All About the Benjamins (2002)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Audio Commentary-Kevin Bray (Director) & Matt Alvarez (Producer)
Featurette-Shot Caller From Videos to Features
Featurette-Strictly Business Making the Benjamins
Featurette-Miami Nice Production Design
Featurette-All About the Stunts
Deleted Scenes-1
Outtakes
Music Video-Trina, Told Y 'All
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
Production Notes
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 93:42
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (76:37) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Kevin Bray
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ice Cube
Mike Epps
Eva Mendes
Tommy Flanagan
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI Rental Music John Murphy


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    All About The Benjamins is the latest action vehicle from Rap Star turned action hero Ice Cube. Cube is a bounty hunter in Miami tracking down low rent con-artist Mike Epps. During their cat & mouse chase, they accidentally get caught up in an international diamond heist, with Epps barely escaping with his life only to leave a winning lottery ticket in the hands of the jewel thieves. Cube and Epps team up to solve both the heist and to regain the ticket.

    As action films go, this is definitely low rent. There are some nice stunts, an occasional laugh, but it consists mostly of lacklustre performances surrounded by over-the-top directorial flourishes courtesy of Director Kevin Bray. Bray, obviously trying to emulate Michael Bay of The Rock and Bad Boys fame, needs to tone down his enthusiasm and concentrate on the basics. His action scenes are so confusing that at times you become disoriented. Nevertheless, he does know his way around a camera, and the film to its credit is never boring. Ice Cube and Mike Epps have reasonable on-screen chemistry and Florida does provide some nice backdrops for the action set pieces. All About The Benjamins is a barely passable, but not overly terrible, time waster.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    All About The Benjamins has been given a reference quality transfer.

    The transfer is presented in the film's original aspect ratio of 2:35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness and shadow detail are flawless and there are no low level noise issues. I could not fault any aspect of the transfer - New Line once again deliver the goods.

    Colours are rich and dynamic, with the picture leaping off the screen.

    This is a blemish free print with no film or video artefacts whatsoever.

    Roadshow and New Line Cinema have done themselves proud - this is simply a stunning transfer.

    There is an RSDL change at the 76:37 minute mark, which is not intrusive.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    All About The Benjamins has been blessed with both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio options. There is also a director's commentary presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. Both the DTS and Dolby Digital soundtracks are almost identical, with the DTS track proving the better of the two options as it has a slightly richer bass field.

    Dialogue is always clear and there are no audio sync problems.

    The film's music is a mixture of the latest urban chart toppers and a traditional score. The score is by John Murphy and is fairly non-descript.

    Surround channel usage is first rate, with directional channels straining to keep up with the dynamic audio mix.

    The subwoofer adds the necessary depth to the proceedings.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Main Menu Introduction

Menu Animation & Audio

Audio Commentary

    The commentary is by Director Kevin Bray and Co-Producer Matt Alvarez. As commentaries go, this is definitely for fans of the film only. The participants rarely provide any interesting behind the scenes details, and spend most of the time complimenting each other. Very dire indeed.

Featurette - Shot Caller: From Videos to Features.

    This 14 minute feature on the increasing influx of MTV video directors into the action movie scene is fairly entertaining if a little trite. Most of the behind the scenes participants are interviewed with special comments from higher profile directors such as Red Dragon and Rush Hour's Brett Ratner.

Featurette - Strictly Business: Making The Benjamins.

    12 minutes worth of fluffy promotional footage and comments from all the participants. In other words, a glorified trailer.

Featurette - Miami Nice: Production Design.

    Designer Mark Harrington and set decorator Barbara Peterson talk about their roles in the making of the film. Decent enough 8 minute short.

Featurette - All About The Stunts.

    This is the best featurette on the disc. A technical talk by the stunt co-ordinator, effects staff and helicopter pilot about the stunt requirements for the film. Some great behind the scenes clips.

Deleted Scene

    A solitary scene that adds nothing to the film, is not funny and was deservedly cut.

Outtakes

    A 2 minute gag reel / outtake reel that is not very amusing. Flubbed lines and in jokes are not exactly hilarious.

Music Video - Trina Music Video - "Told Y All".

    Standard MTV clip.

Teaser Trailer

Theatrical Trailer

    Both trailers are presented in anamorphic format.

Production Notes

Biographies-Cast & Crew

    Standard bios for the main cast and crew.

Scene Selection Animation & Audio

R4 vs R1

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

    Both the R4 and R1 versions are identical.

Summary

    All About The Benjamins is a low grade action buddy flick, presented with a fabulous transfer and decent extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Monday, August 11, 2003
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DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.
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SpeakersSS-MS215

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