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Belly (1998)

Director: Hype Williams     Starring: Dmx
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40233464
UPC: 012236148258
UPC 14: 00012236148258
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Hype Williams Film|A Hype Williams Film.
From acclaimed director Hype Williams comes this realistic urban drama highlighted by an all-star hip-hop cast, visually dazzling cinematography and a pulsing rap soundtrack.

"...the most technically polished hip-hop film to date...  Orange County Register
"A grim and poignant debut.  Phillip Booth, Orlando Weekly
" impressive feature film debut...Belly nicely showcases some new acting talent crossing over from the music world...  Box Office Magazine
"...gorgeous hues, surreal fish-eyed perspectives and pulsating varispeed camerawork...  Sight and Sound
"...Williams makes his big-screen debut with a gritty tale of trust, betrayal and redemption...  USA Today

Editor's Note
A stylish urban drama about two childhood friends who stand on opposite sides of the law. A visually stunning, brutally honest film from critically acclaimed music video director Hype Williams. Rappers Nas and DMX make their big screen debuts.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/20/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 14825
Video UPC UPC: 00012236148258
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Earl "DMX" Simmons
Video Cast Info Hassan Johnson
Video Cast Info Method Man
Video Cast Info Nasir "Nas" Jones
Video Cast Info Taral Hicks
Video Cast Info Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Video Cast Info David Leonard - Editor
Video Cast Info Hype Williams - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Hype Williams - Director
Video Cast Info Hype Williams, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Malik Hassan Sayeed - Director of Photography


Independent Spirit (1999)
   Video Award Name Malik Hassan Sayeed, Nominee, Best Cinematography

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Gorgeous hues, surreal fish-eyed perspectives and pulsating varispeed camerawork..." 08/??/1999 p.40-1

USA Today
"...Hype Williams makes his big-screen debut with a gritty tale of trust, betrayal and redemption that plays like a 90-minute version of the music video director's specialty..." 11/20/1998 p.6E

Box Office
"...An impressive feature film debut....BELLY nicely showcases some new acting talent crossing over from the music world, and conveys its message effectively..." 12/01/1998 p.44

Los Angeles Times
"...It builds refreshingly and unexpectedly to a spirit of redemption and responsibility....BELLY looks great..." 11/04/1998 p.C2

New York Times 6 of 10
In Belly, Williams, a graduate of music videos making his feature-film debut as writer and di - Lawrence Van Gelder

Orlando Weekly 7 of 10
Hype Williams, an acclaimed video director who has worked with Sean "Puffy" Combs, LL Cool J and oth - Phillip Booth

San Francisco Chronicle 5 of 10
Hype Williams is a video director making his feature debut, and he knows how to combine sound and moving images. Over an a cappella chorus, we see a group of young men getting together and going off to a nightclub. The eerie music suggests that this is not an ordinary visit. So do the guns and silencers...When the credits end, all hell breaks loose -- onscreen and artistically, too. Williams has a visual flair, and he films individual scenes with a certain vitality. But he has no idea how to tell a story onscreen. ``Belly,'' which opens today, is desperately clumsy. The clumsiness seems like sincerity for about a half hour, then it's merely amateurish...The picture stars two rap performers, Nas and DMX, as gangsta buddies Sincere and Tommy, whose criminal success has given them upper-middle-class lifestyles...Things keep happening, but it's all hard to follow. The reason for the title, ``Belly,'' is never explained...The heart of the picture has to do with the heroes realizing the error of their ways and finding redemption, but it takes a lot for an audience to forgive two murderers. ``Belly'' comes up short...The film acts as though Tommy and Sincere's lives of slaughter and mayhem were not things to atone for -- spiritually and legally -- but simply steps along the path to enlightenment. - Mick LaSalle

The Onion A.V. Club 6 of 10
Something strange happens about 90 minutes into Belly, the big-screen debut by influential hip-hop video director Hype Williams: The film starts to make sense, and even gets interesting. Somehow, the writer/director manages, in Belly's last 20 minutes, to concoct a sort of fever-dream mini-narrative composed of blatant appropriations from Malcolm X, A Clockwork Orange, and Strange Days. Unfortunately, though, those 20 engagingly bats*** minutes don't seem to have anything to do with what preceded them. Part incomprehensible GoodFellas rip-off and part feature-length music video, Belly is a millennial head film that subscribes to the sort of logic usually found only in acid trips, nightmares, and big-budget music videos. It does, however, deserve recognition as quite possibly the only major film in cinematic history to star two novice actors with three-letter names. Those two neophytes are rappers Nas and DMX, who star as a pair of drug-addled superthugs who have some sort of vague ambition to market a synthetic superdrug. It's difficult to tell what the hell is going on, thanks to the film's contempt for coherent narrative structure and almost impenetrable immersion into the farthest regions of street dialect. What is for certain, however, is that a whole lot of people get killed in Belly. - Nathan Rabin

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dmx
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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