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Notorious [Blu-ray]

Angela Bassett , Anthony Mackie , George Tillman Jr.    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Jamal Woolard, Naturi Naughton
  • Directors: George Tillman Jr.
  • Producers: Wayne Barrow, Edward Bates, Trish Hoffman, Mark Pitts, Robert Teitel
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UL7SCG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Biopic of the tragic life of Christopher Wallace, otherwise known as the American rapper Notorious BIG. Directed by George Tillman Jr, the story traces the life of Wallace (Jamal Woolard) as he fights his way up through the mean streets of Brooklyn, transforming himself in the space of a few years from a hustling nobody into one of the most influential rap artists of his generation. As his influence on hip hop grows, a fierce rivalry develops between his New York brand of rap and that of the Los Angeles-based rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie), a feud that will have tragic consequences for all involved.


In music terms, Brooklyn’s Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace was a hip-hop superstar to rival Oakland’s Tupac Shakur. In movie terms, however, 2Pac has long overshadowed B.I.G. with the films he made as an actor and the documentaries that followed in the wake of his similarly-unsolved murder. George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor) aims to correct that imbalance with Notorious, the authorised biography of the larger-than-life New York rapper. Produced by his mother, Voletta Wallace (played by Angela Bassett), and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke), Tillman presents Biggie as a bright child who grew up to be a drug dealer before finding his true calling on stage, only to be cut down in the prime of life. In his feature-film debut, Jamal "Gravy" Woolard captures Biggie's complexity--the loyalty to his crew, the disloyalty to his ladies (including Lil' Kim and Faith Evans)--but struggles to make him as sympathetic as the figure that emerges in Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac, simply because the script relies too heavily on the usual musical-bio clichés. Fortunately, several bright spots elevate the scenario, such as Anthony Mackie as Pac, Christopher Wallace Jr. as young Biggie, and Woolard's rapping, which segues seamlessly into B.I.G.'s (the soundtrack mixes original tracks with remakes). If Notorious isn't a failure, it isn't a triumph either, but Tillman has crafted it with love and respect, and only a stone could remain unmoved by the real-life funeral footage at the end. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good....But it doesnt tell you the full story 1 July 2010
By A92
I was reasonably impressed with "Notorious" and i can honestly say i liked the film. Me being a huge Biggie Smalls fan was eager to watch the movie, so i could find out more about the man and his background.

I thought the acting was spot on, especially by Jamal Woodward who plays the Notorious B.I.G and Naturi Naughton who plays Lil Kim.

However i thought the movie portrayed Tupac Shakur in a bad light and it seemed to me like the producers tried to make him the villain. From my research i know that there was a misunderstanding and that 2Pac thought Biggie "set him up", the first time Pac got shot in 1995, however this case has been denied.

Also there were parts in the movie which were inaccurate. For example

1) When Biggie see's the news report that 2Pac had died, he was watching it in his house. Biggie always claimed that he was in the studio recoding a song when this happened.

2) When 2Pac got shot the first time, Biggie and all his friends all jumped in the lift straight away to aid 2Pac. However in real life Biggie claimed that when Lil Cease told him Pac got shot downstairs, they did not get up straight away as they thought he was lying.

3) Lil Cease (Biggie's cousin) does not grow up !!

Overall apart from these small issues, i think that the movie is very good and i acknowledge that they had to cut a few scenes out to make it more commercial. I would 100% recommend watching it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jessilou 5 Feb 2011
I think the film is great, however I wouldn't recommend as a family DVD as there is scenes of violence and abusive language. However it is an extremely good film, it maps out the life of Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls/Notorious) and shows his way up to his high rap career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% good 8 April 2014
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This movie is so good I watched this film so much times that's how good this movie is thanks amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply superb 21 Mar 2014
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I originally caught this on TV one night and was hugely impressed... Stellar performances all round from the cast and the extras give a fascinating insight into how the film was put together
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable 4 Oct 2013
Caught this movie on film4 recently n all I can say is that they wasted a big opportunity to tell an interesting story about the life of biggie smalls. the film is really terrible both tonally and visually and the acting was so bad by the lead character that I found myself sniggering in disbelief on more than one occasion. not for me this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but hard to tell fiction from truth 10 Sep 2013
A decent enough film, that charts Biggy Smalls life, but over stylizes the glamour and cuts very quickly through documented detail.

This is quite an interesting story and could have had a lot more scenes, and a bit more grit.

It is full of bad language, sex and occasional violence, but nothing too shocking.

As a tribute to a hip hop artist it paints a picture of a very complex life, full of hangers on, trying to be an onstage swearing thug image and being a (albeit unfaithful) family man.

Not the best biopic, but certainly the man lived a crazy, full life in his short time if even a small percent of what happens is true.

Worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie 31 July 2013
By siras
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a good movie and it shows the life of BIG and it shows BIGGIES version of what habend when tupac got shot the first time
so good movie
there music will always live on
SO buy it if you want to see a good movie with fealings and struggle and about never giving up
ALWAYS GO THE STARS if you dont get the stars or your dream then at least you tryed
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOTORIOUS!! 28 Jun 2013
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Its the B.I.G story, no more to say! Hold up...there it is!! Come on Fey Fey...liar!! NOTORIOUS, NO, NO, NOTORIOUS
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