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Rhyme & Reason
     

Rhyme & Reason

Director: Peter Spirer

Cast: Da Brat, Kurtis Blow, Sean Combs

 

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Peter Spier's documentary about the evolution of rap and hip-hop, Rhyme & Reason comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as the producer, deleted

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Peter Spier's documentary about the evolution of rap and hip-hop, Rhyme & Reason comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as the producer, deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, and a theatrical trailer. Featuring Method Man, Redman, Tupac Shakur, and dozens of others, this disc is practically a must-own for fans of rap.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Graffiti. Break dancing. Ghetto life. Although hip-hop culture has synthesized all these things, its dominant message is rap, a music that is extensively covered in Peter Spirer's comprehensive documentary Rhyme & Reason. Scores of rap artists -- including RZA and Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan, KRS-ONE, Dr. Dre, Lauryn Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Ice-T, Chuck D, Heavy D, and Notorious B.I.G. -- talk about the history of the style. It is a road that begins in the South Bronx block parties of the early '70s, winds through the emergence of West Coast Gangsta Rap in the '80s, and continues all the way up to the multifaceted big-money existence of rap music today. Along the way are surprisingly candid discussions of rap music's uneasy relationship to drugs, crime, and the record business. Rhyme & Reason alternates tragic scenes, such as the memorial for the slain performer Tupac Shakur, with ones of redemption -- Heavy D's annual "Nuttin' but Love" cookout, for instance. And then, of course, there's the wall-to-wall soundtrack that includes music from some of the interviewees and plenty of others. Although Rhyme & Reason has tons of energy, it's also surprisingly sober, and it bears testimony to rap's development from "a representation of an oppressed culture," as KRS-ONE puts it, to one that also represents mainstream culture.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
UPC:
0786936150865
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with producer Charles X. Block and director Peter Spirer; Extended interviews; Deleted scenes; Freestyle rap; Music videos; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Full-screen [1.33:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Da Brat Interviewee
Kurtis Blow Interviewee
Sean "Puffy" Combs Interviewee

Technical Credits
Peter Spirer Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Sean Adair Cinematographer
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Aubry Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Berentsen Associate Producer
Charles X. Block Producer
Kurtis Blow Associate Producer
Benedikt Brydern Songwriter
Jordan Chasen Sound/Sound Designer
Helena Echegoyen Co-producer
Scott Evans Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Keil Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Manson Sound/Sound Designer
Brennan McClean Cinematographer
George Mitas Cinematographer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Ponti Cinematographer
Alex Rappaport Cinematographer
Andy Robertson Editor
Andrew Shack Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Sollinger Cinematographer,Producer
Adam Vardy Cinematographer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Willer Sound/Sound Designer
David Wilson Editor

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 22 chapter(s) covering 01:28:51
1. Opening/hip Hop Is A Vehicle [4:02]
2. The South Bronx-birth Of A Culture [3:37]
3. Break Dancing [2:12]
4. Graffiti Is Art [1:04]
5. Battling On The Mic [2:37]
6. The Pioneers [2:12]
7. Gangsta Rap [3:22]
8. Corporate America [4:04]
9. The Payoffs [5:53]
10. Jack The Rapper [:07]
11. Heavy D [3:36]
12. Harlots Or Heroines? [6:01]
13. Genocide [2:08]
14. Role Models [3:20]
15. Dreams Rooted In Reality [:33]
16. Life Without Rap [8:29]
17. Legal Dope [:32]
18. Rap Retirees [1:58]
19. East Coast/west Coast [1:59]
20. Passing The Torch [2:23]
21. End Credits [2:32]

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