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8 Mile [DVD] [2003]

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Eminem , Brittany Murphy , Curtis Hanson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson
  • Writers: Scott Silver
  • Producers: Curtis Hanson, Brian Grazer, Carol Fenelon, Gregory Goodman, James Whitaker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMGR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Special Features:
  • Introduction to the film by Eminem
  • Introduction to the film by Curtis Hanson
  • Eminem music video Superman, available only on DVD
  • Deleted scenes featuring Eminem spontaneously rising to the challenge of other rappers in five "rap battle" sequences (25 mins approx.)


Rap star Eminem makes a strong movie debut in 8 Mile, an urban drama that makes a fairly standard plot fly through its gritty attention to detail. Jimmy Smith (Eminem), nicknamed B Rabbit, can't pull himself together to take the next step with his career--or with his life. Angry about his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) and worried about his little sister, Rabbit lets out his feelings with twisting, clever raps admired by his friends, who keep pushing him to enter a weekly rap face-off. But Rabbit resists--until he meets a girl (Brittany Murphy) who might offer him support and a little hope that his life could get better. Under the smart and ambitious direction of Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, Wonder Boys) and ably supported by the excellent cast and the burnt-out environment of Detroit slums, Eminem reveals a surprising vulnerability that makes 8 Mile vivid and compelling. --Bret Fetzer,

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 15 Jan 2005
By A Customer
The first thing to get out of the way is that this is not an Eminem film. Marshal Mathers portrays a character not unlike himself but it is a serious attempt to act in a film, not in an extended Slim Shady music video.
Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith Jr (Mathers) is not a happy young man. He's just split from his girlfriend, has had to move back in with his mother (which mortifies him) and her boyfriend (who he hates), has a dead-end job and his dream of getting out of the squalor of Detroit's trailer parks through his talent for rapping is being hampered by his lack of confidence and open hostility from black audiences and other rappers. Over the course of the film we see him struggle to take charge of his life and find his place in the world he longs to be an accepted part of.
Mathers is very good in his first feature film. His scenes with his friends and his mother (Kim Basinger) are realistic and he is incredibly natural and tender in his scenes with the young actress who plays Jimmy's little sister but it is in the freestyle rapping 'battles' that he truly shines.
The rapping scenes are intense. It is to his credit that Mathers makes you feel how nervous Jimmy is; how important these moments are for him. You don't need to be a huge rap/eminem fan to appreciate what is going on and what is at stake. The final showdown is breathtaking.
The extras include a run of the mill 'making of' feature and some rap 'battles' between some of the extras and Eminem which didn't make it into the movie but are worth a look. There is also the video for Superman in all its sleazy glory and a DVD Rom option to access further bits and pieces.
I really enjoyed it and at this price it is great value. If you like Eminem or enjoy rap/hip-hop or even just the timeless story of the underdog struggling to succeed, you should find something here to like.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, better than I expected it to be 2 Feb 2004
By A Customer
It was nothing like what I had expected, no frills from Hollywood here, even the way its been filmed has a more real feel to it, I did not expect to like this film, I thought oh great another rapper who thinks he can act, but I take that back Eminem does a damn good job on this film, the ending is the last thing I would have expected, well worth wtaching at least once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Eminem Show 31 Dec 2003
By A Customer
In many cases, 8 Mile is the Eminem show, inspired by his life and love for music, but 8 Mile seems to evolve beyond that.
As an untrained actor, Eminem has a lot of obstacles to pass, but Director Curtis Hanson seems to have a grip on this and before you know it, Mathers is making a brilliant performance in his first movie.
Set in '95 Detroit, 8 Mile is a story about a man having to overcome obstacles and culture trouble in order to earn his inspired dream of being a cult hip-hop artist.
Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith (Eminem) lives with his mother (Kim Basinger) in a trailer park in the urban side of Detroit, and he is having a few problems with his life, his girlfriend has split up with him, he's living in a black cultured society and his anger is becoming more infumed as the days go by, so teaming up with the local rap battle spokesperson Future (Mekhi Phifer) Rabbit starts to let out all of his hatred and pain through his rhymes, whilst getting the girl (Brittany Murphy also making her debut) and trying to make a name for himself.
Bonus material includes the making of the film including commentary from the cast and crew, other features include the music that inspired the film and the previously unavailable video for "Superman".
For a man whose world lives in a music universe, this movie makes for a popcorn filled extravaganza, top notch stuff from the real slim shady.
This is The Eminem Show!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suprising Film. (3 and a half stars) 5 Sep 2003
I'll admit I was suprised. Although I try to remain objective, it was hard to no be taken in by the saturation or Eminem's media image before this film.
The film, like his music, takes his society as it is without romanticism. No stupidly happy hollywood endings. It is a well made film. Eminem's acting abilities shine through as does his amazing talent for MCing.
Although, by no means a perfect role model of a film, some interesting contextual shifts arise. The use of the term "faggot" & "fag" is shown up to have become removed from meaning gay as society moves forward and becomes more diversely aware. The insult remains - much like the term "bastard" I suppose. There is a strong patriarchal overtone to the film though - although maybe this is just a commentary on urban American hip-hop culture. All sexually active women in the film seem to be a metaphor for the bad. eg - His girlfriend is using her pregnancy against him. His mum is in an abusive relationship and when she is single she can be a better mother. His new girlfriend cheats on him. The only innocent main female character is his little sister who remains a point of wholesomeness throughout the film.
Overlooking all this, the film is well paced and although the ending is not hollywood happy, it does leave you feeling good about the character. There is also a lot of good MCing. Definately worth watching (if only for the final freestyle battles).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Eminem? 16 April 2005
Im not an Eminem fan and I would never have watched this film by my own choice, but having said that - I enjoyed it. So there is obviously something in there to turn it around.
Ok, so I had absolutely no idea what people were saying for vast amounts of the film, I just managed to keep a hold of what was being rapped during the 'battles' and I followed the story by keeping my wits and looking for advice from the other people watching.
The story basically follows the young white rapper 'Bunny Rabbit' (How this guy got into as few fights as we saw with that name I didn't know) as he struggled, not so much to get noticed and recognised, but to pull out of himself the raw talent he and his friends knew he had.
Until this film he was an unknown, but respected within his group as good. By the end of this film by overcoming a variety of problems, being knocked back, getting a little luck, but overall walking in the right direction and trying to keep life on track (in a very subtle unspoken way too) he becomes a man who has opened a door, expressed his talent, proven he can cut it.
At times some of the things that happen appear almost random, without justification or motive, but then, that is not to say its wrong. That is obviously the way life works here. Its not so much a feature film as a semi fictional documentary to give you some insight, some fun and some shocks. Its certainly enjoyable whether a fan of Eminem or not, in fact the only song from the soundtrack that seems to appear in the film is the title track. Its true if you hate rap you are going to hate this film, but liking it is not so much a requirement as an added benefit.
My only real down point was that come the end, it finished. Abruptly.
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