Its a Love Thang Boxset

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Featuring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs, the It's a Love Thang box set from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment contains three of steamiest, most romantic films of all time: BROWN SUGAR, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, and WAITING TO EXHALE.

BROWN SUGAR: A hot ensemble cast featuring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def shines in this romantic comedy about love and laughter in the world of hip-hop. Sydney (Lathan) and Dre (Diggs) are childhood friends who share a passion for music and an unsung love for each other. But when Dre marries the wrong woman, Sydney must make her move or risk losing her soulmate forever.

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK: Get ready to groove with this heartwarming comedy full of love and friendship, starring sexy Angela Bassett and comic superstar and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg. Through good times and bad, Stella (Bassett) and Delilah (Goldberg) have always had each other. Now, Stella's so busy building a life that she's forgotten to really live. But Delilah is about to change all that. What starts as a quick trip to Jamaica, ends as an exhilarating voyage of self discovery as Stella learns to open her heart and find love -- even if it's with a man 20 years her junior. A captivating comedy that's sure to entertain, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK glows with warmth, humor and tenderness.

WAITING TO EXHALE: Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett star in this funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special relationship. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria are all searching for the Real Thing: true love. Bernadine thought she had it, until her husband left her for another woman. Savannah and Robin are successful in business but their love lives are bankrupt. And divorcee Gloria is getting back in the game by flirting with her new, very eligible neighbor. Based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel, and featuring the #1 smash hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," WAITING TO EXHALE is the film you and your friends have been waiting for! Original score by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203328520
UPC 024543396659
UPC 14 00024543396659
Format DVD
Release Date 4/7/2009
African American Cinema
African American Culture
African Americans
Based On A Novel
Romantic Comedy
Editors Note
Note This triple feature contains the romantic dramas BROWN SUGAR, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, and WAITING TO EXHALE. See individual titles for details.
Sanaa Lathan
Taye Diggs
Angela Bassett
Loretta Devine
Cast & Crew
Angela Bassett - [How, Waiting] Actor
Forest Whitaker - [Waiting] Director
Gregory Hines - [Waiting] Actor
Kevin Rodney Sullivan - [How] Director
Loretta Devine - [Waiting] Actor
Mos Def - [Brown] Actor
Queen Latifah - [Brown] Actor
Regina King - [How] Actor
Rick Famuyiwa - [Brown] Director
Sanaa Lathan - [Brown] Actor
Taye Diggs - [Brown, How] Actor
Whitney Houston - [Waiting] Actor
Whoopi Goldberg - [How] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 2239667
UPC 00024543396659
Number of Discs 3
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (2003) Grammy, Erykah Badu, et. al., [Brown] Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media,Image Award, Brown Sugar, [Brown] Outstanding Motion Picture,Image Award, Taye Diggs, [Brown] Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Sanaa Lathan, [Brown] Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Winner (1999) Image Award, Angela Bassett, [How] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, [How] Outstanding Motion Picture,Image Award, Whoopi Goldberg, [How] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominee (1999) Image Award, Michael J. Pagan, [How] Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress
Winner (1996) Image Award, Angela Bassett, [Waiting] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Loretta Devine, [Waiting] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Waiting to Exhale, [Waiting] Outstanding Soundtrack Album,Image Award, Waiting to Exhale, [Waiting] Outstanding Motion Picture
Image Award (2003) Brown Sugar, Nominee, [Brown Sugar] Outstanding Motion Picture,Queen Latifah, Nominee, [Brown Sugar] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Sanaa Lathan, Nominee, [Brown Sugar] Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture,Taye Diggs, Nominee, [Brown Sugar] Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Image Award (1999) Angela Bassett, Winner, [How Stella...] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Winner, [How Stella...] Outstanding Motion Picture,Whoopi Goldberg, Winner, [How Stella...] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Image Award (1996) Angela Bassett, Winner, [Waiting to Exhale] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,Loretta Devine, Winner, [Waiting to Exhale] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Waiting to Exhale, Winner, [Waiting to Exhale] Outstanding Motion Picture,Waiting to Exhale, Winner, [Waiting to Exhale] Outstanding Soundtrack Album
MTV Award (1996) Brandy Norwood ("Sittin' Up In My Room"), Winner, [Waiting to Exhale] Best Movie Song
