Denzel Washington Spotlight Collection

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Overview

Spike Lee's 1990 directing effort is a jazz film, the story of a fictional trumpeter named Bleek Gilliam Denzel Washington. He leads a quintet at the Beneath the Underground club with a flashy saxophonist named Shadow Henderson Wesley Snipes. Though Shadow takes a few too many solos, everything seems fine in Bleek's life. Trouble soon arises, however, and he is forced to make decisions regarding both his best friend Giant Spike Lee, and his relationships with two women. Giant, his manager and old pal, is addicted...
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Overview

Spike Lee's 1990 directing effort is a jazz film, the story of a fictional trumpeter named Bleek Gilliam Denzel Washington. He leads a quintet at the Beneath the Underground club with a flashy saxophonist named Shadow Henderson Wesley Snipes. Though Shadow takes a few too many solos, everything seems fine in Bleek's life. Trouble soon arises, however, and he is forced to make decisions regarding both his best friend Giant Spike Lee, and his relationships with two women. Giant, his manager and old pal, is addicted to gambling and often gets roughed up by thugs looking for pay back. Bleek is the only member of the quintet who wants to keep him as manager. The trumpeter's woman problems concern trying to decide between two girlfriends who both love him: a schoolteacher Joie Lee and a singer Cynda Williams. Spike's father Bill Lee scored the film, with contributions from Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Abbey Lincoln and Ruben Blades who plays Giant's bookie.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Many know Rubin "Hurricane" Carter best as the subject of Bob Dylan's thundering '70s ballad which plays over the credits of The Hurricane. But the harrowing, true-life story of the black prizefighter falsely convicted of murder then vindicated after two decades in jail becomes gripping screen entertainment in the hands of director Norman Jewison A Solider's Story. Denzel Washington, at his most riveting, drives the film with his impassioned, Oscar-nominated portrayal of the hot-tempered pugilist whose prison-penned autobiography becomes the instrument of his salvation. After reading the book, black teenager Lesra Martin played by Vicellous Reon Shannon convinces three Canadian friends Liev Schreiber, Deborah Unger, and John Hannah to help him prove Hurricane's innocence -- but they're blocked at every turn by corrupt police and a disinterested judiciary. The Hurricane cowritten by Carter telescopes time and eliminates numerous characters and events from the incredible story, culminating with a suspenseful courtroom scene that will have you on the edge of your chair. The result is a heartfelt expression of social conscience that also manages to be dynamic cinema.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Spike Lee remains something of a maverick American filmmaker. With Inside Man, though, he gets to have his cake and eat it too, crafting a mainstream Hollywood product that also bears the unmistakable signature of its audacious director. Denzel Washington stars as an NYPD hostage negotiator detailed to a Wall Street bank where an armed robbery has spiraled out of control. The heist’s mastermind (a superb Clive Owen) remains cool, dealing from a position of strength -- he has taken hostages and is prepared to kill them if his demands aren’t met. Still, there’s even more to the daring robbery than meets the eye; eventually, we become aware that the roots of this crime lie deep in the past. Christopher Plummer, as a bank president with his own secrets, delivers a forceful, if brief, performance, while Jodie Foster impresses as a power broker hired by Plummer to look after his personal interests in the crisis. Her sudden arrival on the scene adds unwelcome intrigue to Washington’s challenge. Lee’s directorial hand asserts itself through a daring, dramatically effective storytelling device: The action is periodically interrupted by after-the-fact recollections from rescued hostages participating in police debriefings. Lee also injects issues of race and class into the proceedings in ways that would feel gratuitous from a lesser director. Although it is, essentially, a simple thriller, Inside Man triumphs on the strength of its superior ensemble and imaginative direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • UPC: 025193230720
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Digi-Pak / Slip Sleeve / Mixed Media Set
  • Language: English
  • Time: 8:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,253

