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William Shakespeare is once again adapted to the silver screen for teens in the seething Julia Stiles drama O. Lion's Gate has done a very nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. While some imperfections abound (including pixilation and edge enhancement), the bulk of this transfer's colors appear very solid and sharp. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and is used sparingly. Aside of some rap music and a few basketball sequences, the bulk of this track is limited to the ...
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William Shakespeare is once again adapted to the silver screen for teens in the seething Julia Stiles drama O. Lion's Gate has done a very nice job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. While some imperfections abound (including pixilation and edge enhancement), the bulk of this transfer's colors appear very solid and sharp. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and is used sparingly. Aside of some rap music and a few basketball sequences, the bulk of this track is limited to the front and center speakers. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features are spread across two discs, starting with a commentary track by director Tim Blake Nelson. This is an engaging commentary track which includes multiple stories about the production and the cast. On disc two there is a complete 80-minute 1922 German silent version of Othello that is really beneficial for historical purposes only (the transfer is very shoddy and old). Rounding off the extra features are some interviews with the cast and director, a few non-anamorphic deleted scenes, and a "comprehensive analysis" on the basketball scenes (a commentary by Nelson and the director of photography).
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Special Features

Disc One: Director's commentary; trailer. Disc Two: Deleted scenes with commentary; cast and crew interviews; analysis of key basketball scenes; newly restored version of classic film Othello; English, Spanish subtitles:
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An audacious updating of Shakespeare’s Othello, this well-acted drama hews closely to the Bard’s themes while giving them a decidedly contemporary edge. Mekhi Phifer portrays Odin "O" Jones, the star basketball player and only African-American student at an elite private school, where he enjoys the respect of fellow classmates and the affection of the dean’s daughter, Desi Julia Stiles. Hugo Goulding Josh Hartnett, ostensibly O’s best friend, secretly envies him and plots to undermine him. Director Tim Blake Nelson Kansas uses high school sports as a metaphor for battle, in place of the bloody war Shakespeare employs as a background for the conflicts in Othello. Like the original work, this film vividly and tragically illustrates the corrosive effect of envy on a man’s soul. Made in 1998 but held back because of several high-profile outbreaks of school violence, O demonstrates just how timeless Shakespeare's fundamental themes remain. Stiles, who joins Nelson on the DVD commentary track, proves as nimble here as in an earlier Shakespearean update, her turn as Katarina in 10 Things I Hate About You -- an equally deft 1999 modernization of The Taming of the Shrew.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Tim Blake Nelson's searing modern update of Shakespeare's Othello drops the old tale into the present-day school system, attempting to make some sense out of the senselessness that pervades violent tendencies. Working from a complex, expertly detailed screenplay by promising newcomer Brad Kaaya, the filmmakers translate the story with ease without making it too earnest or preachy. The film's stance on the tough subject matter is surprisingly even-handed and the movie works on an overall intelligence level unparalleled in most teen dramas of late, especially those commenting on race relations, which O manages to incorporate into the proceedings far better than the 1995 Oliver Parker-Laurence Fishburne feature. As the teenage versions of Othello and Iago, Mekhi Phifer and Josh Hartnett give beautifully resonant performances, the former simultaneously conflicted and menacing, the latter using his naturally shifty persona to create a most effective villain, but one who manages to remain convincingly human. In yet another case of a studio not knowing what it had, the film gestated for nearly two years at Miramax Films (which sat on it to prevent controversy surrounding violence in schools, a big topic for the period) before Lions Gate Films finally agreed to distribute the feature in 2001.
Entertainment Weekly
To an astonishing degree, O gets the tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers of ambition and betrayal. Owen Gleiberman
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A good film for most of the way, and then a powerful film at the end.
USA Today

