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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 63)

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

Synopsis


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

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94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic movie finally makes it debut in HD

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    PS3orGoHome
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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

    Posted
    emoney

    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

    AMAZING MOVIE

    Posted
    Hunteryoung21

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Story of a man trying to find himself

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    TheSleeper1
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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

    Posted
    Layz

    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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    noriega360
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outhouse to the Penthouse

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    mjbridwell
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    The story behind Eminem's rise to fame. Great rap battles and background story that shows how a poor white kid can overcome all obstacles and rise up in a field known more for black lyricists.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    NessaWoz
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    Not only is the quality of the disk great, but the movie was great as well. I watched it years ago, but had it on VHS. I wanted to upgrade some of my movies to Bluray and found this one at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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