BAADASSSSS!

Overview

Director Mario Van Peebles' lovingly made homage to his legendary filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles' career-defining independent feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song arrives on DVD in fine form from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is generally stable despite some minor evidence of edge-enhancement. Colors are evenly balanced and blacks solid. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and rings through clearly without ...
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Overview

Director Mario Van Peebles' lovingly made homage to his legendary filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles' career-defining independent feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song arrives on DVD in fine form from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is generally stable despite some minor evidence of edge-enhancement. Colors are evenly balanced and blacks solid. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and rings through clearly without any distortion or hiss. Optional French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles are also accessible. For those who know and love the film that inspired Baadasssss!, Columbia TriStar has opted to include some truly captivating bonus materials that involve both generations of Van Peebles. A lively and informative audio commentary track features both Melvin and Mario, opening with the father giving his son's film a heartfelt blessing and going on to discuss the numerous parallels shared by Baadasssss! and Sweetback. Of course, Melvin offers a wealth of information regarding the production of his pioneering film, and it's fun to hear the interaction between father and son as they discuss their experiences making each other's respective films. A featurette entitled "The Birth of Black Cinema" puts Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in a historical perspective through interviews with such filmmakers as Michael Mann, Ossie Davis, and John Singleton as well as Melvin's original crew, and it also discusses the political climate that fed the need for such a film with such figures as Bill Cosby and Melvin Van Peebles biographer Sandra Ruch. Footage from the premiere of Baadasssss! finds the cast and crew discussing their experiences making the film, and a half-hour-long question and answer session with Melvin gives the filmmaker ample time to discuss his career leading up to Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, the need for more complexity in black film, and the revelation that his original film is actually a springboard for a trilogy that has since never been completed. The session is very informative, with Melvin fielding numerous questions from the audience before wrapping things up. A collection of poster art for Baadasssss! offers some impressive artwork, and a handful of previews for other Columbia TriStar titles round out the features nicely.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles; Featurette: "The Birth of Black Cinema"; Featurette: "The Premiere"; American Cinematheque Q & A with Melvin Van Peebles; Poster explorations; Previews
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Honoring his father even by using the same number of superfluous letters in his title, Mario Van Peebles has assembled one of the most bracing films about guerilla filmmaking ever committed to celluloid. Not only that, but as a witness to and subsequent reenactor of the events in the film, Van Peebles brings a gritty authenticity to BAADASSSSS! that makes it a 1970s time capsule on par with a film like Boogie Nights. Van Peebles is unflinching in his portrayal of father Melvin's struggles to bring the granddaddy of blaxploitation films to the big screen, which manifested themselves in such a dramatic physical way that the elder Van Peebles almost lost his eyesight. The fact that Mario plays Melvin heightens the intensity, as the role requires him to relive childhood traumas from the perspective of the man doing the traumatizing. In fact, the film gives the phrases "labor of love" and "project close to my heart" entirely new meanings. It's as much an achievement in mature filmmaking for Mario Van Peebles as Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was for Melvin, since Mario had not directed a film in five years, and had never directed a film with any acclaim, possibly excepting New Jack City. The scenes of the patchwork crew scrambling through locations without permits and scaling all heights to finish on schedule are priceless bits of urban filmmaking lore. It's also interesting to see an early incarnation of Earth, Wind & Fire agreeing to record the soundtrack for shockingly low pay.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
The beauty of Baadasssss! is the way Mario Van Peebles salutes his father's truth by coaxing it into legend.
The New Yorker - David Denby
Mario Van Peebles creates what can only be called a lucid fantasia; the movie quickly reaches a pitch of manic activity and stays there. It’s an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.

