Hip Hop VIP's (2002)

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Released 21-Jul-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Trailer-Hip-Hop Vip's
Trailer-War On Wax
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 75:08
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Dr. Dre
Raekwon
Cam'ron
Eve
Aaliyah
Redman
Ludacris
Ja Rule
Method Man
Russell Simmons
Nas
Xzibit
Snoop Dogg
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

††† Before we get started, I just want you all to know that I actually am a Hip Hop fan. Sure, Iím lower middle class and white, but I listen to just about anything, and Iíll pump iron to tracks by Xzibit and rave to tunes by Prodigy and groove to tracks by N.W.A.. However, my response to this DVD is probably going to offend some die hard fans. In all honesty, I just donít care. But, to show I can be positive, in preference to this DVD I highly recommend you go and get hold of the Up In Smoke tour documentary. That goes off. This, oh God ... I donít even know where to start.

††† Okay, first up, picture the worst movie youíve ever seen. No, I mean ever seen. Now, imagine if that film were also a documentary hosted by this fat guy, known as Mr. Excitement, who mumbles and talks in half rap lingo, half nonsensical jargon through a series of interviews with absolutely no point whatsoever. Picture also, some very shaky video camera work and a bunch of drunk, stoned or bored rappers/hip hop artists staring at this camera going ďWhat the f***?Ē, and often expressing as much in words. Thatís Hip Hop VIPs for you. Let me give you a sample:

††† Mr. Excitement, leaning over a sofa to put a microphone in Method Manís face: ďWhatís goiní on man? Whatís goiní on?Ē

††† Method Man: ďIím just here. Me and this microphone weíre here. And we ainít tryin not to hear nothin coz weíve had it up to here. You know? Word up. Iím from Long Island originally." Then something I donít quite understand, followed by: "Murray! Freaky Murray! ... Word.Ē

††† Oh, the pain. The pain. And it gets worse. This is just the first interview. If you can even call it an interview.

††† And that there is the real problem. Mr. Excitement has access to all these hip-hop artists, and he doesnít have anything worthwhile to ask them. Nothing. So he just prattles on in nonsensical crap. If there were some music here, at least, just to break up the monotony of this guy who thinks heís cool trying to hang with the rappers, that might have helped, but there isnít. There is just a whole lot of pointless jargon, much of which you simply cannot understand because of the quality of the recording. And you can just see the nervous smiles as Mr. Excitementís poor victims take a look at the camera and then edge towards the door or sink into their drinks and hope this is all just some really bad trip. Who the hell is this guy? they think. And why is he trying to put his arm around me?

††† If you use only one DVD as a coaster this year, this should be it.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Presented in 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, this is, by the looks of it, the original aspect ratio.

††† Whatís there to say? This was captured on digital video, and it still looks like video.

††† While colours are all right, it is fairly blurry. Some interviews are incredibly grainy, like that with the legendary Dr. Dre, one of the only interviewees who isnít drunk or stoned and perhaps makes a little sense.

††† MPEG artefacts went largely by the wayside, which is perhaps the only saving grace. There was some aliasing and the odd bit of moire, but nothing really distracting.

††† Thankfully there was no dirt on the print that I noticed, but there was a big line down the screen during the Dr. Dre interview.

††† This is a single-sided, single-layered disc. There is no dual layer pause.

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Audio

††† The only soundtrack available is the English 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo track.

††† It might as well have been mono.

††† Dialogue is fairly muffled due to the quality of the microphone being used and the venues / settings. Mr. Excitement has difficulty keeping the microphone in front of his victims. And half of what they say is slurred, blurred or just makes no sense.

††† There are no directional cues. Also, there is no surround presence and no subwoofer use.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menus

††† All menus are presented in 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced. The main menu has a 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack.

Hip Hop VIPs Trailer (4:12)

††† Presented in 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo.

War On Wax Trailer (2:20)

††† Presented in 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo. This looks infinitely more interesting than Hip Hop VIPs, but that wouldnít be hard.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† The R1 release of this disc would appear to be identical barring the NTSC format. Iíll give this to the R4 release because it is cheaper.

Summary

††† Word up. You know? Like, yeah? Me and this, weíre like that. Just chillin. Yo. Word. ... Mmmmm. Yeah. That about sums it up.

††† The video is pretty average.

††† The sound is bland.

††† The extras were pointless.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Monday, August 04, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersEnergy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer

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