Carmen: A Hip Hopera [DVD] [2001]

This update of Carmen, set in the world of hip hop, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that creates an image with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, as well as a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette that aired originally on MTV. This is a solid release from Warner Brothers that will please its intended audience, although there is little here to interest the average DVD consumer.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Widescreen version of the film
  • Fullscreen version of the film
  • Stereo surround sound
  • English subtitles and closed captions
  • The Making of Carmen: An MTV Special
  • Select a song feature
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Previously, and brilliantly, adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet, the Prosper Merimee novel Carmen served as the inspiration for this updated made-for-cable movie. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Beynoce Knowles of Destiny's Child as the seductive Carmen, no longer an employee in a cigarette factory but instead an aspiring actress. The "Don Jose" character has become a cop named Sgt. Derek Hill (Mekhi Phifer), who after being ordered by his corrupt superior officer Frank Miller (played by rapper Mos Def) to arrest Carmen for her involvement in a bar fight, falls hopelessly--and tragically--in love with her. After leading Hill down the path to perdition, Carmen deserts him, not out of love for bullfighter Escamillo but for a top-40 rap star named Blaze (Casey Lee). Although the familiar Bizet melodies are heard as linking music, the main musical score is a complete original, composed by Kip Collins. MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen first aired over the titular cable network on May 9, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mekhi Phifer
    Mekhi Phifer - Sgt. Derek Hill
  • Mos Def
    Mos Def - Frank Miller
  • Jermaine Dupri
    Jermaine Dupri - Pockets
  • Image coming soon
    Casey Lee - Blaze
  • Image coming soon
    Yuri Brown - Nori Lawson
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