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Lionsgate Belly (Blu-ray)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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 208114972
UPC 012236100508
UPC 14 00012236100508
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Dmx
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Independent Spirit (1999) Malik Hassan Sayeed, Nominee, Best Cinematography
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review 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.
Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 6
Widescreen, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Dmx
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Box Office Magazine impressive feature film debut...Belly nicely showcases some new acting talent crossing over from the music world...
Orange County Register ...the most technically polished hip-hop film to date...
Phillip Booth, Orlando Weekly A grim and poignant debut.
Sight and Sound ...gorgeous hues, surreal fish-eyed perspectives and pulsating varispeed camerawork...
USA Today ...Williams makes his big-screen debut with a gritty tale of trust, betrayal and redemption...

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