8 Mile

8 Mile

Eminem
Director: Curtis Hanson Cast: Eminem
Eminem
, Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
, Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy
Curtis Hanson

DVD (Wide Screen Uncensored)

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Overview

Curtis Hanson is such a talented filmmaker, it's really too bad that more content isn't added to his movies on DVD. As with L.A. Confidential, this disc doesn't go far enough. An extensive documentary on the making of this film would have been a real plus, but sadly all that is offered is a nine-minute featurette. As much cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes, as shots from the film, it just doesn't go much further than standard studio PR material. More important, and far longer at around 24 minutes, are actual rap battles put together by the filmmakers to keep the mass of extras actors content during filming. Beyond that is a music tie-in for the soundtracks that takes you to the specific place in the movie for each song, an extremely racy music video for "Superman" from Eminem, the theatrical trailer, and the standard slew of production notes and filmographies. As for the film itself, the sound is a real highlight. Present in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks (as well as a 5.1 track in French) the audio on this disc is very powerful. Since so much of the film is made up of rap music segments, the bass really takes control. The low frequencies are deep and rich, but dialogue is never indistinguishable. The image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate pan-and-scan version, and both also come in censored and uncensored editions) is a faithful representation of the theatrical print. The transfer is nearly perfect, at least as it's intended to be. Grain is evident, and purposeful, while colors stand out against the dreary backgrounds of Detroit. Whether you are fan of Eminem or not, this film is the Rocky of rap films, and while lacking in significant supplements, the DVD is a knock-out punch.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2003
UPC: 0025192198120
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 15,096

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive all-new uncensored Eminem rap battles - free-styling rap competition featuring Eminem; Exclusive never-before-seen uncensored "Superman" music video (song from "The Eminem Show" album); Eminem's personal insight into the making of the film; The Music of 8 Mile

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eminem Jimmy Smith, Jr., AKA Rabbit
Kim Basinger Stephanie Smith
Brittany Murphy Alex
Mekhi Phifer Future
Evan Jones Cheddar Bob
Omar Benson Miller Sol George
Eugene Byrd Wink
De'Angelo Wilson DJ Iz
Anthony Mackie Papa Doc
Taryn Manning Janeane
Michael Shannon Greg Buehl
Chloe Greenfield Lily
Craig Chandler Paul
Paul Bates Manny
Jennifer Kitchen Actor
Brandon T. Jackson Club Patron
Proof Actor

Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director,Producer
Jeff Bass Songwriter
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Eminem Score Composer
Carol Fenelon Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Craig Kitson Editor
Kristen Toscano Messina Set Decoration/Design
Philip Messina Production Designer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Parr Co-producer
Paul Rosenberg Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Luis Resto Songwriter
Scott Silver Screenwriter
James Whitaker Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Preparing for Battle (Main Titles)
2. The Shelter
3. 8 Mile Road
4. The Franchise
5. Sweet Home Alabama
6. Saturday Night in the D
7. The Chin Tiki
8. Alex
9. Burn It Down
10. I Got Your Back
11. The Lunchtruck
12. This Ain't My Home
13. Eviction Situation
14. Domestic Disturbance
15. WJLB (313 Baby, Love)
16. Papa Doc Payback
17. The Cripple Convention
18. Rabbit Finds His Voice
19. Final Face-Off
20. Where We Goin'
21. Lose Yourself (End Credits)

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