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Director: Spike Lee     Starring: Denzel Washington Joie Lee
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40146675
UPC: 025192053627
UPC 14: 00025192053627
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A dark ensemble comedy/drama following the amorous misadventures of a hedonistic jazz trumpeter, the two women who love him and his compulsive manager, who all try to do the right thing.

"One of the best films of the year.  Gary Franklin, KABC-TV
"Spike Lee scores again. Denzel Washington is perfection.  Pat Collins, WWOR-TV

Editor's Note
Spike Lee ventures into the world of jazz music with this stylish romantic drama. Forced by his mother to study the trumpet, Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) has grown up to become the leader of a successful jazz quintet. Managed by his inept friend, Giant (Lee), Bleek clashes with fellow band member Shadow Henderson (Wesley Snipes). Making matters worse is Bleek's romantic situation: trying to balance two different women at the same time--schoolteacher Indigo Downes (Joie Lee) and aspiring singer Clarke Bentancourt (Cynda Williams). In a hysterical moment, the line is blurred when, while making love, Bleek calls each woman by the other's name. As he struggles to keep the quintet alive and flourishing, he must decide once and for all what it is he really wants: Indigo, Clarke, or his trumpet. The son of jazz musician Bill Lee, who contributes music to the film, Lee has written a script that crackles with witty behind-the-scenes banter that feels natural and fresh. Ernest R. Dickerson's camera moves at an even brisker pace than in other Lee films, which compliments the bouncy soundtrack, making MO' BETTER BLUES an entertaining ride.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/24/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20536
Video UPC UPC: 00025192053627
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cynda Williams
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Joie Lee
Video Cast Info Spike Lee
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Ernest R. Dickerson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Bill Lee - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Monty Ross - Producer
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Writer
Plot Summary
Top jazz trumpet player Bleek Gilliam is obsessed by his music but indecisive about his two girlfriends. When his manager and childhood friend gets into trouble because of compulsive gambling, Bleek comes to his aid only to discover that his world is more fragile than he ever imagined. MO' BETTER BLUES is directed by Spike Lee and stars Lee; his sister, Joie; Denzel Washington; Cynda Williams; and Welsey Snipes.

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...Seductive, engaging....[Lee is] terrific at ambience, at a real feeling for backstage talk..." 08/03/1990 p.F1

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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