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Love and Basketball (The Criterion Collection)

Love and Basketball (The Criterion Collection)

Sanaa Lathan
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Cast: Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan
, Omar Epps
Omar Epps
, Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
Gina Prince-Bythewood

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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The little seen but wonderful Love & Basketball comes in a "Platinum Series" DVD from New Line and the results are spectacular. First of all, the anamorphic-enhanced 1.85:1 image is outstanding with rich, well-saturated colors and dark blacks. Detail is a real high point in this fine transfer. There are no real visible distractions, making for a picture that really stands out. The sound, an English 5.1 track, is adequate for a film like this, even though it really makes no use of the surround speakers. Dialogue is centered up front and clear. Also available is a stereo surround track and subtitles in English. Though those two elements are impressive enough, it's the supplemental materials that take this disc to a higher level. As is the tradition with this sort of special edition, those materials are plentiful. To begin with, there are two audio commentary tracks, one with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and star Sanaa Lathan, while the second track is a 5.1 isolated score with commentary from Prine-Bythewood, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and composer Terence Blanchard. Also included, with optional commentary, are seven deleted scenes, and a brief blooper reel that is quite amusing. In addition are four audition tapes, including the final scene in the film, with actors Omar Epps and Lathan. Animated storyboards, also with the final shots from the film, are included as well as a music video from Lucy Pearl, the theatrical trailer, and DVD-ROM content such as watching the film and viewing the screenplay at the same time. Finally, there's a very dry but valid 36-minute discussion of women and the competition they face, whether that is in business, politics, or sports.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
UPC: 0794043506420
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 15,692

Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Surround Sound; 2.0 Stereo Surround; English subtitles and closed captions; Feature-length commentary by writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and actor Sanaa Lathan; 5.1 isolated score with commentary by composer Terence Blanchard, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and Gina Prince-Bythewood; Deleted scenes; Blooper reel; Audition tapes featuring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan; Animated storyboards of basketball sequences; Music video: Lucy Pearl "Dance Tonight"; Theatrical trailer; Original documentary: " Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Rise and Acceptance of Women Competitors"; Script-to-screen screenplay; Original theatrical web site on the DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sanaa Lathan Monica Wright
Omar Epps Quincy McCall
Alfre Woodard Camille Wright
Dennis Haysbert Zeke McCall
Debbi Morgan Mona McCall
Harry J. Lennix Nathan Wright
Kyla Pratt Young Monica
Glenndon Chatman Young Quincy
Gabrielle Union Shawnee
Monica Calhoun Kerry
Boris Kodjoe Jason

Technical Credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood Director,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Aisha Coley Casting
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Dolby Digital Sound/Sound Designer
Cynthia Guidry Executive Producer
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Sam Kitt Producer
Spike Lee Producer
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Jay Stern Executive Producer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Two on Two [5:35]
2. The New Neighbors [:53]
3. Five Seconds [1:08]
4. #32 [1:50]
5. #22 [:12]
6. A Ride Home [2:20]
7. Late Night Spat [:11]
8. A Date for Monica [3:48]
9. Championship [3:01]
10. Spring Dance [:21]
11. After the Dance [2:33]
12. At USC [3:17]
13. Locker Talk [1:44]
14. One on One [3:56]
15. The Season Starts [1:31]
16. Zeke's Problem [2:41]
17. Quincy Takes It Hard [2:54]
18. Ups and Downs [1:23]
19. Party Problems [4:14]
20. Part of the Game [2:57]
21. Crossroads [3:02]
22. Barcelona [2:55]
23. Quincy's Fall [3:17]
24. Hospital Visit [:02]
25. A Talk with Mom [1:21]
26. Back at Home [1:19]
27. Monica's Challenge [5:14]
28. One on One Rematch [2:40]
29. Return of #32 [4:47]
30. End Credits [3:21]

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