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Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 70 (Mar 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Martin Lawrence

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director David Raynr, producer Michael Hubbard, and executive producer Robert Lawrence; a deleted segment about boxing, and a backstage pass to 14 minutes of behind-the-scenes conversations and hijinks. There is also an up-front ad.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34191
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong crude sexual dialogue and pervasive language
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/07/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Raynr
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in a separate full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
While the box office has not been good to actor-comedian Martin Lawrence in the past few years, his fans still adore him as a foul-mouthed comedian (proven by the packed house on the night of this 2002 performance at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC). Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat tells the stories behind some of his more troubling run-ins with the police, the media, his health, and the movie industry, with interspersed behind-the-scenes documentary footage. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD offers a picture that is quite suitable for the live stand-up comedy performance. Despite generally pleasing sharpness and detail, focus can sometimes appear a bit soft. Colors are richly saturated, and fleshtones appear natural. When the stage lighting fades out, blacks are extremely deep and solid. Shots of the audience appear undefined and plugged-up. Some minor dirt is occasionally detected. Neither pixelization or edge enhancement are a problem with this title. The incorporated documentary footage is presented in black-and-white. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack has been well-recorded. The concert itself features moderate, yet nicely immersive surround sound from the crowd ambience. Martin Lawrence