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [How Stella...] You don't have to be an astute student of social trends to recognize that, when it comes to romance and age, American culture is characterized by a severe double standard. While it's perfectly acceptable for an older man to cavort with a much younger woman, if the genders are reversed, it comes close to being a scandal. That's why, on screen, Humphrey Bogart can be romantically linked with Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca), Harrison Ford can pair up with Julia Ormond (Sabrina) or Anne Heche (Six Days, Seven Nights), and Michael Douglas can be married to Gwyneth Paltrow (A Perfect Murder)...When a movie has its middle-aged male lead fall in love with a female co- star two decades his junior, it's so commonplace that it isn't interesting, and the age difference may not be mentioned. However, when the woman has the advantage of age, there are consequences. This is not just a motion picture convention; it's a reality of life. And, in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a surprisingly low-key romantic melodrama adapted by Ron Bass and Terry McMillan from McMillan's novel, the issues that arise from such a May/September male/female pairing are sensitively and intelligently explored...Like the title, the film is a little too long. However, except for a few slow spots, it makes for an enjoyable two hours. Given the subject matter, it's not surprising that the marketing for How Stella Got Her Groove Back is aimed at the black female audience, but this movie can be enjoyed by members of both genders of any race. It isn't the kind of "chick flick" that will have men looking at their watches every five minutes. And perhaps those who see this film will become a fraction more open-minded about relationships where the partners' age difference bucks the cultural norm. As Stella shows, there are times when the vapid cuteness of a young nymph can't hold a candle to the practiced sensuality of a more mature woman.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Brown Sugar] She is the editor of an important music magazine. He produces hip-hop for a major label. They've been best friends since childhood, but never more than that, although they came close a few times. Now, as both approach 30, Dre (Taye Diggs) feels his career has lost its way. And Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) is working so hard she doesn't have time for romance..."Brown Sugar," which charts romantic passages in these lives, is a romantic comedy, yes, but one with characters who think and talk about their goals, and are working on hard decisions. For both Sidney and Dre, hip-hop music symbolizes a kind of perfect adolescent innocence, a purity they're trying to return to as more cynical adults..."Brown Sugar," advertised as a hip-hop comedy, is more like a slice of black professional life (there's not even an entire hip-hop song in the whole movie). Directed and co-written by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie returns to a world similar to his "The Wood" (1999), but the characters are deeper and more complex...Consider Reese, the Nicole Ari Parker character. In a less thoughtful movie, she'd be the shallow, bitchy life-wrecker. Here, she is blameless and basically reasonable: mad at Dre for quitting his job without talking it over with her, jealous of Sidney because she (correctly) suspects Sidney and Dre have always been in love but lied to themselves about it...There's a scene in "Brown Sugar" I never thought I'd see in a movie, where after Reese and Dre have a "final" fight, and in a more conventional film she would disappear forever from the screenplay, but here she returns to suggest counseling and says they need to work harder at their marriage. How many movie romances are that thoughtful about their characters? "Brown Sugar" may be pitching itself to the wrong audience. The ads promise: "The Rhythm ... the Beat ... the Love ... and You Don't Stop!" But it's not a musical and although it's sometimes a comedy, it's observant about its people.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Diggs,Taye
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle [Brown] Delightful love story.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer [Brown] Sweet. The pun is unavoidable. It's the only adjective that fully captures the flavor of the romantic comedy...
Christine James, Box Office Magazine [Waiting] ...humorous observations, irrefutable truths and good performances that make this movie worthwhile...
Los Angeles Times [Waiting to Exhale] ...a glamorous, lush, romantic film.
Rolling Stone [How Stella...] This movie delivers. Angela is a beauty of blazing talents, Whoopi is wonderful.
WWOR-TV [How] and sassy. Angela and Whoopi give A+ performances...
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader [Brown Sugar] Smart and consistently funny, with sharp performances.
Northwest Cable News [Brown Sugar] Fresh, fast and right on righteous.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV [How Stella...] Sexy and sassy. Angela and Whoopi give A+ performances!
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today [Waiting to Exhale] Angela Bassett as Bernadine ignites the screen like an acetylene torch.

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