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8 Mile [WS] [Uncensored Bonus Materials] [DVD] [2002]

  • SKU: 5300792
  • Release Date: 03/18/2003
  • Rating: R
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.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (75 out of 80)

    Special Features

    • 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
    • Closed Captioned


    8 Mile
    Controversial rap star Eminem makes his acting debut in this hard-edged urban drama, inspired in part by incidents from the musician's own life. Jimmy Smith (Eminem), known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit's entire life has been a hard climb, and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier lately; Rabbit has just been dumped by his girlfriend, forcing him to move back in with his emotionally unstable mother, Stephanie (Kim Basinger), and he's getting along especially poorly with Stephanie's new boyfriend. Rabbit has a factory job that's tough, demeaning, and doesn't pay especially well, and he's convinced his skills as a rapper are his only real hope at a better life. Rabbit makes music with a crew of DJ's and MC's who call themselves Three One Third, among them his close friend Future (Mekhi Phifer), but his status as a white kid making music in a predominantly African-American community and culture is extremely intimidating, and after Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex (Brittany Murphy), Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. 8 Mile was shot on location in Detroit; the name refers to 8 Mile Road, a thoroughfare along the city's perimeter which effectively separates the middle-class suburban neighborhoods from the lower-class inner-city. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Eminem
      Eminem - Jimmy Smith, Jr., AKA Rabbit
    • Kim Basinger
      Kim Basinger - Stephanie Smith
    • Brittany Murphy
      Brittany Murphy - Alex
    • Mekhi Phifer
      Mekhi Phifer - Future
    • Evan Jones
      Evan Jones - Cheddar Bob

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 80 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic movie finally makes it debut in HD

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      I rarely pay movie to go see a movie in the theatre. I would rather just wait for it on Redbox and rent for $1.50 like everybody else. Rewind to 2002. No Redbox and Netflix was in its infancy. 8 Mile was ground breaking for the hip hop community and most notably Eminem. Always known for being extremely homophobic in his lyrics, Eminem's character Jimmy has taken the side of defending gays. This movie was so good I went and saw it in the theaters 3 times! It makes a great debut on Blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hot Movie


      If you're a fan of hip hop, then this is a movie you should consider purchasing. The storyline is strong enough that you don't knod off and it's not filled with with too much drama either. If fact, there's a decent amount of comedy along with some great music and rap battles. The acting is better than I expected although it's still not anything that'll wow you. Still this movie is pretty good and is something that you can watch several times over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      It is a tie for me between this and Straight Outta Compton but both are so good. This movie and music is iconic to a whole generation, I picked up the steel book on sale with digital and it was totally worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This movie was by far the best movie i've seen in a while. You have to like Eminem and Rap music at least a little bit. Because this movie is about his life. It has a great plot and the rap battles are very very cool. Overall 10 out of 10! But not very good for Children, Just a heads up!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      digital code doesn't work

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I would avoid this item. It says it came out on 9/2 but it was really 6 years ago. Code doesn't work. Best Buy and Universal were awful when it came to solving the issue. avoid this product

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Story of a man trying to find himself

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      Eminem proves that he can act just as good as he can rap. No dull moments and the film feels very real. Most of the characters are loosely based on his friends and former foes. There's no music when drama scenes appears on the screen, which intensifies the moments. Great music.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Whose said white boys couldn't rap


      Not really a big difference in the role and the actor/rapper, but Enimen still made a good transition from artist to actor. Yeah the took the screen play from his lyrcis, and Mekhi Phifer's wig was funny looking, but you don't really play attention that. The rapping is the real star of the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Everybody from the 313!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Eminem's hit movie and one of my favorites. I just wish he would have continued on his path to creating a sequel to this one howhe becomes a big artist through his new attained small popularity and build from that shelter win.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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