Set It Off

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F. Gary Gray's inner-city heist film Set It Off comes to DVD with a pair of images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 picture. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew biographies and filmographies, a theatrical trailer, and the music video for Ray J's "Let It Go." This ...
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F. Gary Gray's inner-city heist film Set It Off comes to DVD with a pair of images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 picture. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew biographies and filmographies, a theatrical trailer, and the music video for Ray J's "Let It Go." This solid disc will please genre enthusiasts, as well as the film's fans.
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Special Features

Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Music video: Ray J "Let It Go"; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The Hollywood crime drama Set It Off effectively uses the various injustices suffered by black women in the inner city as motivation toward a life of crime. The main asset here is that it's a rare instance of black women screenwriters (Takashi Bufford and Kate Lanier) writing for a cast of black women actresses. In contrast to the showy action scenes and the slick production design, the individual hardships and financial problems of the four women are realistic and believable. In an early scene, the four friends get high on a rooftop overlooking an abandoned factory, pining at the prospect of making 15 dollars an hour. Unfortunately, after they become bank robbers, the screenplay starts to suffer from the standard improbabilities of Hollywood action movies and plays out to a needlessly violent conclusion. Also unnecessary is the wild change in tone during the romantic relationship development between tough girl Stony and pretty boy Keith. This seems to be just thrown in for reasons of Cinderella-style wish-fulfillment. What is the most disappointing aspect of Set It Off is its brutal ending, where none of the hard work and sisterhood pays off for any of the protagonists. Though it has been frequently compared to Thelma & Louise, don't expect the same kind of thoughtful, moving catharsis in the final reel. This is just a decent action film, worthy for its initial setup and its unabashed view of gay lifestyles in the black community.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • UPC: 794043478727
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jada Pinkett Smith Stony
Queen Latifah Cleo
Vivica A. Fox Frankie
Kimberly Elise Tisean
John C. McGinley Detective Strode
Blair Underwood Keith
Chaz Lamar Shepherd Stevie
Dr. Dre Black Sam
Darryl Gibson Bundy
Vincent Baum & Van Jajuan
Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director, Executive Producer
Allen Alsobrook Co-producer
Michelangelo Bolla Asst. Director
Takashi Bufford Co-producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
John Carter Editor
Robert J. Degus Associate Producer
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Robb Wilson King Production Designer
Oren Koules Producer
Kate Lanier Screenwriter
Richard Lightstone Sound/Sound Designer
Lance Lombardo Set Decoration/Design
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Parent Executive Producer
Dale Pollock Producer
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Marc Reshovsky Camera Operator
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Wilkerson Asst. Director
Christopher Young Score Composer
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc Stunts
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. 211 In Progress [6:38]
2. Main Title [5:59]
3. "The Four of Us Could Take a Bank" [2:38]
4. Stony Needs the Money [4:52]
5. High on a Rooftop [2:51]
6. The Wrong Man [8:46]
7. Beauty and the Banker [2:56]
8. A Question of Neglect [3:14]
9. The Plan [3:51]
10. $12,000 in 60 Seconds [5:32]
11. A Date with Keith [5:57]
12. Friends and Money Don't Mix [5:08]
13. The Connection [3:48]
14. The Godfather's Terms [2:52]
15. Balboa Savings and Loan [6:47]
16. Stony's Special Night [7:15]
17. Where's Luther [4:18]
18. The Line-up [4:09]
19. Days of Destiny [5:06]
20. Downtown Federal [5:51]
21. Casualty of War [2:01]
22. Nowhere to Run [2:02]
23. Cleo's Last Hurrah [6:19]
24. Frankie's Choice [3:06]
25. Profit and Loss [3:24]
26. End Credits [7:01]
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Special Features
   Ray J. "Let it Go" Music Video
   Theatrical Trailer
   Cast & Crew
      Jada Pinkett-Smith
      Vivica A. Fox
      Blair Underwood
      F. Gary Gray (Director)
      Queen Latifah
      Kimberly Elise
      John C. McGinley
Language Selections
   Menu Group #1 with 27 chapter(s) covering 02:02:33
New Line Home Video
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    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie

    good movie

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