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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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.55 out of 5 stars.
4.6
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

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

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 out of 54.6
9 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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