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inside Man
1. Who, What, Where, When, Why [4:13]
2. Hostage Situation [8:52]
3. Smarter Than You [7:31]
4. Tactical Situation [4:52]
5. A Small Problem [4:52]
6. Satisfaction Guaranteed [5:18]
7. Asking a Favor [4:35]
8. List of Demands [5:12]
9. Negotiating [11:44]
10. Outside Influence [9:32]
11. Protecting Interests [5:42]
12. Cornered [4:52]
13. Buying Time [1:35]
14. No Options [6:16]
15. Nugged [5:26]
16. Going In [5:34]
17. Got Nothing [5:39]
18. Follow the Ring [5:03]
19. Searching for Truth [8:58]
20. End Titles [6:50]
Disc #2 -- The Hurricane
1. Champion [7:54]
2. Murder at the Lafayette [5:50]
3. The Book Picks You [3:37]
4. The Kid From Paterson [7:36]
5. A Liberated Man [4:04]
6. The Warrior Scholar [6:07]
7. Like a Hurricane [8:55]
8. The Setup [4:37]
9. Guilty [4:25]
10. The Hole [14:12]
11. Lesra's Letter [5:08]
12. Lazarus and the Hurricane [11:24]
13. New Friends [4:30]
14. Carter's Foot Soldiers [12:58]
15. The Dangerous Truth [9:08]
16. The Private Eye's Secret [5:56]
17. The Last Stand [11:30]
18. Risen From the Dead [2:22]
19. The Judge's Decision [4:23]
20. Epilogue/End Titles [6:19]
Disc #3 -- The Bone Collector
1. Main Titles [3:43]
2. A Living Nightmare [1:17]
3. Taxi to Hell [2:30]
4. Two Shoulders & A Brain [4:18]
5. Amelia [2:40]
6. The Crime Scene [10:54]
7. Rhyme's New Protégé [4:37]
8. To Stop a Killer [13:42]
9. Amelia Goes In [9:59]
10. The Dead Cop's Daughter [4:46]
11. The Next Victim [4:22]
12. Signs of a Slaughter [2:17]
13. A Feast for the Rats [4:00]
14. Shut Down [6:45]
15. The Third Victims [9:40]
16. The Bone Collector [3:48]
17. Death Under the Pier [3:59]
18. The Last Victim [8:27]
19. Reasons to Live [7:16]
20. End Titles [2:32]
Disc #4 -- Mo' Better Blues
1. Main Titles [3:58]
2. Childhood [4:14]
3. The End Result [7:35]
4. At Home [4:05]
5. Practice [6:14]
6. The Numbers [2:15]
7. At the Club [10:58]
8. Giant Owes [3:27]
9. She Wants to Sing [3:10]
10. The Band [9:45]
11. The Dress [15:00]
12. Giant's Trouble [14:32]
13. The Ultimatum [6:41]
14. Comeuppance [12:21]
15. Bleak Times [13:06]
16. New Hope [4:17]
17. Full Circle [2:12]
18. End Titles [5:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Inside Man
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Frazier Goes to Work
         No Woman, No Cry
         Darius Compliments Frazier
         News Reports
         Dalton Speaks of Case's Sins
         Play All
      The Making of Inside Man
      Number 4
      Feature Commentary With Director Spike Lee: On/Off
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
         DVS - Descriptive Video Service
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Off
Disc #2 -- The Hurricane
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Spotlight on Location the Making of the Hurricane
      Deleted Scenes With Special Introduction by the Director
      Feature Commentary With Director Norman Jewison
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
         Feature Commentary With Director Norman Jewison
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
         English
         None
   Play
Disc #3 -- The Bone Collector
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Spotlight on Location
      Feature Commentary With Director Phillip Noyce
      Production Notes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English DTS
         English Dolby Digital
         Français Dolby Digital
         Feature Commentary With Director Phillip Noyce
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
         English
         None
   Play
Disc #4 -- Mo' Better Blues
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Off
   Play
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