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Baadasssss! (Badass!)
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 90 (Nov 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter, Terry Crews, Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Saul Rubinek, Vincent Schiavelli, Khleo Thomas, Mario Van Peebles, Karimah Westbrook & Rainn Wilson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles, a 22-minute featurette on The History Of Black Cinema, an 11-minute premiere featurette, a 32-minute Q&A with Melvin Van Peebles at the American Cinemateque, a poster gallery, and bonus trailers (which are also available up-front).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04368
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive language and some strong sexuality/nudity
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/14/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mario Van Peebles
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the true story of his father's struggles as a filmmaker, Mario Van Peebles directs a revealing portrait of Melvin Van Peebles. After the success of his debut feature Watermelon Man, Melvin Van Peebles (played by Mario) was determined to push the Hollywood boundaries with the controversial Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Despite the fact that only two theatres would initially play the film, Sweetback eventually became the top-grossing independent hit of 1971. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits stylish visuals, with a vibrant color scheme and archival footage peppered throughout. The color palette exhibits rich and warm reds, rich blues, and deep blacks. Some segments appear coolly contrasted to the warm color palette of other segments. Images are sharp and detailed, sometimes appearing exceptionally textured. Minor smearing is occasionally evident, with a slight loss of finer details. Other distractions come in the way of edge enhancement, as well as some pixel breakup. (Suzanne Hodges)

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