What's Love Got to Do with It?

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • UPC: 717951003256
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,795

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

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selection
   Set Up
      Spoken Language
         English
         French
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
   Bonus Material
      Theatrical Trailer
      Film Recommendations
         Beloved
         Down in the Delta
         Evita
         A Thousand Acres
         Little Voice
         Marvin's Room
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    makes me cry

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    uhhh, My Review

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give me a break

    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.

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    Posted January 13, 2009

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