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|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Jamal Woolard, Ginger Kroll, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Angela Bassett, Marc John Jefferies, George Tillman Jr., Amanda Christopher, Mohamed Dione, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Dennis L.A. White, Derek Luke, Menyone DeVeaux, Ricky Smith, Anthony Mackie, Cheo Hodari Coker See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 2 minutes|
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The dramatic retelling of the life, improbable rise, and violent fall of rapper Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious B. I. G.), NOTORIOUS plays like a STAR IS BORN set to a rattling gangsta snare. With crisp direction by George Tillman Jr.., producer of the BARBERSHOP series, the film is briskly paced and strikes a worthy balance between sensationalized celebrity biopic and behind-the-scenes drama. NTSC Starring Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Jamal Woolard, Julia Pace Mitchell, Director George Tillman 2-Disc Set Region 1 NTSC Theatrical Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2. 40 Audio: DTS Surround 5. 1 - English Subtitles - English, French, Spanish Disc 1: NOTORIOUS Additional Release Material: Trailers: Forced Trailer: WOLVERINE Theatrical Trailer, VALKYRIE, S. DARKO, THE WRESTLER, SETH MACFARLANE'S CAVALCADE OF CARTOON COMEDY Audio Commentary.
In music terms, Brooklyn’s Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace was a hip-hop superstar to rival Oakland’s Tupac Shakur. In movie terms, however, 2Pac has long overshadowed B.I.G. with the films he made as an actor and the documentaries that followed in the wake of his similarly-unsolved murder. George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor) aims to correct that imbalance with Notorious, the authorized biography of the larger-than-life New York rapper. Produced by his mother, Voletta Wallace (played by Angela Bassett), and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke), Tillman presents Biggie as a bright child who grew up to be a drug dealer before finding his true calling on stage, only to be cut down in the prime of life. In his feature-film debut, Jamal "Gravy" Woolard captures Biggie's complexity--the loyalty to his crew, the disloyalty to his ladies (including Lil' Kim and Faith Evans)--but struggles to make him as sympathetic as the figure that emerges in Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac, simply because the script relies too heavily on the usual musical-bio clichés. Fortunately, several bright spots elevate the scenario, such as Anthony Mackie as Pac, Christopher Wallace Jr. as young Biggie, and Woolard's rapping, which segues seamlessly into B.I.G.'s (the soundtrack mixes original tracks with remakes). If Notorious isn't a failure, it isn't a triumph either, but Tillman has crafted it with love and respect, and only a stone could remain unmoved by the real-life funeral footage at the end. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.55 x 5.38 x 7.5 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : FXSE2258064DVD
- Director : George Tillman Jr.
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : April 21, 2009
- Actors : Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Mohamed Dione, Dennis L.A. White
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : Fox Searchlight
- ASIN : B001TUZGPO
- Writers : Cheo Hodari Coker, Reggie Rock Bythewood
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First let me say I picked this up on Blu Ray, and the quality is top notch! The on screen visuals are excellent, faces are perfect tone, and really glow! whites are bright, blacks are dark and inky, excellent all around picture quality is definitely present in this disc.
Sound is also amazing with a 5.1 DTS HD soundtrack that really shines when you get the studio scenes, bass is deep, mids are razor sharp, and highs are crystal clear. The dialogue also comes over perfectly, with no problems hearing conversations over background music or ambient sounds.
Now onto the movie...if I had to use one word it would be breathtaking! I came into this movie expecting nothing more than 8 Mile (which I really disliked) and about on level with Get Rich Or Die Trying (another movie I wasn't a fan of) I guess I based this on the fact that Chris wasn't here to act his own character, I read James Woolard (Notorious) had never acted before...and was a bit skeptical as to the performance he would give, to my surprise it was JAW DROPPING!
Everything from the voice to the look was spot on, and I couldn't wait to hear him speak, it just reminded me of that awesome voice he has on all his tracks. The characters playing Sean "puffy" Combs, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, and D-Roc, were all amazing, and wonderfully acted!
The story is heartwarming and at times hard to swallow, but to my amazement the amount of "gang" related material was almost non existent, which is a nice change from movies like Hustle and Flow, and Get Rich Or Die Trying...every scene seemed like somebody was fighting or getting shot.
In my honest opinion, even if your not a fan of Hip Hop, or Notorious B.I.G for that matter, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie! I'm not gonna give any story details away, only the fact that the script, and acting is excellent! Ill even admit the end of this movie even got my eyes to well up a bit...and that never happens!!
Either rent this movie, just to enjoy the excellent story, or pick it up and add it to your collection...it definitely moved to the top of my movie list!
I knew that this movie will be good but I didn't knew that it will be this good.
The picture was even cooler then the best music video.
BIG's life was less harder like Eminem (from the other movie 8 MILES) before he became famous. He got caught to policemen a lot of times selling drugs. But he struggle to be a singer.
But as soon as he became famous, I think he forgot everything and became corrupted big time.
He had a child from a girl when he was 17 and after he became famous he got married with a beautiful lady.
Then he had affairs a bunch of times with other ladies. He just couldn't stop it.
He spent money for parties and s*** and enjoyed his life for nothing.
The problem was there was collides going on between eastcost and westcoast rappers and when BIG went to LA for tour, he was shot and got killed at the age of 24. Not even saw his second album got released.
It was delighted to hear many songs that I didn't even know that I knew already.
And it was great to see Jamal Woolard's nice acting and rest of the dude's as well.
The biggest surprise was he color tone of the Afro-American's skin. How they showed the beauty of their image into screen. It was like dark chocolate. It really mesmerised me.
The slow motion of cigarette smoke was like a legendary postcard or some kind of calander picture. That was really cool.
Although I quite smoking for years, I wanted to smoke when I saw that iamge. (Which I won't.)
I saw the UNRATED version of the film but I don't see any real disturbing scene so I think the difference between R rated version and director's cut is just the matter of running time.
I am so glad that I now have both 8 MILES DVD and this NOROTIOUS BLURAY.
Anyone who likes music, I highly recommand to watch this and since this bluray is so cheap, I urge you to own it in bluray.
The picture and sound are so perfect, I think it is way superior than the DVD.