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Soul Food [Director's Edition] [DVD] [1997]

  • SKU: 5379967
  • Release Date: 04/03/2001
  • Rating: R
George Tillman's heartwarming, culinary-oriented family drama Soul Food comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, the original theatrical trailer, and a handful of recipes from the Soul Food cookbook. This is a very good release from 20th Century Fox that offers a great-looking and sounding film, while also providing an entertaining and original extra feature.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1)
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene selection
    • Director's commentary
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • Audio: English 5.1 surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Excerpts from the Soul Food cook book
    • Closed Captioned


    Soul Food
    This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to quit the law and take up music. Bird doesn't realize that her husband Lem (Mekhi Phifer) is about to be humiliated by her ex-boyfriend (Mel Jackson). And while Maxine's relationship with her husband Kenny (Jeffrey D. Sams) is going well, her relationship with her jealous sister Teri needs fixing. These conflicts boil over at Big Mama's traditional Sunday dinners, where the matriarch plays peacemaker. The ritual faces extinction, however, when Big Mama suffers a stroke -- but Ahmad is waiting in the wings to take her place. Soul Food launched the directing career of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native George Tillman, Jr., who based the script on his own family experiences. In the summer of 2000, Soul Food was spun off into a cable TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Vanessa Williams
      Vanessa Williams - Teri
    • Vivica A. Fox
      Vivica A. Fox - Maxine
    • Nia Long
      Nia Long - Bird
    • Michael Beach
      Michael Beach - Miles
    • Mekhi Phifer
      Mekhi Phifer - Lem

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Always Loved this movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I waited a long time for Soul Food to be available on DVD. It was impossible for me to watch the VHS version the last decade. If you want laugh and cry this is a great movie to watch. Also it's realistic and relate able while at least for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This movie reminds me a lot of how my grandmother use to cook back in the day. This movie touches me so it was a MUST to own this movie. It shows great and I'm so glad I purchased it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

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      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      great movie that led to TV series ... great performances all around and great story about family

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Family movie

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      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      This is a good classic that you can watch forever.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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