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Biggie & Tupac: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap's Biggest Superstar

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  • Actors: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole, Donald Hicken
  • Directors: Nick Broomfield
  • Producers: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Georgea Blakey, Michele d'Acosta
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • Release Date: April 29 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000087F6O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,811 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Dvd-Biggie & Tupac ~ Biggie & Tupac: The Story Behin

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It would be an exaggeration to say that Nick Broomfield solved the murders of Biggie and Tupac. Nonetheless, he makes a convincing case as to who the perpetrators were and why they weren’t brought to justice. Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney), who narrates and appears on camera, comes across like a scruffy Robin Leach, but he's done his homework and sniffs out the clues with the tenacity of a bloodhound. Time and again, he refuses to be intimidated--even when his life appears to be at stake. Fortunately, he was able to convince Voletta Wallace, beloved mother of Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.), to cooperate, and that opened many doors. Unfortunately, Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, refused to participate or to allow access to his music. She had nothing to fear. Broomfield is fair to both rappers, although the soundtrack is all-Biggie. Easily one of the most fascinating documentaries of 2002. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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What could have been a very interesting doco turns into another messy, barely coherent exercise in vanity by Broomfield.
A major problem is Broomfield's narration of events. His voiceover is so monotone and dull it takes monumental courage to sit through 1.5 hours in one sitting. His sentences are also so repetitive and curt they become pointless. He just keeps saying things like: "I rang him" "He was not there" "This is David" etc. Awful and pure torture to sit through.
As bad is the photography. There is nothing stimulating or visually arresting at all. No nice shots, no attempt to create decent cinematography. Just tedious headshots and inept mistakes. If you like endless shots of LA highway you might enjoy this.
One part of the story is interesting - the LAPDs alleged involvement with Deathrow Records. So Broomfield, as is his wont, decides to sideline this in favour of spurious interviews with glory seekers who actually know nothing or have nothing to say. It is astounding how much of the footage is of aborted meetings or interviews that say nothing yet allude to something great. No-one will say anything on film, instead it's all nudges and winks and vague allusions. And we're meant to take this seriously? I reckon all these people were having a laugh at Broomfield's expense, at least that's how it seems. In relation to the LAPD story we get the familiar dodgy lawyer and some hispanic woman who had group sex with them. It's pathetic. She reveals nothing of interest, not unlike all the other interviews and soundbites.
Broomfield's techniques are also painfully inept and annoying. His telephone call to an FBI agent is so gauche it's tempting to think the whole thing is a wind-up. Any decent doco maker would approach the matter more seriously.
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By A Customer on May 25 2004
Format: DVD
Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... as in the prison scene with Suge Knight, Broomfield disobeys the warden. It's hard to tell which it is, but either Broomfield does not care about how he is supposed to act, or is just utterly clueless on how to go about certain situations.
If have already seen a Broomfield documentary, then you know what to expect. If you haven't, chances are high you will be turned-off by his style. Too many times we are shown clips of irrelavent info, or told/shown info about how a certain interview/person didn't work out. Broomfield also tends to try to become part of the story for whatever reason... this is common amongst documentaries, but in the way Broomfield does it just comes across as disingenuous.
Another gipe about Broomfield is his tendacy to exaggerate (or even outright lie), and lead the viewer into believing something that is not so. A perfect example would be when Suge Knight approaches to do his interview he tells them to shut off the camera to discuss the interview questions beforehand... while the camera does not get turned off, it is pointed away from Suge. This is all clearly heard/seen... YET Broomfield tells us that his cameraman is not focusing on Suge beause he is scared & looking for an escape route if something goes wrong.
As for the subject matter at hand... interesting material that you will not see elsewhere, but overall nothing too compelling. If you've done any reading or viewing on the topic, you already know what is present in this documentary, so don't go in expecting to be presented with any exclusive information.
Possibly worthy of a rental, but do not buy this.
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By Phil on May 25 2004
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Much like another reviewer stated, Broomfield has a shady style to him. However, maybe it's not shadyness, but a sort of naiveness... as in the prison scene with Suge Knight, Broomfield disobeys the warden. It's hard to tell which it is, but either Broomfield does not care about how he is supposed to act, or is just utterly clueless on how to go about certain situations.
If have already seen a Broomfield documentary, then you know what to expect. If you haven't, chances are high you will be turned-off by his style. Too many times we are shown clips of irrelavent info, or told/shown info about how a certain interview/person didn't work out. Broomfield also tends to try to become part of the story for whatever reason... this is common amongst documentaries, but in the way Broomfield does it just comes across as disingenuous.
Another gipe about Broomfield is his tendacy to exaggerate (or even outright lie), and lead the viewer into believing something that is not so. A perfect example would be when Suge Knight approaches to do his interview he tells them to shut off the camera to discuss the interview questions beforehand... while the camera does not get turned off, it is pointed away from Suge. This is all clearly heard/seen... YET Broomfield tells us that his cameraman is not focusing on Suge beause he is scared & looking for an escape route if something goes wrong.
As for the subject matter at hand... interesting material that you will not see elsewhere, but overall nothing too compelling. If you've done any reading or viewing on the topic, you already know what is present in this documentary, so don't go in expecting to be presented with any exclusive information.
Possibly worthy of a rental, but do not buy this.
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