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Carmen - A Hip Hopera

4.3 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (DVD)

Destiny's Child's sultry songstress Beyoncé Knowles (Austin Powers in Goldmember) plays the seductive Carmen Brown in the first hip-hop opera ever produced. CARMEN: A HIP HOPERA retells Georges Bizet's classic opera Carmen in a contemporary, urban setting, where the drama plays out in verse and the songs convey raw emotions. Mekhi Phifer, Reagan Gomez-Preston and recording artists Mos Def (aka Dante Beze), Wyclef Jean, Lil' Bow Wow and Da Brat also star in this edgy, provocative tale of two ill-fated lovers.

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Recasting Bizet's classic opera as a musical tale in the 'hood, Carmen: A Hip Hopera proves that the plot's not the thing. By retaining the story but jettisoning Bizet's individual musical numbers that propel the tragedy to its inevitable conclusion, this Carmen founders on familiarity: it's just another soap opera about two lovers whose tryst proves fatal. Occasionally, the music quotes Bizet's famous themes, but most of the rapping and singing sound interchangeable. What makes this Carmen worth seeing, however, is the scintillating performance of Beyoncé Knowles (of the trio Destiny's Child) in the lead role. From her first entrance in a dazzling red gown, Knowles shows off a vibrant, magnetic personality; the camera loves her, as her group's many music videos have shown, but they only hint at how impressively she holds the screen. Can she act? The jury's still out, but Carmen: A Hip Hopera--however disappointing this hybrid is in most ways--showcases a compelling movie-star presence. --Kevin Filipski

Special Features

  • "The Making of Carmen: An MTV Special"
  • Scene and song access

Product Details

  • Actors: Mekhi Phifer, Beyonce, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Joy Bryant
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Producers: Michael Elliot, Graig Hutchison, Loretha Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carmen - A Hip Hopera" on IMDb

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A Kid's Review on December 24, 2003
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I think that this movie is definately worth your money and your time. It is fabulous and it involes alot of r'n'b singing and music. The story is fabulous and of course the actor is fabulous: BEYONCE KNOWLES!
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Carmen is the story of Beyonce - the troublemaker and hottie of the town, and Mekhi Phifer who plays Officer Hill. Hill is engaged to the perfect woman (not Beyonce, another girl)... until one night when he has to drive Carmen to the police station and thats when the drama begins. Carmen will do anything to get out of going to jail. Even seducing him. And thats where everything starts to go wrong..

Its not anything spectacular, but its good to watch once or twice. The songs in it are pretty good.. especially "If looks could kill" which Beyonce & Mos Def sang really well... and the twist definately suprised me. There are some boring bits, but overall i enjoyed it and i think its worth watching.

Oh and the quality of the dvd was good too!
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This is a nice fresh modern updated version of the original Classicaly Opera written by the French composer Georges Biet - pronouced Geeeoorge Bee Zay. This musicial - melo/drama - based work will catch any persons attention after they reconize the catchy tunes. Especially if tthe have had any exposure to Classical music in their earlier years in high school. Afterall all hip hop music is not about the bling , women & cars. Example R.Kelly's The Closet. Moore reviews on films like this to come later.
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The term "guilty-pleasure" has become so trite and over-used. If you like something, you like it. Don't be embarrassed. That being said I LOVED this movie when it premiered back in the TRL days of MTV. I love musical theater/opera and Beyonce, so this was everything my little 14-year-old heart could have wanted. Bought the soundtrack, memorized all the songs, I was all in. Unfortunately the copy I had got a crack in it, so I was forced to repurchase.

I'ma be honest with you. I rated this 4 stars because of nostalgia, and my love for Queen Bey. It might actually warrant only 2. The lyrics will leave you baffled: "Ayo I came from the projects/ Now I want the condos/ Tryna be a star/ And now you messin' up my cosmos" (ugh) and the acting is...yeesh. Oooh BUT for a fun drinking game - take a shot every time Joy Bryant shows up dressed in something camo (this was the early 2000s, after all). Mom-drunk on wine is a really good mood to be in when you watch this. If you're a Beyhive stan and want to add this to your library, go for it. If you're reeeeaaaally curious at how a urban re-telling of the Carmen opera looks like, also go for it. Otherwise....I think there are clips on YouTube?
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What better way to teach students how a long standing famous/popular opera was used as a Hip Hopera. The story line pretty much followed the original story line (key incidents) with a few exceptions and a few embellishments.
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I am a HUGE Beyonce Knowles fan and every Bey fan must have this movie in their collection! The music was fantastic, the acting was...sub-par...but this movie features a lot of artists that I enjoy, so I can deal with the acting not being so good.
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By eboni on October 7, 2012
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I love this movie! I could watch it all day! I can quote each and every song! The songs are amazing the actors were perfect! Beyonce is such a talented actress she plays good in every movie!
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For those who remember the great Carmen Jones movie with Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey and others, you will appreciate this updated version of this great human tragedy/love story. Viewers will be impressed with the performance of a very young Beyoncé.
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