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Notorious
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 21, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Note: This Release Features Both the Widescreen Theatrical Feature and Unrated Director's Cut Versions of NOTORIOUS
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Forced Trailer: WOLVERINE Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 97,064
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Absent the actual music, Notorious would be a lot worse. Full Review
Film Threat
Oct 22, 2009
Woolard, a Brooklyn rapper known as Gravy, has not previous acting experience. Yet his portrayal amounts to a Biggie resurrection....He's a knockout.
Rolling Stone
Feb 5, 2009
NOTORIOUS is a luridly unapologetic trip through the violence, hunger, verbal bravado, and money fever of the hip-hop world, which it views as both liberating and destructive....NOTORIOUS has a fascinating trajectory... -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 16, 2009
NOTORIOUS is a rock-solid biopic with a foolproof rise-and-fall storyline and a warmly nuanced performance by Jamal Woolard as iconic rapper Christopher Wallace -- aka Biggie Smalls...
Variety
Jan 11, 2009
Rating: 3/5 -- Newcomer Jamal Woolard is a natural as the mammoth rapper, easily adopting Biggie's cheeky swagger and rasping speech... [But] the story suffers as it tries to capture every last moment of the rapper's life. Full Review
New Zealand Herald
Jun 22, 2016
The inclusion of real-life footage and re-enacted YouTube clips is an interesting idea, but with each awkward stab at a new shooting style, Tillman Jr moves closer towards disgracing his subject with yet another hack job.
Little White Lies
Feb 19, 2009
NOTORIOUS is a good film in many ways, but its best achievement is the casting of Jamal Woolard...
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 14, 2009

Product Description:

The dramatic retelling of the life, improbable rise, and violent fall of rapper Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious B.I.G.), NOTORIOUS plays like A STAR IS BORN set to a rattling gangsta snare. With crisp direction by George Tillman Jr., producer of the BARBERSHOP series, the film is briskly paced and strikes a worthy balance between sensationalized celebrity biopic and behind-the-scenes drama. Angela Bassett anchors the latter with a nuanced performance as Voletta, Wallace's long-suffering single mother who attempts to shelter him from the mean streets of Bed-Stuy.

With deep involvement by those who knew him best--the real Voletta Wallace and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs (played dynamically by Derek Luke) co-produced--the film nonetheless unflinchingly portrays Biggie's troubled history as a teenage crack dealer, his chronic infidelity and poor fathering skills, and his own role in stoking the ludicrous coastal rivalry that claimed both his and Tupac Shakur's lives. As it presents Biggie's side of the murders in boldface, one wonders if a more independent eye would cast Shakur and his cohorts in the villain role so starkly. Documentary quibbles aside, NOTORIOUS delivers an impactful tribute to its subject's genius--revealing to fans and neophytes alike the microphone skills, narrative chops, and fresh vision that made Wallace one of hip-hop's greatest all-time MCs. Largely, this is due to the ace performance by Jamal Woolard, an amateur rapper who packed on 50 pounds to play the hulking gangsta, and nails his mordant charisma and conflicted inner life with a star turn every bit as on point as Jamie Foxx's Ray Charles or Val Kilmer's Jim Morrison.

Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:

Chronicling the extraordinary life of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, Notorious follows the young rapper from the tough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of superstardom as he juggles the increasing demands of fatherhood, marriage and a music career. Amid chaos and controversy, Biggie's remarkable talent and fierce determination help to solidify his legacy as one of hip-hop's greatest MCs.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 39,767
  • UPC: 024543580645
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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