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Black and White

Director: James Toback

Cast: James Toback, Scott Caan, Robert Downey Jr., Stacy Edwards

     
 

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James Toback's gritty urban drama about hip-hop culture and identity crises comes to DVD with a solid 2.35:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Both soundtracks are closed-captioned, and English subtitles are also accessible. Bonus features include a commentary track by the director,

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James Toback's gritty urban drama about hip-hop culture and identity crises comes to DVD with a solid 2.35:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Both soundtracks are closed-captioned, and English subtitles are also accessible. Bonus features include a commentary track by the director, as well as a featurette consisting of a video diary kept by Toback. Music videos, theatrical trailers, and a series of deleted scenes and outtakes complete this fine package from Columbia/TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director James Toback (Two Girls and a Guy) daringly tackles the subject of race relations with this absorbing drama, which attempts to analyze the appeal of hip-hop culture to upscale white youth. Filmed in quasi-documentary style -- utilizing handheld cameras, long takes, and overlapping dialogue -- the diffusely plotted Black and White relies on the seemingly improvisational interaction between its cast members. These include Bijou Phillips, who plays an upper-middle-class New York teen whose posturing impresses gangsta rappers in Harlem; Brooke Shields, appearing as a documentary filmmaker married to openly gay Robert Downey Jr.; Allan Houston, portraying an African-American college basketball star bribed by undercover cop Ben Stiller; and, in a cameo role, Mike Tyson. The large ensemble also includes Claudia Schiffer, Stacy Edwards, Jared Leto, Elijah Wood, Joe Pantoliano, and even Toback himself. An unusually ambitious little film, Black and White never quite answers the questions it poses, but it will fully engage viewers attracted to hip-hop's urban milieu.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director and screenwriter James Toback returns to the subject of identity with this thoughtful but meandering drama that, like his other films, is largely built upon improvisational performances. The director's courage is evident in every frame as he addresses a taboo subject: white teens who are willing to do anything for acceptance by their African-American friends and the striving by these same African-Americans to achieve mainstream success in the "white" world. Black and White (1999) starts off strong with a provocative performance by newcomer Bijou Phillips as the most unapologetic seeker of approval from her hip-hop-loving friends. Phillips eventually fades into the background, and the film becomes hampered by Toback's insistence upon grafting a standard crime-drama plot onto proceedings involving a crooked cop (well played with his trademark romantic desperation by Ben Stiller) out to frame a basketball star, and the violent consequence of his scheme. All the threads come together in the powerful finale, however, and despite its flaws, the end result is one of Toback's best films.
Entertainment Weekly - Troy Patterson
...Black and White easily earns distinction as the greatest semi-improvised didactic fantasy ever made about cultural miscegenation.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0043396052888
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
57,098

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Feature audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English; Director's commentary; Exclusive featurette: James Toback's video diary; Deleted scenes and alternate takes; Music videos; Theatrical trailers ; Interactive menus; Direct weblink

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Caan Scotty
Robert Downey Terry
Stacy Edwards Sheila King
Allan Houston Dean
Gaby Hoffmann Raven
Brooke Shields Sam
Ben Stiller Mark Clear
Elijah Wood Wren
Ron Silver Actor
Gina Gershon Actor
Rory Cochrane Actor
Kidada Jones Jesse
Jared Leto Casey
Marla Maples Muffy
Joe Pantoliano Bill King
Bijou Phillips Charlie
Power Rich Bower
Raekwon Cigar
Claudia Schiffer Greta
William Lee Scott Will King
Eddie Kaye Thomas Marty King
James Toback Arnie Tishman
Mike Tyson himself
Kim Matulova Kim

Technical Credits
James Toback Director,Screenwriter
Antonio L. Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Bigel Producer
Mark Burg Executive Producer
Stephanie Corsalini Casting
David Ferrara Cinematographer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Myron Kerstein Editor
Oren Koules Executive Producer
Vince Maggio Asst. Director
Michael Mailer Producer
Hooman Majd Executive Producer
Power Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Raekwon Associate Producer
Jacki Roach Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Ross Production Designer
Ron Rotholz Producer
American Cream Team Songwriter
Alinur Velidedeoglu Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:21]
2. "Daddy'S Little Girl" [5:23]
3. Charlie [:45]
4. Rich [2:55]
5. The Question Of Identity [2:25]
6. Terry & Sam [2:34]
7. Dean [1:07]
8. Cigar [2:48]
9. Questions & Answers [1:12]
10. Mark [1:59]
11. George Wayne [3:51]
12. Greta [1:45]
13. 75% [2:50]
14. Dean Takes The Bribe [5:52]
15. Sea Cruising [1:47]
16. The Wall [5:28]
17. Under Arrest [1:49]
18. Wren [2:29]
19. "I Got Caught." [1:57]
20. Mike Tyson [5:23]
21. Room 406 [2:11]
22. Wisdom [4:44]
23. Opening Night [5:54]
24. Homicide [:23]
25. Urgent Meeting [3:15]
26. Redemption [8:19]
27. Terry Goes Solo [5:08]
28. Future Plans [2:39]

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