Dave Chappelle's Block Party (P&S)

Starring: Dave Chappelle Director: Michel Gondry  Rated: R: Restricted
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 04/11/2006
"[A] tantalizing sketch-portrait of the artist amid an outpouring of hard beats and soul."
USA Today - 03/03/2006
"Besides being filled with Chappelle's hilarious sense of humor, the movie features life-affirming messages and great music by serious rap artists with political, socio-cultural and spiritual themes."
Rolling Stone - 06/15/2006
"A joyous, inclusive spirit defines director Michel Gondry and Dave Chappelle's road-trip/concert film..."
Premiere - 07/01/2006
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The greatest American hip-hop has to offer convene to produce something monumentally joyful and entertaining and relatively egoless."
Total Film - 06/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Chappelle is the perfect host, effortlessly improvising before and between acts....You won't just wish you'd been there -- you'll feel like you really were."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2006
"[I]t is something of a love letter to all things hip hop and New York....[T]he sheer enthusiasm of the musicians, often collaborating with each other spontaneously, lends the film a winning nostalgia..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/29/2006
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "BLOCK PARTY weaves music, comedy, stars and audience members into a funky and delirious vaudeville."
Mojo - 02/01/2007
"[A]miable, electrifying....[The film] showcases the brightest lights of the hip hop and neo soul scenes..."

Product Description:

Between the sharp comedic mind of David Chappelle and the quirky brilliance of French director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), there's not a single bad moment to be found in this captivating concert documentary chronicling a massive block party that Chappelle threw in 2004 down in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. With acts like the Roots, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, and a reunion of the Fugees, this will be an automatic favorite for the hip-hop/neo-soul crowd. In its perceptive, celebratory way, the film opens the VIP gates on hip-hop culture and invites everyone in for a funky good time. Gondry's fly-on-the wall camera approach recalls D.A. Pennebaker docs like DON'T LOOK BACK (1967) but the attitude is more laid back and genial; the stars, the band, the locals, the marching band Chappelle buses in from his Ohio hometown, all come together with a rare sense of charmed spontaneity--watching it becomes akin to participation. Chappelle is hilarious, whether handing out golden tickets to old ladies or reciting improv poetry to a bongo beat, and the music is just as good, with highlights being Lauryn Hill's heartbreaking "Killing Me Softly," and Kayne Wests's galvanizing "Jesus Walks." This BLOCK PARTY re-writes a host of rules about what a concert film can be, and it does it with enough love to spill out of the theater and into the neighborhood.

Plot Keywords:

Documentary | Live Performances | Music | Parties | Rap Artists | Rap Music | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: March 3, 2006

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  • UPC: 025192042652
  • Shipping Weight: 0.49/lbs (approx)
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