Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

Steve Martin
Director: Adam Shankman Cast: Steve Martin
Steve Martin
, Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
, Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
Adam Shankman

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Adam Shankman's comedy Bringing Down the House comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Shankman and screenwriter Jason Filardi. While short on any real insight into the film, the commentary makes it obvious that the pair had a fabulous time making the film and they do their best to communicate that feeling. A making-of featurette is paint-by-numbers. There is a short and very funny featurette on how Eugene Levy brought his knowledge of hip-hop culture to the film. A music video from Queen Latifah, deleted scenes, and a gag reel round out this package from Disney/Buena Vista. While this release is fine for what it is, the same features are available on a different edition that also offers a widescreen transfer of the film. That disc is preferable to this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
UPC: 0786936208009
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 4,023

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; "Breaking Down Bringing Down the House" behind-the-scenes featurette; Queen Latifah music video "Better Than the Rest"; "The Godfather of Hop" featurette; "Da' Commentary" with director Adam Shankman and writer Jason Filardi; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Full-screen (1.33:1); French-language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Peter Sanderson
Queen Latifah Charlene Morton
Eugene Levy Howie Rosenthal
Joan Plowright Mrs. Arness
Jean Smart Kate
Missi Pyle Ashley
Kimberly J. Brown Sarah Sanderson
Steve Harris Widow
Angus T. Jones Georgey Sanderson
Michael Rosenbaum Todd Gendler
Betty White Mrs. Kline
Michael Ensign Daniel Barnes
Matt Lutz Aaron Blair
Victor Webster Glen
Alonzo Bodden Bear
Sundy Carter Flygirl
Aengus James Mike
Tracey Cherelle Jones Sofia

Technical Credits
Adam Shankman Director
Ashok Amritraj Producer
Anne Fletcher Choreography
Jane Bartelme Executive Producer
Cookie Carosella Associate Producer
Pamela Withers Chilton Costumes/Costume Designer
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Jason Filardi Screenwriter
Jerry Greenberg Editor
David Hoberman Producer
Todd Lieberman Co-producer
Julio Macat Cinematographer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Ric Mcelvin Set Decoration/Design
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Nedza Art Director
Queen Latifah Executive Producer
Richard Romig Set Decoration/Design
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Victoria Thomas Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Legaleagle & Lawyer Girl [9:43]
2. A Hot Date [9:19]
3. The Morning After [9:32]
4. The New Nanny [11:17]
5. Country Club Catfight [5:07]
6. Dance Lesson [8:37]
7. Love Lessons [11:34]
8. Happy Memories [1:17]
9. Twisted Up in the Game [10:00]
10. Hostage Situation [4:18]
11. Down Low [2:15]
12. Some Kind of Freaky/End Credits [12:41]

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