Pootie Tang (2001)

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Released 7-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 78:02
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Programme
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Louis C.K.
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Lance Crouther
J.B. Smoove
Jennifer Coolidge
Robert Vaughn
Chris Rock
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music QD3
Prince Paul


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Czech
Hungarian
Polish
Swedish
Danish
Norwegian
Finnish
Dutch
Bulgarian
Icelandic
Portuguese
Hebrew
Greek
Croatian
Slovenian
Arabic
Turkish
Romanian
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, some deleted scenes and out-takes

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

Plot Synopsis

    Louis C.K., the writer of Down To Earth, has managed to write and direct an even weaker comedy.

    Pootie Tang is a surreal and absurd post-modern comedy about the adventures of a rapper and movie star called Pootie Tang (Lance Crouther), who speaks in a nonsensical form of urban black English. Pootie is known as 'da Da Vinci of A** Kickin', and he regularly deals out blows with his belt to criminals and others who are up to no good. But Pootie also has a softer side, and he cares greatly for the plight of his fellow urban Afro-Americans. Pootie is very popular, and after appearing in a number of public service announcements, sales of cigarettes, junk food and alcohol dive dramatically. This upsets White Corporate America, and from their evil boardrooms, a plot is hatched to take care of Pootie. Derivative of the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah, Pootie draws his strength from his belt. A sultry, white seductress named Ireenie (Jennifer Coolidge), is despatched to find out the secret of Pootie's strength, and take it from him. Ireenie is the "Darth Vader of T n' A', but will she succeed? Will Pootie surrender to this white woman and become just another black 'punk b*tch sellout'?

    This movie appears to be squarely aimed at young Afro-American teens. While I would never normally refer to racial issues in a review, this movie is clearly about them. It has some very serious social comments to make about greedy White Corporate America, who make a disproportionate amount of their profits from malt whisky and cheap cigarettes from Black Americans. It also highlights social problems relating to a lack of education and sanitation in some urban black communities. In the movie, we have whites entering the black ghettos to pick up black prostitutes, or to buy/sell drugs, or to exploit them economically. The issue of violence by black men toward their women is also briefly addressed. While these are all pressing social issues, it doesn't make for a very funny comedy. Indeed, like Down To Earth, the movie feels much, much longer than its running time. It is slow, laboured, and weak, although it does manage to raise some pressing social issues in US cities.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Paramount have again turned out a disc which overall is of great quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, which is pretty close to its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

    The transfer is reasonably sharp, but occasionally it becomes a little soft, such as the shot of the fruit cart at 10:43 or the boardroom at 14:03. Very rarely, some scenes even become blurry, such as the scene on the farm at 46:25, but the source material might be to blame there. The shadow detail is acceptable.

    The colour is good overall, with accurate flesh tones. Some scenes do appear poorly lit, which makes them a little dark.

    There were no MPEG artefacts to complain of.

    Film-to-video artefacts were present in the form of aliasing, such as the shimmer on the car grille at 2:14, or the shimmer on the grille on the side of the bus at 44:19. There was also some very, very slight telecine wobble, most noticeably during the opening credits at 1:21.

    Small film artefacts appeared throughout, and larger examples can be seen at 3:56 and 6:53.

    21 sets of subtitles are offered. The English subtitles are simplified but accurate.

    This is a single-layered disc, which is acceptable considering the length of the content.

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Audio

    There is only one audio option on this disc, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync have no major problems, although there appear to be some intentionally out-of-sync moments for effect.

    The musical score is credited to QD3, and Prince Paul provides some additional music. The entire score is Hip Hop orientated, which suits the movie well.

    The surround presence and activity is surprising for a dialogue-based comedy. The rears boom out the Hip Hop score, and also effectively add to the overall ambience.

    The subwoofer is also utilised very effectively throughout for the Hip Hop score, and there is some seriously deep bass. Indeed, I turned the volume of my subwoofer down at one point. It also occasionally adds to some of the effects.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Overall

Extras

    There are few extras.

Menu

    A very simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. It is static and silent.

Theatrical Trailer (1:42)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

R4 vs R1

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

    Pootie Tang was released on DVD in Region 1 in November 2001.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

    I would call it even, as this DVD does not suffer for being single layered.

Summary

    I'm not surprised that Pootie Tang was not heavily marketed here. Indeed, I would be surprised if it even got a theatrical release. If you're looking for laughs, I would recommend that you look elsewhere.

    The video quality is good overall.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are really not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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