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Overview

BAADASSSSS!

Director Mario Van Peebles' lovingly made homage to his legendary filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles' career-defining independent feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song arrives on DVD in fine form from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is generally stable despite some minor evidence of edge-enhancement. Colors are evenly balanced and blacks solid. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and rings through clearly without any distortion or hiss. Optional French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles are also accessible. For those who know and love the film that inspired Baadasssss!, Columbia TriStar has opted to include some truly captivating bonus materials that involve both generations of Van Peebles. A lively and informative audio commentary track features both Melvin and Mario, opening with the father giving his son's film a heartfelt blessing and going on to discuss the numerous parallels shared by Baadasssss! and Sweetback. Of course, Melvin offers a wealth of information regarding the production of his pioneering film, and it's fun to hear the interaction between father and son as they discuss their experiences making each other's respective films. A featurette entitled "The Birth of Black Cinema" puts Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in a historical perspective through interviews with such filmmakers as Michael Mann, Ossie Davis, and John Singleton as well as Melvin's original crew, and it also discusses the political climate that fed the need for such a film with such figures as Bill Cosby and Melvin Van Peebles biographer Sandra Ruch. Footage from the premiere of Baadasssss! finds the cast and crew discussing their experiences making the film, and a half-hour-long question and answer session with Melvin gives the filmmaker ample time to discuss his career leading up to Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, the need for more complexity in black film, and the revelation that his original film is actually a springboard for a trilogy that has since never been completed. The session is very informative, with Melvin fielding numerous questions from the audience before wrapping things up. A collection of poster art for Baadasssss! offers some impressive artwork, and a handful of previews for other Columbia TriStar titles round out the features nicely.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
UPC: 0043396043688
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 65,374

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles; Featurette: "The Birth of Black Cinema"; Featurette: "The Premiere"; American Cinematheque Q & A with Melvin Van Peebles; Poster explorations; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles
Khleo Thomas Mario
T.K. Carter Bill Cosby
Ossie Davis Granddad
Nia Long Sandra
David Alan Grier Clyde Houston
Paul Rodriguez Jose Garcia
Rainn Wilson Bill Harris
Joy Bryant Priscilla
Joan Blair Brenda
Penny Bae Bridges Megan
Terry Crews Big T
Kate Krystowiak Moonbeam
Jazsmin Lewis Working Girl
Saul Rubinek Howie
Karimah Westbrook Ginney
Vincent Schiavelli Jerry
Len Lesser Manny Goldberg,Mort Goldberg
Sally Struthers Roz
Adam West Bert
Ralph P. Martin Tommy David
Robert Peters Bob Maxwell
Glenn Plummer Angry Brother
Khalil Kain Maurice
Pamela Gordon Ethel
Wesley Jonathan Panther
Joseph Culp Attorney
John Singleton Detroit J
Mandela Van Peebles Angel Muse
E.J. Callahan Bartender
Keith Diamond Large Brother
Don Dowe Officer
Brent Schaffer Panther
Brian "Skinny B" Lewis Panther
Mickey Mello David
Christopher Michael Journalist
Tyrone M. Mitchell Man
Alan James Morgan Josh
David Alan Smith Brewster
Nathan Wetherington Jimmy
Robin McLiam Wilson Excited Lady
Paul Roach Pimpy Paul
Marley Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Maya Van Peebles Trick or Treater
Bridget Avildsen Trick or Treater
Craig Jones Trick or Treater
Anthony Rodriguez Fernando
Thomas Longo Camera Assistant
Robert Yosses Script Supervisor
Danny Hebert Crew Member
Michele Hill Biker Girl
Les Miller Nora
Robert Primes Union Thug
Buzzxsassy Union Thug
Rey Diogo Union Thug

Technical Credits
Mario Van Peebles Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli Art Director
Anya Colloff Casting
Ian Dodd Camera Operator
Kokeeta Douglas Makeup
José Garcia Consultant/advisor
Bruce Gillies Asst. Director,Producer
Nneka Goforth Editor
Dennis Haggerty Co-producer,Screenwriter
Tobie Haggerty Executive Producer
Ipostini Casting
Michael Mann Executive Producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Anthony Miller Editor
Alan Muraoka Production Designer
Michael O'Connor Cinematographer
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
David Parker Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Parker Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Primes Cinematographer
Galit Reuben Set Decoration/Design
G. Marq Roswell Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Kara Saun Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Slack Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Garth Trinidad Musical Direction/Supervision
Tal Vigderson Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:10]
2. Street Brother [4:59]
3. Going Independent [5:02]
4. Clyde Houston [4:03]
5. The Business [4:48]
6. Greenlight [3:01]
7. Location Scouting [5:17]
8. Auditions [4:49]
9. The Crew [4:27]
10. More Bad News [4:08]
11. 1st Day of Shooting [3:43]
12. Speech Lessons [4:54]
13. Sweetback [4:43]
14. Mario [4:47]
15. Prop Malfunction [3:16]
16. Reality Check [4:49]
17. "Fun Is the Enemy" [5:01]
18. "Time Is of the Essence" [3:41]
19. The Screening [5:32]
20. Rated? [3:20]
21. Distribution [2:25]
22. The Message [1:23]
23. Soundtrack [1:09]
24. World Premiere [1:23]
25. Last Showing [2:58]
26. Redemption [3:41]
27. Sold Out [1:09]
28. True Story [3:19]

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