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Belly [Blu-ray] [Import]

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Pretty Good July 14 2004
Format:DVD
Some acting's bad, but besides that "Belly" is an everyday crime film, only with alot of style and alot of truthfulness. DMX and Nas star as Tommy and Sincere(a modern day Butch and Sundance as Sincere puts it). They are thugs who rob night clubs. Then Tommy finds out about this new kind of drug, hooks up with his Jamaican druglord friend Lennox(one of the coolest performances), and builds an empire in Nebraska. Everything's cool until Knowledge(rapper Power) gets locked up and starts screwing Tommy's business up. He recruits Shameek(Method Man) to hunt them down and kill them. At the same time, Sincere starts to reconsider his lifestyle.
This isn't the greatest crime drama ever, but it is cool. DMX gives an outstanding performance. Nas' Sincere seemed a little dreamy at times, but his role still works. T-Boz outacts Nas because of the scene when Method Man breaks into her house and she freaks him out when she pulls a gun on him. Method Man gives an alright performance, but his role was too small. Taral Hicks plays Tommy's girl Kiesha, who in the end symbolizes woman power as she fights off Method Man.
As for the movie, there are alot of memorable scenes, the most being the opening nightclub robbery. Neon lights, glowing eyes, and quick getaways.
This is probably the biggest Hip-Hop cult movie. For these being debut actors and a debut movie director, this movie's amazing. The best is that most of the same things that we found wrong with this film, Hype(the director) found himself. It would've been better if it hadn't been edited so much(Hype says in the commentary that the movie was like 3 hours originally). The last stand of Lennox is a little like the last stand of Tony Montana in Scarface, but it is more realistic and stylish. Anyways, good performances, great directing, awesome cult classic.
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Format:VHS Tape
While this movie can't be considered a long music video, it is essentially filmed in the Hype Williams music video style. There are numerous slow motion shots, and also present are the rich Hype Williams background textures. However while this works for four minutes of booty shaking, it works to hurt a feature length film.
The slow motion shots work to slow down the film (duh) but while this helps in a music video, it seems silly used so much in a motion picture (can you imagine having 30 slow motion parts in The Godfather? ---seems silly right?).
Also, the textures used in the film are cool in themselves but end up giving the film a surreal feeling, and given the gritty nature of the issues dealt with in Belly, I think that surrealism wasn't the way to go. For example, in the opening scene Williams uses light to give the characters eye's a neon hue, while the rest of thier bodies appear black. While this looks great for Busta Rhymes in a video, it serves no purpose in Belly. Why are their eyes like this? Is it because it helps to tell the story? Or is it just to show off?
Another issue is Nas' acting. Not to jump on his back but he's nervous throughout the film and it's obvious he's not an actor. That is acceptable in music videos or light comedy, but in a film where he is supposed to be comtemplating deep issues, his inexperince as an actor is uncomfortable to watch. You end up nervous because you know he's nervous.
Hype is obviously talented, but just because he makes great music videos doesn't mean he can make great movies. After all, just because Michael Johnson can sprint with the best doesn't mean he can excel at marathons right? It's a different animal, and this one devoured Hype Williams. Here's hoping he can improve.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Artisan's new "Belly" DVD isn't so SPECIAL!!!! Jan. 26 2004
Format:DVD
When I first heard that Artisan would be releasing a brand new special edition of "Belly", I was intrigued. I already owned the original DVD release which was alright but a little light in the special features category. On it, director Hype Williams spoke on a number of scenes that were omitted from the final release. He talked about wanting to put together a "director's cut". With this edition, I was hoping that we would finally get to see the footage he talked about.
Much to my dismay, this entire "Special Edition" is one of the weakest and most half-baked attempts to re-sell the same DVD twice that I've ever come across. Not only is there no added material from the actual movie but the special features included have me more confused than most viewers were with the original version of this film. The so-called "Deleted Scene" is actually just one solid shot of a bunch of people standing in front of some strippers at a night club. When they turn around, their bare breasts are blurred out like some TV reality show or something. I find it very hard to believe that this was ever even intended to be in the movie as the inclusion of it would make no sense once so ever. In fact, I think it's safe to say that it's probably just some daily from one of the filiming days at the strip bar. As for the "Spoken Word Featurette", it is actually just a bunch of people performing live poetry based on some of the characters in the movie. What The?!?! The only added feature that has anything to do with the movie is the music video for the song, "Grand Finale" off the film's soundtrack. Even the advertised bonus CD soundtrack is not the full album but eight songs from it thrown on a disc. The rest of the features are just recycled from the previous DVD release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review for this movie
This was a good buy.It was a great movie loved it. I'd recommend this movie to all hip hop fans, enjoyed very much
Published 12 months ago by Vicki Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars belly
love it . belly is one of my favorite movies so yes I love it. I would recommend everybody who likes good movies go out get it or purchase it on amazon like me.
Published 12 months ago by Trust love
5.0 out of 5 stars "THAT'S YA' MAN"!!!!!!!!!
I LOVED BELLY,WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT.!!! I LIKE MOVIES THAT HAVE A FAST TAKEOFF... THIS MOVIE IS IN MY TOP TEN!!IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE,THEN YOU AINT NO GANGSTA! Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by YOUNG PIMPIN'
4.0 out of 5 stars This Film is Better Than I Expected
While some acting is bad, some is exciting in this movie directed by Hype Williams. DMX is on fire for this being his first movie and while Nas is obviously meant to be a rapper,... Read more
Published on June 27 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie But Don't Buy b/c of Special Edition
Hype William creates a great movie which is like the typical gangster movie. The main character starts off, gets more and more successful, is at the top of his game, and BOOM --... Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by J. McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars ITS NOT A LONG MUSIC VIDEO...GREAT MOVIE OF
The story has 2 main characters Nas(sincere) and DMX(tommy)...Tommy the brains and the head of their opperations see's on the new that theres a new form of cocaine and its very... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Devon
1.0 out of 5 stars BELLY FART
One of the biggest examples of the plasticity exhibited by Hip Hop culture. I am ashamed to even be considered Black after watching this piece of trash. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Willard Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE FILM HATE THE DVD
I PERSONALLY AS A PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKER LOVE THIS FILM.
HOWEVER THE ORIGINAL DVD PROMISIES THAT THERE IS ENOUGH DELETED SCENES TO MAKE BELLY A 3 HOUR FILM! Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by hENRY greenberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage...
there should be no other words to describe this travesty. It has no cinematic value WHATSOEVER... the END OF HIP HOP MINSTRELS... I agree with the level-headed reviewers... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars move back to reality
I don't usually write reviews but I saw how poorly some people reviewed this movie. I couldn't believe the responses. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by caesar
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