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Carmen - A Hip Hopera

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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


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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: WarnerBrothers
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000069I0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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