One of year's most emotionally stirring. Mike Clark

To an astonishing degree, O gets the tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers of ambition and betrayal. Owen Gleiberman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • UPC: 031398791126
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mekhi Phifer Odin James
Josh Hartnett Hugo Goulding
Julia Stiles Desi Brable
Elden Henson Roger Rodriguez
Andrew Keegan Michael Casio
Rain Phoenix Emily
Chris Freihofer Assistant Coach
John Heard Dean Brable
Martin Sheen Coach Dale Goulding
Doug Ayers Basketball Player (Hawks)
Jantz Baker Basketball Player (Titans)
Lisa Benavides Ms. Serney
Jerred Clarke Basketball Player (Titans)
Dal Conner Basketball Player (Dutchmen)
Zack David Basketball Player (Hawks)
Christopher Dong Dutchman Player
David Dooley Basketball Player (Dutchmen)
Justin Ferira Basketball Player (Dutchmen)
Julie Fishell Newscaster
Mike Flippo Mr. Bradley
Ken French Scout #1
James Galloway Basketball Player (Hawks)
Marshall Gitter Radio Announcer
Michael Givens Basketball Player (Hawks)
Richard Grandison Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Christopher Grooms Basketball Player (Titans)
Shawn Hill Basketball Player (Titans)
Jaime Ingram Basketball Player (Dutchmen)
A.J. Johnson Dell
Christopher Jones Jason
Evan Jones Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Parker Kirby Basketball Player (Titans)
Errol McPherson Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
James Middleton Cop
Nathan Monroe Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Tony Moore Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Jack "Jay" Munn Lanny
Sean Murphy Basketball Player (Titans)
Kelvin O'Bryant Ball Boy
Chase Page Basketball Player (Hawks)
Dana Ratliff T. V. Announcer
Jon Rosenbloom Basketball Player (Titans)
Rachel Schumate Brandy
Bernard Smalls Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Ronalda Stover Woman Score Keeper
Rick Streeter Basketball Player (Hawks)
Josh Thorpe Student Basketball Manager
Quintrai Washington Basketball Player (Bullsdogs)
Wally Welch Mr. Kirby
Derek Zieminsky Basketball Player (Titans)
Technical Credits
Tim Blake Nelson Director
Marc Forster Director
Jack Ballance Art Director
Russell Fine Cinematographer
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dina Goldman Production Designer
Jeff Danna Score Composer
Brad Kaaya Screenwriter, Associate Producer
David Schlesinger Set Decoration/Design
Tom Tucker Asst. Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Kate Sanford Editor
Michael Levy Executive Producer
Mark Urman Executive Producer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Myers Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
0. Scene Index: Widescreen
1. Let's Do This [4:17]
2. M.V.P. & Utility Man [4:56]
3. What We Have [5:16]
4. Little & Cocky [4:03]
5. Star [3:54]
6. Accident [5:28]
7. Sacrifice [5:51]
8. Weakness [4:11]
9. Get Lost [4:06]
10. The Willows [3:30]
11. Not a Saint [5:23]
12. Odin Is Different [3:49]
13. All I Am Saying [4:42]
14. Dunk Contest [3:51]
15. Hear for Yourself [4:48]
16. Part of You [4:06]
17. Toast [2:41]
18. Roadside Assistance [4:31]
19. Go to Sleep [2:44]
20. Emily [2:04]
21. Tell the Truth [1:06]
22. Live Like a Hawk [1:50]
23. Soars Above Us [2:10]
24. End Credits [4:56]
0. Scene Index: Pan and Scan
1. Let's Do This [4:17]
2. M.V.P. & Utility Man [4:56]
3. What We Have [5:16]
4. Little & Cocky [4:03]
5. Star [3:54]
6. Accident [5:28]
7. Sacrifice [5:51]
8. Weakness [4:11]
9. Get Lost [4:06]
10. The Willows [3:30]
11. Not a Saint [5:23]
12. Odin Is Different [3:49]
13. All I Am Saying [4:42]
14. Dunk Contest [3:51]
15. Hear for Yourself [4:48]
16. Part of You [4:06]
17. Toast [2:41]
18. Roadside Assistance [4:31]
19. Go to Sleep [2:44]
20. Emily [2:04]
21. Tell the Truth [1:06]
22. Live Like a Hawk [1:50]
23. Soars Above Us [2:10]
24. End Credits [4:56]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc One
   Play Movie: Widescreen
   Play Movie: Pan and Scan
   Audio Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Commentary With Tim Blake Nelson
   Video Set-Up
      16x9 Widescreen
      Pan and Scan
   Subtitles
      English On/Off
      Spanish On/Off
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Side #2 -- Disc Two
   Othello (1922)
      Play Movie
      Scene Index
         Lieutenant
         Love and Hate
         Angry Father
         Handkerchief
         Cassio
         Suspicions
         Proof
         Murder
   Interviews
      Julia Stiles
      Mekhi Phifer
      Josh Hartnett
      Tim Blake Nelson
   Deleted Scenes
      Deleted Scenes With Commentary: On
      Deleted Scenes With Commentary: Off
      Hugo and Roger
      Cafeteria
      Drug Deal
      Odin and Desi
   Basketball Scenes Analysis
      15 Seconds Remaining
      Odin's Injury
      Hawks vs. Bulldogs
   Trailers
      O
      The Wash
      Cube 2
      Rose Red
      American Psycho 2
      The Rules of Attraction
      State Property
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie is crazy

    wow. all the issues teens face. sex, drugs, love, etc. it was good. at first, i was like "what the f-?" but after wachin it a few times i liked it better. i would suggest it. deserves more than 3 stars but not 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Damn....

    I know that this movie is modeled from Shakespeare's play,''Othello'',but the plot is really brilliant and I was blown away how determined and horrible and jealous Hugo was. The ending was very sad and I really felt something deep from this movie and it broke my heart that people can act this way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a must

    This movie tackles all issues teenagers are faced with: rascisim, presure, drug abuse and sexual relationshiips. An excellent script written by Shakespeare but made terrific with the modernised version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    i saw this movie maybe last month. it is really good! I heard it was based on one of william shakespeare's novels, Ophelia or something like that. It is about a popular basketball player, Odin. It is mainly about deceit. It made me think who out of ''my crowd'' is a true friend. I do recommend it, but it's unsuitable for children (there's a pretty graphic scene in it). Another good thing about it is josh hartnett's in it! It's kinda sad, if you don't like sad movies O is not for you.

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    Posted October 4, 2010

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