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Love and Basketball [DVD] [2000]

Release Date:10/10/2000
The little seen but wonderful Love & Basketball comes in a "Platinum Series" DVD from New Line and the results are spectacular. First of all, the anamorphic-enhanced 1.85:1 image is outstanding with rich, well-saturated colors and dark blacks. Detail is a real high point in this fine transfer. There are no real visible distractions, making for a picture that really stands out. The sound, an English 5.1 track, is adequate for a film like this, even though it really makes no use of the surround speakers. Dialogue is centered up front and clear. Also available is a stereo surround track and subtitles in English. Though those two elements are impressive enough, it's the supplemental materials that take this disc to a higher level. As is the tradition with this sort of special edition, those materials are plentiful. To begin with, there are two audio commentary tracks, one with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and star Sanaa Lathan, while the second track is a 5.1 isolated score with commentary from Prine-Bythewood, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and composer Terence Blanchard. Also included, with optional commentary, are seven deleted scenes, and a brief blooper reel that is quite amusing. In addition are four audition tapes, including the final scene in the film, with actors Omar Epps and Lathan. Animated storyboards, also with the final shots from the film, are included as well as a music video from Lucy Pearl, the theatrical trailer, and DVD-ROM content such as watching the film and viewing the screenplay at the same time. Finally, there's a very dry but valid 36-minute discussion of women and the competition they face, whether that is in business, politics, or sports.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (77 out of 78)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen version of the film
    • 5.1 Surround Sound
    • 2.0 Stereo Surround
    • English subtitles and closed captions
    • Feature-length commentary by writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and actor Sanaa Lathan
    • 5.1 isolated score with commentary by composer Terence Blanchard, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, and Gina Prince-Bythewood
    • Deleted scenes
    • Blooper reel
    • Audition tapes featuring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan
    • Animated storyboards of basketball sequences
    • Music video: Lucy Pearl "Dance Tonight"
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Original documentary: " Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Rise and Acceptance of Women Competitors"
    • Script-to-screen screenplay
    • Original theatrical web site on the DVD


    Love & Basketball
    A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball. Love and Basketball was the first feature film for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who previously helmed several comedy specials for Dave Chappelle. Spike Lee co-produced. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sanaa Lathan
      Sanaa Lathan - Monica Wright
    • Omar Epps
      Omar Epps - Quincy McCall
    • Alfre Woodard
      Alfre Woodard - Camille Wright
    • Dennis Haysbert
      Dennis Haysbert - Zeke McCall
    • Debbi Morgan
      Debbi Morgan - Mona McCall

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