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Down To Earth/Head of State

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Get ready to laugh your head off with these two scathing comedies from comedian Chris Rock! This exclusive Double Feature DVD includes the hilarious films Down to Earth and Head of State!

Down to Earth: Acclaimed as "the funniest man in America," Chris Rock delivers a first-rate performance in this romantic comedy about a man who gets a second chance at life and love. Struggling black comic Lance Barton (Rock) knows what it's like to die on stage. But when his life takes an unexpected turn--straight to heaven--Lance is sure there's been a mistake. Miraculously, he's right! An angel tells Lance he was taken prematurely but assures him he can be returned to Earth--in the aged body of a ruthless white billionaire. In this improbable reincarnation, Lance begins a hilarious quest to realize his showbiz dream and, along the way, discovers the person he never imagined he could be. Co-starring Regina King and based on the hit film Heaven Can Wait, Down to Earth is a "bold and brilliant comedy" (Kimberley C. Roberts, The Philadelphia Tribune).

Head of State: If you want a real political party, there's only one man who's wild and funny enough to take it all the way to the White House. He's Chris Rock, and he's ready to roll! When Washington desperately needs a presidential candidate just weeks before the election, they need someone sure to lose. They pick Mays Gilliam (Rock), an unknown local politician from a down-and-out D.C. neighborhood, to be their puppet. But if Mays is going to run, he's going to have fun. He's bringing in his brother Mitch (Bernie Mac), a hardcore bail bondsman, as his running mate and turning his campaign into party central. Now, Gilliam's gaining in the polls and on his way to making history. Comedian Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in the hit comedy from Capitol Hill that proves an underdog can become top dog and that the real power in Washington is a lot of laughs.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204028280
UPC 097361241845
UPC 14 00097361241845
Format DVD
Release Date 4/24/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Bernie Mac - [Head] Actor
Chazz Palminteri - [Down] Actor
Chris Rock - [Head] Director
Chris Rock - [Both] Actor
Chris Weitz - [Down] Director
Dylan Baker - [Head] Actor
Eugene Levy - [Down] Actor
Paul Weitz - [Down] Director
Regina King - [Down] Actor
Robin Givens - [Head] Actor
Awards
Nominee (2004) Image Award, Bernie Mac, [Head] Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominee (2002) Image Award, Regina King, [Down] Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Head] "Head of State" is an imperfect movie, but not a boring one and not lacking in intelligence. What it does wrong is hard to miss, but what it does right is hard to find: it makes an angry and fairly timely comic attack on an electoral system where candidates don't say what they really think but simply repeat safe centrist banalities...Chris Rock is a smart, fast-talking comedian with an edge; I keep wondering when the academy will figure out he could host the Oscars. Here he plays his usual persona, more or less, in a movie where some of the edges are rough and others are serrated. We keep getting these movie fantasies where political candidates say what they think, are not afraid to offend, cut through the crap and take stands. Must be wish-fulfillment.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Down] "Down to Earth" is a very earthbound comic fantasy, a racially flip-flopped "Heaven Can Wait" redo stuck in a purgatory with just enough meager laughs to keep it from a more fiery fate. Chris Rock's first solo flight as an above-the-title movie star should attract his large fan base for a good opening during this conspicuously mirthless period...Directed by Chris and Paul Weitz with even less finesse than they displayed on their grossout debut farce, "American Pie," a big teen hit that didn't exactly require grace or style, "Earth" marks the third cinematic go-round for playwright Harry Segall's whimsical tale of a young man who, called to heaven before his time, is allowed to return to live out his allotted years in the body of someone else who has just died...Pic could have benefited from some extra effort on the visual side to distinguish it as a fantasy, but none is forthcoming, as it has a dull, rather murky look.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, 2 Pack, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Sheehan, CBS-TV [Down] ...funny and heartfelt.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader [Head] The gags come fast and furious...Rock and cowriter Ali LeRoi strive for wit over crudity.
Luke Y. Thompson, Dallas Observer [Head] ...a laugh-out-loud funny movie.
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV [Down] The funniest man in America will have you laughing until it hurts.
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