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Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12 (Unrated Version) (2005)

R. Kelly , Cat Wilson , R. Kelly , Jim Swaffield  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: R. Kelly, Cat Wilson, Rolando Boyce, LeShay N. Tomlinson, Malik Middleton
  • Directors: R. Kelly, Jim Swaffield
  • Writers: R. Kelly
  • Producers: R. Kelly, Ann Carli, Barry Weiss, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Rick Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BI5MQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12 (Unrated Version)" on IMDb

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The 12 part tale of an adulterous encounter and more has enough twists and turns to leave fans gasping for more. This DVD also features never-before-seen footage, b-roll and behind the scenes footage and more.

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322 of 344 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surrealist masterpiece December 6, 2005
Trapped in the Closet is a a work of unadulterated, if perhaps unintentional, genius which rests comfortably alongside the work of

Bunuel and Dali. What begins as a stereotypical melodrama quickly escalates into an epic farce which gleefully subverts our conception of what is possible and impossible. Lines like "he's opening the dresser / I pull out my berreta" and "then the midget takes his inhaler out" elevate R. Kelly's meisterwerk into storytelling genius. The subtle touches, like the fact that the midget has asthma, or that the Cop's wife is allergic to cherry pie, are like the details in a Bosch, giving life to the hellscape of modern life and revealing to us, in an age when we find ourselves drawn increasingly apart, that we are all connected in ways which may never be revealed to us, until we are forced into the closet by the unexpected arrival of a one night stand's spouse. R. Kelly's narrative interludes, delivered from inside the closet, remind us of the intent of the artist in orchestrating events, and casts R. Kelly into the mold of a sympathetic but ultimately helpless creator. By revealing to the audience both his control over evetns and his ultimate helplessness, he reminds us strikingly of Humbert Humbert in his asides to the jury.

Also, the most important thing to remember while watching is that R. Kelly peed on a 14 year old girl.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic November 21, 2005
R. Kelly, or "Kells", has stated innumerable times that Trapped In The Closet will be something for the ages--something that will be appreciated for "twenty years". Why he puts the limiter of twenty years on it, I can't possibly fathom, but twenty years it is. I, for one, must agree with him.

Trapped In The Closet is the most peculiar and enjoyable musical experiment I've seen since Shock Treatment, or perhaps Streets of Fire. But where Shock Treatment was camp, and Streets of Fire was bombastic, Trapped In The Closet is absolute insanity.

In supposedly basing his story on "reality," we get a closer look into Kells' psyche--and a scary look it is. In his opinion, it's compeletely normal for people to pull out a gun at the slightest provocation (e.g., being offered pears too many times). Guns are also not all that dangerous (regard his head-scratching with his Beretta, and also the extremely bloody but ultimately immaterial wound his brother-in-law receives). Everyone in R. Kelly's world cheats (even midgets).

What makes this so much fun is the extreme level of detail he provides. Conversations are sung almost verbatim as they may occur. Consider this exchange between R. and his wife: "Remember my friend Tina?" "Yeah, I think so, I might know her if I seen her." "Well she's got this friend, Roxanne." "Who the hell is Roxanne?" "She's friends with this dude Rufus, and he's cool with Chuck." And it goes on and on. Another classic line: "He says yes, I say no, he says yes, I say no." Aw heck, another favorite: "I say ba-, she say Shuddup."

There is so much that's bizarre about this. The unrated version is inexplicably intermittently censored, but rather than a beep sound, it's R. Kelly going "doot" in tune with the music.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You must be crazy or on crack..." December 19, 2005
Don't read about it in reviews or articles online (and yes, I'm fully aware of the fact that what you'll be getting if you read beyond this sentence might classify as a "review"). Just watch it. Just do whatever it is that you need to do to witness R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet. The problem with most articles and reviews online, such as those here at Amazon or at Rolling Stone, is that they give you too much. For a work such as this, spoilers are unforgivable. The psychotically insane genius of TitC relies partly on surprising the viewer with its confounding plot revelations. Beyond that, however, there is simply Kellz' beautiful (sometimes so in spite of the subject matter) vocal performance. In fact, in many ways it is the incongruity of the angelic beauty of the vocal performance with the STUPID plot twists and ghetto dialogue that really makes TitC worth watching and discussing. Otherwise it would just be a rambling, repulsive joke. As it stands, it is a rambling and repulsive might-or-might-not-be joke that sticks in your head and puts your jaw on the floor. The thing that really keeps me intrigued is contemplating R. Kelly's actual intent with this piece. It is absurd beyond anything anyone could have predicted, but there remains ambiguity about whether or not he intended it to be a joke. Whether he did or whether he didn't, however, the fact of the matter is that TitC is unlike any piece ever produced in popular music history. R. Kelly has succeeded in doing something so boldly unconventional that the question of his sanity is finally put to rest: R. Kelly has lost his mind, and he has enough money and notoriety to share it with all of you out there in TV Land.

Although he has been convicted of no crime, there is a great deal of likelihood that R.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I find it hard to believe that this is not a comedy. December 25, 2005
Simply put, this is the "Spinal Tap" of R & B/soul music. My friends and I, all fans of great r & b, soul, and hip-hop, were laughing like hyenas throughout this hilarious video. Imagine the lowest level plot and script writing possible, combined with a repeating song that is also at the lowest level of what r& b/soul has the potential to be, and add to that acting and action that are so unbelievably cheesy and insulting to one's basic, basic, basic level of intelligence that it is outright hilarious. I mean it! This should really be marketed as a comedy, because it is outright GENIUS if you look at it that way. I have never laughed so hard in years. If you want to see the depths that R. Kelly can dig down in to, check out this video, and prepare for a true comedy classic.

I find it hard to believe that anyone considers this a work of is comedy at it's greatest, parody at it's fullest, and horrifyingly bad lyric and plot writing at it's worst. The only redeeming quality is that R. Kelly seems to take it very seriously, which provides laughs like you may have not experienced before.

Totally embarrassing to any serious fan of great talent, but absolutely worth it to see one of the most absurd, comical things you might ever see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, hilarious, groundbreaking!
This is one of the most bizarre series you will watch. Utterly hilarious. We watched during lunchbreaks at work and have to say, it truly is mesmerizing.
Published 5 days ago by B. Vaughan
3.0 out of 5 stars I was very surpise how soon we got this package.
This was a great CD from start to finish R. Kelly has done it again, I would recommend the CD to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars hands down..
This is the best hip hopera I have heard. I highly recommend this work for those that like to see creativity in music with a social message about relationships.
Published 7 months ago by J.Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I purchased it to see all the episodes together, very nice. It arrived before promised, and a very good deal. i will share this company with my family and friends.
Published 13 months ago by A. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars trapped in the closet 1-12
awesome play i love this movie, I have the second one as well, i am looking for the rest if there are any
Published 20 months ago by Jetta Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
this is a very good movie/song for R. Kelly. Can't wait for 24 of the next chapter to come out..
Published 21 months ago by James K. Rucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-unaware Splendor
This is the best film I've watched in ages. I also enjoyed the special feature commentary provided by R. Kelly. He explains "in case you did not notice, the entire thing rhymes! Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Noway Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars :D
The DVD was in great shape, the process was very easy, and it came in sooner than it said it would. Overall, great transaction!
Published on November 6, 2011 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars *****GENIUS*****
Published on November 6, 2011 by SWAGG
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, Amazing, The Symbol of a Generation
The angelic voice of R. Kelly as he sings beautiful line after beautiful line...
..combined with the amazing acting... Read more
Published on February 10, 2011 by K. Wilkes
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