Mario Van Peebles creates what can only be called a lucid fantasia; the movie quickly reaches a pitch of manic activity and stays there. It’s an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • UPC: 043396043688
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,038

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles
Joy Bryant Priscilla
T.K. Carter Bill Cosby
Ossie Davis Granddad
David Alan Grier Clyde Houston
Nia Long Sandra
Paul Rodriguez Jose Garcia
Khleo Thomas Mario
Rainn Wilson Bill Harris
Adam West Bert
Bridget Avildsen Trick or Treater
Joan Blair Brenda
Penny Bae Bridges Megan
Buzzxsassy Union Thug
E.J. Callahan Bartender
Terry Crews Big T
Joseph Culp Attorney
Keith Diamond Large Brother
Rey Diogo Union Thug
Don Dowe Officer
Pamela Gordon Ethel
Danny Hebert Crew Member
Michele Hill Biker Girl
Wesley Jonathan Panther
Craig Jones Trick or Treater
Khalil Kain Maurice
Kate Krystowiak Moonbeam
Len Lesser Manny Goldberg, Mort Goldberg
Jazsmin Lewis Working Girl
Brian "Skinny B" Lewis Panther
Thomas Longo Camera Assistant
Ralph P. Martin Tommy David
Mickey Mello David
Christopher Michael Journalist
Lester Miller Nora
Tyrone M. Mitchell Man
Alan James Morgan Josh
Robert Peters Bob Maxwell
Glenn Plummer Angry Brother
Robert Primes Union Thug
Paul Roach Pimpy Paul
Anthony Rodriguez Fernando
Saul Rubinek Howie
Brent Schaffer Panther
Vincent Schiavelli Jerry
John Singleton Detroit J
David Alan Smith Brewster
Sally Struthers Roz
Maya Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Mandela Van Peebles Angel Muse
Marley Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Karimah Westbrook Ginney
Nathan Wetherington Jimmy
Robin McLiam Wilson Excited Lady
Robert Yosses Script Supervisor
Technical Credits
Mario Van Peebles Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli Art Director
Anya Colloff Casting
Ian Dodd Camera Operator
Kokeeta Douglas Makeup
José Garcia Consultant/advisor
Bruce Gillies Asst. Director, Producer
Nneka Goforth Editor
Tobie Haggerty Executive Producer, Producer
Dennis Haggerty Co-producer, Screenwriter
Ipostini Casting
Michael Mann Executive Producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Anthony Miller Editor
Alan Muraoka Production Designer
Michael O'Connor Cinematographer
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
David Parker Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Parker Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Primes Cinematographer
Galit Reuben Set Decoration/Design
G. Marq Roswell Co-producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Kara Saun Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Slack Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Garth Trinidad Musical Direction/Supervision
Tal Vigderson Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:10]
2. Street Brother [4:59]
3. Going Independent [5:02]
4. Clyde Houston [4:03]
5. The Business [4:48]
6. Greenlight [3:01]
7. Location Scouting [5:17]
8. Auditions [4:49]
9. The Crew [4:27]
10. More Bad News [4:08]
11. 1st Day of Shooting [3:43]
12. Speech Lessons [4:54]
13. Sweetback [4:43]
14. Mario [4:47]
15. Prop Malfunction [3:16]
16. Reality Check [4:49]
17. "Fun Is the Enemy" [5:01]
18. "Time Is of the Essence" [3:41]
19. The Screening [5:32]
20. Rated? [3:20]
21. Distribution [2:25]
22. The Message [1:23]
23. Soundtrack [1:09]
24. World Premiere [1:23]
25. Last Showing [2:58]
26. Redemption [3:41]
27. Sold Out [1:09]
28. True Story [3:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Languages
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary With Mario and Melvin Van Peebles: On
      Commentary With Mario and Melvin Van Peebles: Off
      The Birth of Black Cinema
      The Premiere
      American Cinematheque Q&A With Melvin Van Peebles
      Poster Explorations
      Previews
         Baadasssss!
         Carandiru
         She Hate Me
         Warriors of Heaven and Earth
         Seinfeld
         You Got Served
         Breakin' All the Rules
         White Chicks
   Previews
      Baadasssss!
      Carandiru
      She Hate Me
      Warriors of Heaven and Earth
      Seinfeld
      You Got Served
      Breakin' All the Rules
      White Chicks
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