8 Mile (2002) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Universal || R - 110 minutes - $29.98 || April 14, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-04-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Curtis Hanson
Writer(s): Scott Silver (written by)
Cast: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy


Theatrical Release Date: November 8, 2002


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Music Video
  • MyScenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

8 Mile tells the story of a young rapper named B. Rabbit (Eminem) who dreams about becoming a bit-time rapper. Well, one issue facing him is that he is white while all the other big-time rappers are black. The second would be that he lives with his mother who happens to have an abusive, and much younger boyfriend who takes advantage of the situation. The film deals with how B. Rabbit is supposed to become this big time rapper when he refuses to perform on stage.

While I still don't care for his music I do believe that Eminem is actually a decent actor and the story is incredibly strong. Color me shocked! The rest of the actors are a mixed bag of decent and crap. Future (Mekhi Phifer), Cheddar Bob (Evan Jones) and the rest of B. Rabbits crew are great, but Brittany Murphy's character Alex really seems like someone who could have been dumped from the script. She only has a few lines of a dialog in the film and the conclusion left me wondering what the actual point of her character was. Granted, this is probably the hottest she has ever looked (and what happened to her, did she drop off the face of the planet?).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features presented in SD.

Making of 8 Mile (10 Minutes) - Some interview footage is included...but this is actually pretty boring. Sadly they seemed to have taken a 4:3 feature and stretched it to widescreen as well, ick!

Exclusive Rap Battles: Unsensored! (25 Minutes) - Umm... this is a bunch of people rapping at each other. Yep, rapping.

And finally we get My Scenes and the "Superman" Music Video by Eminem. Some features are missing from the previous DVD release (Notes, Trailer and other garbage).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

8 Mile is Presented in on a 50GB Disc. This is easily one of the finest catalog presentations Universal has brought on Blu-ray. The image is incredibly sharp & detail just pops out. From what I've read the DVD looked fantastic as well.

Universal has included an English 5.1 DTS MA track for this release. Like the picture, there are simply no faults with the audio. Most of the time the background is rocking some sort of music and dialog comes across perfectly. The only exception would be at the end during the "battle" where I had to put subtitles on just to understand what they were saying (which is not an audio issue, just the way they speak).



.::OVERALL::.

A solid film with outstanding video and audio leaves this a no-brainer for fans of Eminem. For others, I'd urge a rental instead as some of the material ("battling", fight scenes, sexual encounters) may be a bit too much for younger viewers.