Bringing Down the House [P&S] [DVD] [2003]

Adam Shankman's comedy Bringing Down the House comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Shankman and screenwriter Jason Filardi. While short on any real insight into the film, the commentary makes it obvious that the pair had a fabulous time making the film and they do their best to communicate that feeling. A making-of featurette is paint-by-numbers. There is a short and very funny featurette on how Eugene Levy brought his knowledge of hip-hop culture to the film. A music video from Queen Latifah, deleted scenes, and a gag reel round out this package from Disney/Buena Vista. While this release is fine for what it is, the same features are available on a different edition that also offers a widescreen transfer of the film. That disc is preferable to this one.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • Gag reel
    • "Breaking Down Bringing Down the House" behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Queen Latifah music video "Better Than the Rest"
    • "The Godfather of Hop" featurette
    • "Da' Commentary" with director Adam Shankman and writer Jason Filardi
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
    • Full-screen (1.33:1)
    • French-language track
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Bringing Down the House
    A man looking for a woman just like himself ends up with someone quite different in this farcical comedy. Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a lawyer who is having trouble getting his life back on track after his wife, Kate (Jean Smart), divorces him; he's also adjusting to his new status as a single father. Looking for companionship, Peter tries an internet dating site and virtually meets "lawyer-girl," an attractive and single fellow attorney. Peter makes a date with her, but the woman who arrives at his door turns out to be Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), who not only isn't a lawyer, she turns out to be an escaped convict. Charlene is also a brash and brassy African-American, while Peter is perhaps the most tightly wound white guy in L.A. Charlene explains to Peter that she's strung him along because she's innocent of the crime for which she was convicted, and she needs a top-notch attorney to help prove her case. Peter isn't the least bit interested at first, but Charlene isn't the sort of woman to take "no" for an answer, and in time she wears him down and agrees to help. As Charlene moves into Peter's home, she helps him to loosen up and unleash his inner groove, which quite surprises Kate, and her down-to-earth advice comes in handy for Peter's son and daughter. But Charlene may end up going too far when Peter is asked to entertain Mrs. Arness (Joan Plowright), a wealthy woman looking for a new law firm. Bringing Down the House also features Eugene Levy as Howie, one of Peter's friends who takes a keen interest in Charlene, and Betty White as one of Peter's neighbors. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Steve Martin
      Steve Martin - Peter Sanderson
    • Queen Latifah
      Queen Latifah - Charlene Morton
    • Eugene Levy
      Eugene Levy - Howie Rosenthal
    • Joan Plowright
      Joan Plowright - Mrs. Arness
    • Jean Smart
      Jean Smart - Kate



    Customer rating

    4.7
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    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious

      Posted
      BlownItem

      Steve Martin's upscale and quiet lifestyle are interrupted when Queen Latifah brings the 'hood' to his lfe. These two are funny enough, but when Eugene Levy adds his wannabe color to the mix, the result is non stop hilarity.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      mavick

      "This was such a funny movie. From the minute it went on I did not stop laughing. Queen Latifah is an amazing actress. In my opinion she is the funniest person in hollywood." Would you recommend this product to a friend?: Yes

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Funny movie

      Posted
      Cherry
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      I was already familiar with this movie. I wanted a copy of my own. I would recommend if you would like a good laugh.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Funny Movie

      Posted
      Ant212

      This was such a funny movie. From the minute it went on I did not stop laughing. Queen Latifah is an amazing actress. In my opinion she is the funniest person in hollywood.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good for a laugh

      Posted
      meme
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      Great movie. Great cast, lots of humor. Personally a fan of anything with Queen latifa or Steve Martin.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious Movie

      Posted
      Forrest
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      This movie never gets old and makes me laugh every time I watch it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!!

      Posted
      Krazykacia09
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      So great to find this movie on Blu-Ray. Couldn't find it anywhere. Great quality and funny movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Steve Martin gotta love him

      Posted
      frankcwe
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      Steve Martin, if you like comedy then you can\t go wrong with hm.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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