What's Love Got to Do with It?

What's Love Got to Do with It?

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Director: Brian Gibson

Cast: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Bell Calloway

     
 

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Brian Gibson's biopic of Tina Turner, What's Love Got to Do with It?, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release.

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Brian Gibson's biopic of Tina Turner, What's Love Got to Do with It?, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer. The film looks and sounds superb on this disc, but the best aspects of it are the commanding performances by Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. They both earned Oscar nominations, and the small screen does nothing to diminish their amazing work.

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What's Love Got to Do With It? was one of the rare films which garnered Oscar nominations for both its leads, yet met with critical indifference in all other respects. As Angela Bassett smiles through her tears and Laurence Fishburne glowers in the background, the actors expertly create a dynamic marked by hours of untold intimidation beyond that which director Brian Gibson chooses to dramatize. Whispering sweet nothings to his wife one moment and dragging her by the scalp the next, Fishburne gets under the skin of one of music's most hair-trigger personalities, which earned the actor the best notices of his career. Bassett's crumbling confidence and wrenching sadness pierce the viewer's very heart, making for an equally unforgettable performance that works just as well as an impersonation of Tina Turner's unique vocal swagger. Not only do the performers shine individually, but also as a professional team devoted to true emotions and moments, having worked together as husband and wife just two years before in Boyz 'N the Hood. The raw physicality of their craft shines through. But Gibson's film is quite conventional in much of its other methodology, which makes it less than the sum of its two outstanding parts. Since the Turners' abusive co-dependent relationship is the hook everybody knows about, a lot of what leads up to it seems like bland biopic window dressing. Still, it's hard to pick too much at an essentially actor-driven film that packs such a wallop in its area of strength.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
UPC:
0717951003256
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
1,359

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen [1.85:1]; Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; French language track; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Bassett Tina Turner
Laurence Fishburne Ike Turner
Vanessa Bell Calloway Jackie
Jenifer Lewis Zelma Bullock
Phyllis Stickney Alline Bullock
Khandi Alexander Darlene
Pamela Tyson Leanne
Penny Johnson Lorraine
Rae'Ven Larrymore-Kelly Young Anna Mae
Chi Fross
Reuben Cannon Actor
Walter Davis The Revue
Scott Irish Actor
Sharon Kane Actor
Staci Lords Actor
Robert Miranda Actor
Barry O'Neill Actor
Summer Rose Actor
Tina Turner Actor
Gene "Groove" Allen Club Announcer
Virginia Capers Choir Mistress
Natalie Wilson Choir Member
Oren Waters Choir Member
Cora Lee Day Grandma Georgiana
Sherman Augustus Reggie
Terrence Riggins Spider
Morris O'Connor Kings of Rhythm
Jennifer Leigh Warren Woman in Audience
Sonia Hensley Audience Female #2
Eartha Robinson Woman in Audience
Jacqueline Woolsey Boutique Clerk
Mayah McCoy Young Hairdresser
Barry "Shabaka" Henley El Paso Doctor
Michael Colyar Apollo Announcer
Rob La Belle Phil Spector
Patricia Sill Spector's Assistant
Michael Butler The Revue
Michael Smith The Revue
Richard T. Jones Ike Turner Jr.
Shavar Ross Michael Turner
Damon Hines Ronnie Turner
Suli McCullough Craig Turner
Daniel McDonald London Announcer
Wynonna Smith 4th Ikette
Rosemary Jackson 5th Ikette
John Fink Anna's Lawyer
Rudolph Willrich Judge
O'Neal Compton Ramada Inn Manager
Michael Monks Hotel Porter
James Reyne Roger Davies
James Ralston Guitarist
Kenny Moore Piano Player
Daniel Allan Carlin Conductor
Owen Bush Old Man
Herb Muller Old Man #2
Sparkle Old Woman #1
Helen Brown Old Woman #2
David Fresco Old Man #3
Page Moseley Ritz Announcer
Lorna Scott Nurse
Robert Lesser Fairmount MC
Gregory Cook The Revue
Terrence Evans Bus Driver
Richard Stay Party Goer #1
Richard Livingston Manager #3
Kate Lanier Stripper on Balcony

Technical Credits
Brian Gibson Director
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Chapin Producer
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Lisa Day Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Mario Iscovich Producer
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Pat Kehoe Co-producer,Production Designer
Barry Krost Producer
Kate Lanier Screenwriter
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Michael Peters Choreography
David Rawlins Editor
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start [:11]
2. Opening Credits [:11]
3. St. Louis 1958 [5:13]
4. "Rocket 88" [5:13]
5. "(Darlin') You Know I Love You" [:47]
6. A Visit to Mrs. Bullock [3:18]
7. First Rehearsal [5:36]
8. An Overwrought Lover [4:32]
9. On Tour/ "Rock Me Baby" [3:15]
10. "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" [5:02]
11. "Fool in Love" [8:07]
12. "Shake a Tail Feather" [5:25]
13. "River Deep, Mountain High" [1:36]
14. Tina Takes the Kids [:42]
15. "Proud Mary" [:42]
16. Tina Sees Jackie [1:55]
17. Fighting Back [3:21]
18. Tina Walks Away [:45]
19. Divorce Court 1977 [:45]
20. Two Minutes With Ike [3:13]
21. "What's Love Got To Do With It" [:55]
22. End Credits/ "I Don't Wanna Fight" [:55]

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What's Love Got to Do with It? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Give me a break. This wasn't about healing of the mind or spirit. It was about money. Though I have to give Tina credit, as publicity stunts go the whole 'Ike' thing was genius. She should be proud. She really trashed him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when it came out on video and I'll love it even more when I get the DVD. Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburn deserved higher recognition for this movie than what they received. Angela deserved an award because you believed she was Tina. Although many parts of the movie were rough, it's a great story and Tina is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. It shows the strength & determination of 1 woman. Tina Turner has a fantastic voice & stage presence. She needs no man for that. My hats off to her for her courage to leave & her courage to make her name her own! She is a icon to all women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just started to like tina turner when i saw this movie on TV, and devided to record it on TiVo, and watched it at the same time. I had no idea how strong this woman was to go through all the abuse of Ike. The performances throughout the movie were amazing as well and a great way to end it with Tina actually singing with the after story on the screen. Because of this movie i have great respect for on of the biggest divas ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
whenever i watch this movie i cry Tina Turner went threw a bad time in her life with Ike a very mean man who hurt her the movie is wonderful but it brings tears to my eyes how can a woman stay with a man that abuses her? she finally relives to move on in her life just by getting away from Ike Turner
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