Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

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

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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: 3,015

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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Bringing Down the House 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a HILARIOUS movie! Its one of the best comedies i have ever seen! Steve martin never failes!!! To bad it isnt out on DVD in Iceland:(
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was hilarious! Eugene Levy and Steve Martin proved that even white folks have soul! And, Missy Piyle was also hilarious as the Ty-Bo-Butt-Kicking WASP! But, let's not forget 'mad' props for The Queen herself (Latifa). I actually feel that the foundation for this movie could produce a sequel! To the whole emsemble, BRAVO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was alot of comedy in this movie. It kept me on the edge of my seat. There was always something interresting in this movie. Never a doul moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regardless of the rave reviews, this has to be one of the worst comedies ever made. The jokes are tired and predictable. The plot seems to have been recycled from much funnier old sitcoms and the racial stereotypes are tame at best and offensive at worst (a 72-year-old rich Southern conservative woman who remembers her family owning slaves??? [Note to scriptwriters: the Civil War was in the 1860's, not the 1960's]). Avoid this overrated tripe at all costs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bringing Down the House is VERY funny and is sure to get laughs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought it was halarious but it could have used a little more funny stuff!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will laugh your head off when you watch Bringing Down the House. It will be a long long time before you see a better movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one the best most ghetto fabulous movies I have ever seen It includes fun for the whole family Bringing down the House is an awsome movie that every one should own.
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