8 Mile

8 Mile

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Director: Curtis Hanson

Cast: Curtis Hanson, Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

     
 

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Curtis Hanson is such a talented filmmaker, it's really too bad that more content isn't added to his movies on DVD. As with L.A. Confidential, this disc doesn't go far enough. An extensive documentary on the making of this film would have been a real plus, but sadly all that is offered is a nine-minute featurette. As much cast and crew interviews and behind theSee more details below

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Overview

Curtis Hanson is such a talented filmmaker, it's really too bad that more content isn't added to his movies on DVD. As with L.A. Confidential, this disc doesn't go far enough. An extensive documentary on the making of this film would have been a real plus, but sadly all that is offered is a nine-minute featurette. As much cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes, as shots from the film, it just doesn't go much further than standard studio PR material. More important, and far longer at around 24 minutes, are actual rap battles put together by the filmmakers to keep the mass of extras actors content during filming. Beyond that is a music tie-in for the soundtracks that takes you to the specific place in the movie for each song, an extremely racy music video for "Superman" from Eminem, the theatrical trailer, and the standard slew of production notes and filmographies. As for the film itself, the sound is a real highlight. Present in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks (as well as a 5.1 track in French) the audio on this disc is very powerful. Since so much of the film is made up of rap music segments, the bass really takes control. The low frequencies are deep and rich, but dialogue is never indistinguishable. The image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate pan-and-scan version, and both also come in censored and uncensored editions) is a faithful representation of the theatrical print. The transfer is nearly perfect, at least as it's intended to be. Grain is evident, and purposeful, while colors stand out against the dreary backgrounds of Detroit. Whether you are fan of Eminem or not, this film is the Rocky of rap films, and while lacking in significant supplements, the DVD is a knock-out punch.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Music superstar Eminem proves that rapping is both an art and a weapon in this sharp, powerful drama directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential). Eminem portrays Rabbit, a young white man living in a trailer park in 1990s Detroit who hopes to rap his way out of his grim existence as a factory worker. In this bleak urban landscape where the skies are always gray, rap is more than just a ticket to fame and fortune: Verbal sparring is woven into the very fabric of daily life. Rap permeates 8 Mile, both as a form of combat and as a spontaneous expression of inner struggles, personal conflicts, and social consciousness. Rabbit's best friend (Mekhi Phifer) emcees rap "battles" at a local club, and these hip-hop showdowns have as much in common with boxing as they do with music. As the sole white man in the competition, Rabbit has yet another strike against him. These scenes are completely riveting, and credit goes both to Hanson's kinetic direction and to Eminem's formidable rhyming talents. The latter holds his own as an actor, too, helped perhaps by the similarity between Rabbit's story and his own path to stardom from the Detroit hip-hop scene. It’s a low-key performance that treads a fine line between anger and vulnerability as Rabbit clashes with his deadbeat mom (Kim Basinger) and woos an aspiring model (Brittany Murphy). The basic story of 8 Mile -- an underdog trying to rise above his sorry lot in life -- is nothing new, but the music and authenticity of the milieu give the film an invigorating freshness. You don't have to be a rap fan to love 8 Mile: It's Rocky for a whole new generation.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The hip-hop generation gets its Saturday Night Fever with 8 Mile, director Curtis Hanson's searing, grimy look at the world of freestyle rap in mid-'90s Detroit and its most notorious progeny, Eminem -- or, more specifically, a rapper nicknamed Rabbit who happens to bear an uncanny similarity to the controversial superstar. The film seems tailor-made to deflect criticism of the media-hungry artist: The man otherwise known as Marshall Mathers is portrayed as a hard worker, doting big brother, and even friend to ostracized gay co-workers. And yet 8 Mile is no puff piece. Eminem's character is also hotheaded, insular, and, with his gray skull cap and headphones perpetually glued to his head, more than a little nerdy. Hanson and writer Scott Silver have managed to create such a vivid milieu, time period, and bank of supporting characters, a first-time actor can't help but succeed, and Eminem acquits himself well -- there isn't a moment when he's grandstanding or playing to the camera. Predictably, the women who orbit Rabbit's life -- including a defiantly cast but strangely appropriate Kim Basinger and an irresistibly tarty Brittany Murphy -- don't fare as well in the scheme of the plot, but they're at least understandably, three-dimensionally pathetic and/or two-timing. Tying it all together are the thrilling, incendiary freestyle scenes, which dovetail perfectly with the drama and underline the pitch-black insult humor that provides the burgeoning rapper -- and seemingly, just about everyone else in Detroit -- with his only real release. After its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, 8 Mile broke box-office records in the US when it garnered the second-largest opening ever for a drama.
Entertainment Weekly
Gritty and electrifying. Owen Gleiberman
New York Times
The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music. Elvis Mitchell
Los Angeles Times
A fascinating, surprisingly entertaining stand-off that has adroitly managed to satisfy both of its constituencies, allowing all sides to legitimately claim victory. Kenneth Turan
Hollywood Reporter
Writer Scott Silver and director Curtis Hanson dig deep into the subculture to deliver a terrific movie. Kirk Honeycutt
New York Observer
I have to go back to James Dean in Elia Kazan's East of Eden and Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause in 1955 to find a comparably jolting piece of male aggressiveness coupled with bottled-up vulnerability. Andrew Sarris

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
UPC:
0025192198120
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
4,790

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive all-new uncensored Eminem rap battles - free-styling rap competition featuring Eminem; Exclusive never-before-seen uncensored "Superman" music video (song from "The Eminem Show" album); Eminem's personal insight into the making of the film; The Music of 8 Mile

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eminem Jimmy Smith, Jr., AKA Rabbit
Kim Basinger Stephanie Smith
Brittany Murphy Alex
Mekhi Phifer Future
Evan Jones Cheddar Bob
Omar Benson Miller Sol George
Eugene Byrd Wink
De'Angelo Wilson DJ Iz
Anthony Mackie Papa Doc
Taryn Manning Janeane
Michael Shannon Greg Buehl
Chloe Greenfield Lily
Craig Chandler Paul
Paul Bates Manny
Jennifer Kitchen Actor
Brandon T. Jackson Club Patron
Proof Actor

Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director,Producer
Jeff Bass Songwriter
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Eminem Score Composer
Carol Fenelon Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Craig Kitson Editor
Kristen Toscano Messina Set Decoration/Design
Philip Messina Production Designer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Parr Co-producer
Paul Rosenberg Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Luis Resto Songwriter
Scott Silver Screenwriter
James Whitaker Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Preparing for Battle (Main Titles)
2. The Shelter
3. 8 Mile Road
4. The Franchise
5. Sweet Home Alabama
6. Saturday Night in the D
7. The Chin Tiki
8. Alex
9. Burn It Down
10. I Got Your Back
11. The Lunchtruck
12. This Ain't My Home
13. Eviction Situation
14. Domestic Disturbance
15. WJLB (313 Baby, Love)
16. Papa Doc Payback
17. The Cripple Convention
18. Rabbit Finds His Voice
19. Final Face-Off
20. Where We Goin'
21. Lose Yourself (End Credits)

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