- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Closed Captioned - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish - optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Extended Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Production Interviews: Cast
- Audio Commentary: David LaChapelle - Director
- Music Video: K.R.U.M.P. - Daisy
- Bonus Footage: New Krump Session
- Filmmaking Insight with Director and Director of Photography
- Dance Moves by Dancers
- New Krump Session
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 06/24/2005
"There isn't a limb or a muscle group that isn't in full frenzy; it's dancing as cathartic seizure..."
New York Times - 06/24/2005
"[T]he stories and personalities that do emerge are touching and intriguing."
Los Angeles Times - 06/24/2005
"The spontaneity and energy with which the clowns and krumpers perform is breathtaking..."
USA Today - 06/24/2005
"LaChapelle reveals the captivating qualities of gritty street dancing, and his film is a touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions."
Rolling Stone - 11/03/2005
3 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] astonishing to see the furiously kinetic real-time steps in David LaChapelle's brilliant documentary on the street-level dance scene..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2005
"[T]he film thrives on the dancers' natural energy and optimism."
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005
Ranked #18 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[It] explodes with color and vitality on DVD....Eye-popping."
Total Film - 10/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "The surreal style of celebrity snapper-turned-director David LaChapelle is confined to an excellent slo-mo sequence....Otherwise, he's a humble observer of a grass-roots phenomenon."
Famed photographer David LaChapelle gets behind a different kind of lens for RIZE, his feature film debut. LaChapelle heads to Los Angeles to make his mark in the cinematic world, shooting a documentary about a style of hip-hop dance called "krumping." Dividing his time between the personal lives of the dancers and some spectacular on-screen demonstrations courtesy of the cream of the krumpers, LaChapelle's bright, vivacious photographic style makes an impressive translation to the big screen. Central to LaChapelle's film is Tommy "The Clown" Johnson. In the wake of the 1992 L.A. riots, Tommy performed as a traveling clown act for children's parties. Unable to satisfy the enormous demand for his act, Tommy set up a small clown-recruiting business which flourished under his tutelage. As the 21st century dawned, Tommy noticed his younger recruits had worked a unique and highly agile dance routine into their act, and krumping was born. LaChapelle slowly unravels the ties that bind Tommy and his cohorts throughout the movie; broken homes, domestic violence, and other horrors have cast an irrepressibly dark shadow over the dancers lives. RIZE illustrates how krumping offers a cathartic release from these personal demons, and as the dancers cavort and gyrate for the cameras, it feels like their tortured souls are literally trying to escape from their bodies. In fact, krumping has become so successful that many of the dancers have turned their back on the shadowy gang activities that formerly offered them a highly dangerous outlet for their pent-up frustrations. As the dancers perform a jaw-dropping array of moves, a deliriously infectious mixture of fun, intensity, and jubilant release pours from the screen. Playing out like a west-coast relative to fellow 2005 film, the New York-based MAD HOT BALLROOM, LaChapelle's movie gloriously demonstrates the healing powers of dance.
Los Angeles, California |
- Theatrical Release: June 24, 2005 (Limited)