Higher Learning
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Higher Learning

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Director: John Singleton

Cast: John Singleton, Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport

     
 

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Higher Learning includes an excellent 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that presents the movie in nearly pristine colors. In the opening shot the bright red, white, and blue of the American flag shines and presents one of numerous impressive examples on this picture. Although it lacks the near perfection of reference transfers, it falls only slightly from this… See more details below

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Higher Learning includes an excellent 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that presents the movie in nearly pristine colors. In the opening shot the bright red, white, and blue of the American flag shines and presents one of numerous impressive examples on this picture. Although it lacks the near perfection of reference transfers, it falls only slightly from this perch. Similar to the image transfer, this 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio track features remarkable levels of clarity. The numerous soul, alternative rock, and metal songs blaze across the sound field and add considerable power. The dialogue is easily understandable, even in the heated moments, and the surrounds are utilized nicely throughout the running time. This disc also contains an effective Dolby Surround track, which only drops slightly below its companion in terms of depth and force. Higher Learning features an enjoyable commentary from writer/director John Singleton that contains plenty of intriguing thoughts about the story. Much of the material in this script stems from his own experiences while attending college at U.S.C. Singleton openly explains how numerous scenes originated and shows a refreshing willingness to describe his own life and its connection to the film. It's also impressive to see a filmmaker willing to admit that he's still growing and there are flaws in his creations. Singleton utilizes a conversational tone that makes the track entertaining and insightful without the highbrow tone of some directors. This release also includes selected filmographies for Singleton, Omar Epps, and the other major actors. Full-frame theatrical trailers also exist for this film, including Poetic Justice and Boyz 'N the Hood.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Though it's overwrought and unrealistic, this ensemble drama from John Singleton was the first, and perhaps only, film to treat the identity politics of fin-de-siècle American universities as a subject for exploration rather than critique (Oleanna) or sophomoric parody (P.C.U.). Despite the heavy-handedness of Singleton's script, Higher Learning actually presents a pretty good cross section of the average state school, which often serves as the first taste for isolated teens of the melting pot they've been hearing about since the start of kindergarten. Omar Epps and Michael Rappaport turn in typically strong work as the track-star protagonist and his budding neo-Nazi foil; both characters come under the influence of ideological older men, setting the stage for both thoughtful character development and overwrought dramatics. Along the way we also get a typically fine supporting turn from Singleton regular Regina King and plenty of cool-cat attitude from a perfectly cast Ice Cube. The weakest of the three main plot strands is the one involving Kristy Swanson's date-rape survivor and tentative lesbian. Swanson actually acquits herself admirably, but the part is clumsily written; it's galling to see yet another film that thinks all lesbians are merely women who hate men, however justified. Throw in the inevitable Tori Amos track during the rape sequence and Jennifer Connelly's serene sapphic sister (named, of course, Taryn) and you've got so many lesbian clichés strung together that the film practically becomes a feminist camp classic. Still, Singleton's sympathetic look at the struggles of a variety of incoming freshmen gives the film breadth (and wider marketing opportunities than his previous efforts); the script also deftly intertwines the paths of its characters, resulting in a film that feels like a unified whole. Laurence Fishburne's regal, concerned professor may be a far cry from the clueless TAs who teach most freshmen courses at big schools, but his performance gives a much-needed grown-up perspective to a film that sometimes mirrors the callowness of its younger characters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0043396067684
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
14,449

Special Features

Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video; Widescreen Presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director's Commentary; Theatrical Trailers; Filmographies; Interactive Menus; Scene Selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Omar Epps Malik Williams
Kristy Swanson Kristen Connor
Michael Rapaport Remy
Jennifer Connelly Taryn
Ice Cube Fudge
Busta Rhymes Dreads
Tyra Banks Deja
Laurence Fishburne Professor Maurice Phipps
Jason Wiles Wayne
Gwyneth Paltrow Actor
Cole Hauser Scott Moss
Bradford English Officer Bradley
Regina King Monet
Jay R. Ferguson Billy
Andrew Bryniarski Knocko
Adam Goldberg David Isaacs
J. Trevor Edmond Eddie
Bridgette Wilson Nicole
Randall Batinkoff Chad Shadowhill
Malcolm Norrington Cory
Warren Olney T.V. Reporter
Skip O'Brien Security Guard
Bill Evans Security Guard
Graham Galloway Frat Member
Alicia Stevenson Monet's Friend
Colleen Fitzpatrick Festival Singer
Rick Avery Guard Beats Malik
Kari Wuhrer Claudia
Chad Dowdell Disgruntled Yet Eager Student

Technical Credits
John Singleton Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
Keith Brian Burns Production Designer
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Cannon Editor
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Michael C. Claypool Set Decoration/Design
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Charles Daboub Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Paul Hall Producer
Kimberly Hardin Casting
Richard Holland Art Director
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Dwight Alonzo Williams Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:40]
2. Incoming Freshman class [4:56]
3. Roomates [6:14]
4. Taryn meets Kristen [3:55]
5. Political Science 101 [6:23]
6. Moving out [3:36]
7. Fun & games [3:08]
8. Kristen & Billy [8:59]
9. Fudge's library [1:34]
10. Remy meets Scott [2:31]
11. Semester assignment [10:44]
12. Miss Deja [1:44]
13. Remy's new family [10:13]
14. "No means no." [:51]
15. Skinhead attack [6:01]
16. Guns [1:15]
17. Two lovers [8:12]
18. Pulling a gun [6:46]
19. "Information is power." [5:16]
20. Fighting Supremacists [4:46]
21. Remy enters the race war [2:57]
22. The Peace Fest [3:50]
23. "Shoot Remy, shoot!" [3:49]
24. On the stairwell [1:37]
25. Standoff [4:58]
26. Malik's future [2:22]
27. "This is all my fault." [3:21]
28. Unlearn [4:55]

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