Rhyme & Reason

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Peter Spier's documentary about the evolution of rap and hip-hop, Rhyme & Reason comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as the producer, deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, and a theatrical trailer. Featuring Method Man, Redman, Tupac Shakur, and dozens of others, this disc is practically a ...
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Peter Spier's documentary about the evolution of rap and hip-hop, Rhyme & Reason comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as the producer, deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, and a theatrical trailer. Featuring Method Man, Redman, Tupac Shakur, and dozens of others, this disc is practically a must-own for fans of rap.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with producer Charles X. Block and director Peter Spirer; Extended interviews; Deleted scenes; Freestyle rap; Music videos; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Full-screen [1.33:1]
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Graffiti. Break dancing. Ghetto life. Although hip-hop culture has synthesized all these things, its dominant message is rap, a music that is extensively covered in Peter Spirer's comprehensive documentary Rhyme & Reason. Scores of rap artists -- including RZA and Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan, KRS-ONE, Dr. Dre, Lauryn Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Ice-T, Chuck D, Heavy D, and Notorious B.I.G. -- talk about the history of the style. It is a road that begins in the South Bronx block parties of the early '70s, winds through the emergence of West Coast Gangsta Rap in the '80s, and continues all the way up to the multifaceted big-money existence of rap music today. Along the way are surprisingly candid discussions of rap music's uneasy relationship to drugs, crime, and the record business. Rhyme & Reason alternates tragic scenes, such as the memorial for the slain performer Tupac Shakur, with ones of redemption -- Heavy D's annual "Nuttin' but Love" cookout, for instance. And then, of course, there's the wall-to-wall soundtrack that includes music from some of the interviewees and plenty of others. Although Rhyme & Reason has tons of energy, it's also surprisingly sober, and it bears testimony to rap's development from "a representation of an oppressed culture," as KRS-ONE puts it, to one that also represents mainstream culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • UPC: 786936150865
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Da Brat Interviewee
Kurtis Blow Interviewee
Sean Combs Interviewee
Technical Credits
Peter Spirer Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Sean Adair Cinematographer
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Aubry Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Berentsen Associate Producer
Charles X. Block Producer
Kurtis Blow Associate Producer
Benedikt Brydern Songwriter
Jordan Chasen Sound/Sound Designer
Helena Echegoyen Co-producer
Scott Evans Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Keil Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Manson Sound/Sound Designer
Brennan McClean Cinematographer
George Mitas Cinematographer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Ponti Cinematographer
Alex Rappaport Cinematographer
Andy Robertson Editor
Andrew Shack Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Sollinger Cinematographer, Producer
Adam Vardy Cinematographer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Willer Sound/Sound Designer
David Wilson Editor
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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 22 chapter(s) covering 01:28:51
1. Opening/hip Hop Is A Vehicle [4:02]
2. The South Bronx-birth Of A Culture [3:37]
3. Break Dancing [2:12]
4. Graffiti Is Art [1:04]
5. Battling On The Mic [2:37]
6. The Pioneers [2:12]
7. Gangsta Rap [3:22]
8. Corporate America [4:04]
9. The Payoffs [5:53]
10. Jack The Rapper [:07]
11. Heavy D [3:36]
12. Harlots Or Heroines? [6:01]
13. Genocide [2:08]
14. Role Models [3:20]
15. Dreams Rooted In Reality [:33]
16. Life Without Rap [8:29]
17. Legal Dope [:32]
18. Rap Retirees [1:58]
19. East Coast/west Coast [1:59]
20. Passing The Torch [2:23]
21. End Credits [2:32]
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Menu

Main.
Captions
   English For The Hearing Impaired
   None
Bonus Material
   Audio Commentary
      On
      Off
   Deleted Scenes
      Breakfast With The Biz
      Build A Beat With Dj Muggs From Cypress Hill
      Krs One Speech
   Extended Interviews
      Lauren Hill
      Wyclef Jean With Ziggy Marley, Steve Marley And Joseph
      Biggie Smalls Aka The Notorious Big
      Dr. Dre
      Ice-t
      Q-tip Formerly Of A Tribe Called Quest
   Freestyle Rap
      Parle And Method Man Of The Wutang Clan
      Phife Dog Formerly Of A Tribe Called Quest
      Craig Mack
      Ice T
      Keith Murray At The Jack The Rapper Convention
      Ny Guys In The Park
      Lords Of The Underground
   Music Videos
      Mack 10 + Tha Dogg Pound "nothing But The Cavi Hit"
      Master P "is There A Heaven For A Gangsta?"
      Rza Of Wu-tang Clan "tragedy"
   Still Gallery
   Theatrical Trailer
Sneak Peeks
   Scary Movie
   I Got The Hook-up
   Ride
   Confessions Of Sorority Girls
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Old School New School

    The movie gave a very detailed view of the history of rap music. The movie not only gave history of music, but a history of culture, why rap exists and why rap music stiil prevails. All of the right rappers where interviewed in great detail and all clips where uncut and showed rap in its best state- raw and uncut

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