Woo

Woo

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Cast: Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Duane Martin

     
 

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This urban comedy about a more-than-eventful first date gets a solid presentation or its release on DVD. Woo has been given two transfers for this release: a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The audio…  See more details below

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This urban comedy about a more-than-eventful first date gets a solid presentation or its release on DVD. Woo has been given two transfers for this release: a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while the original mix is also presented in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, with optional English subtitles. Bonus material featured on this release includes a selection of deleted scenes and the film's original theatrical trailer.

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As the title character in Woo, Jada Pinkett follows an agreeable template for bratty unpredictability forgiven by toe-curling cuteness -- a mind-scrambling combo for men in general and Tommy Davidson in particular. It worked well for Alicia Silverstone in Clueless and Parker Posey in Party Girl, the latter film having also been directed by Woo's Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Like those actresses, Pinkett makes this part all her own by way of eccentric antics and self-stylized speech patterns that stand out. But without the script of those sleeper hits, Woo is little more than a blip on the radar, not much of a vehicle for its impish starlet. In fact, Woo sits in neutral for the better part of a formulaic all-night blind date, during which everything goes wrong in all the familiar ways. While individual moments seem inspired -- Davidson's frantic repossession of his co-signed car comes to mind -- the overall impression is of under-thinking. For example, screenwriter David C. Johnson sends them through a dozen of their evening's disasters before finally landing them at an engagement party for Woo's brother -- still in its early stages at 4 in the morning. Oops. The adventures of Davidson's posse in a drag bar and his chicken fetishist best friend (Dave Chappelle) in the bedroom are also best left forgotten. But Davidson himself makes a good uptight straight man, working nicely alongside Pinkett's mischievous button-pusher.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0794043693625
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
25,198

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and full-screen versions; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jada Pinkett Smith Woo
Tommy Davidson Tim
Duane Martin Frankie
Michael Ralph Romaine
Michael Ralph Romaine
Darrell M. Heath Hop
Dave Chappelle Lenny
Paula Jai Parker Claudette
LL Cool J Darryl
Aida Turturro Tookie
Lance Slaughter Actor
Dartanyan Edmonds Actor
Foxy Brown Actor
Sam Moses Actor
Tiffany Hall Actor
Girlina Actor
Billy Dee Williams Actor

Technical Credits
Daisy von Scherler Mayer Director
Bill Carraro Co-producer
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Coleman Musical Direction/Supervision
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Nicholas Eliopoulous Editor
Janice Hampton Editor
Howard Hobson Executive Producer
Beth Hubbard Producer
Michael Hubbard Producer
David C. Johnson Co-producer,Screenwriter
Stephanie Koules Associate Producer
Owen Langevin Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Lepine Cinematographer
Ina Mayhew Production Designer
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
John Singleton Executive Producer
Bradford W. Smith Executive Producer
Danny Stillman Asst. Director
Vlasta Svoboda Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/The Psychic 411 [:15]
2. A Sensitive Brother [3:00]
3. Date With a Virgo [1:33]
4. Music From Across the Hall [3:17]
5. Just Like a Sister [3:32]
6. Too Much Crazy Woman [2:19]
7. A Crash Course in Italian [6:37]
8. Payback With Salsa [5:48]
9. Letting Things Happen [3:05]
10. Do the Chicken [3:49]
11. Half-Life of the Party [4:08]
12. Friendly Ear, Rude Fist [1:16]
13. Stolen Car Troubles [1:47]
14. "The Billy Dee in You" [2:23]
15. Violent Smurfs [5:42]
16. "Girl" Talk [4:26]
17. Forgiveness for $42.50 [3:02]
18. Understanding Love [1:04]
19. "A Whole New Me" [3:38]
20. End Credits [2:06]
1. Title/The Psychic 411 [:15]
2. A Sensitive Brother [3:00]
3. Date With a Virgo [1:33]
4. Music From Across the Hall [3:17]
5. Just Like a Sister [3:32]
6. Too Much Crazy Woman [2:19]
7. A Crash Course in Italian [6:37]
8. Payback With Salsa [5:48]
9. Letting Things Happen [3:05]
10. Do the Chicken [3:49]
11. Half-Life of the Party [4:08]
12. Friendly Ear, Rude Fist [1:16]
13. Stolen Car Troubles [1:47]
14. "The Billy Dee in You" [2:23]
15. Violent Smurfs [5:42]
16. "Girl" Talk [4:26]
17. Forgiveness for $42.50 [3:02]
18. Understanding Love [1:04]
19. "A Whole New Me" [3:38]
20. End Credits [2:06]

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