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Soul Man [DVD] [1986]

C. Thomas Howell , James Earl Jones , Steve Miner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: C. Thomas Howell, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TFUJN6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) needs a scholarship to get into Harvard Law School. There's one available for a black student. The only problem is that Mark s not black... yet. But thanks to an overdose of tanning pills, a new hair-do and a lowered voice, he miraculously passes for African-American and receives full tuition. Now with the help of his excessive best friend (Arye Gross), a fierce professor (James Earl Jones) and the beautiful classmate (Rae Dawn Chong) he falls in love with, Mark is about to learn some once-in-a-lifetime lessons about racism, discrimination, sex-crazed white girls and basketball. Leslie Nielsen and Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-star in this wild hit comedy filled with heart, soul and the hilarious truths that colour us all.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast, Great Film. 8 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
I've nothing to add to the Amazon synopsis above, which outlines the film's plot, but here's some technical details about the Boulevard Entertainment 2010 DVD release which are worth noting:

The DVD region for the disc is 0, so it should play on any DVD player. The format is NTSC. There are no subtitles included. The DVD transfer is pretty good. The artwork is a bit on the cheap side, with the screen shots on the back cover being of poor quality.

For a budget DVD release like this, I was impressed with the few extras that are included, as there are usually none at all. You get the original teaser trailer (approx. 1 minute long), the longer full-length theatrical trailer (approx. 2 minutes long), and a commentary track on the film itself from the director, Steve Miner, and the main star, C. Thomas Howell.

For its current Amazon price of 2.19, it's a bargain not to be passed up for fans of 80s film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Man DVD 11 Jan 2011
By RJ
Format:DVD
Had this film been made in current times it would probably have caused a racism storm, however this film should be enjoyed by all and accepted in the comedy manor that was intended. If actors such as the great James Earl Jones saw the funny side then so should everyone.
This is pure comedy genius by all involved and i would highly recomend that it should be classed as a must see film. If you're looking for a great movie that can be enjoyed by everyone then this is it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent film 5 May 2003
Format:VHS Tape
whilst i was sceptical at first this film turned out to be one of the funniest films i have ever seen. based on the most unlikely premise that overdosing on 'suntan pills' (with very little explanation of how these came about) can make a white man black it then turns into a comedy of errors that is highly enjoyable. of course at the end our man has learnt that black folks aren't quite as one dimensional as he thought plus he picks up some tasty black girl in the process, plus she's a single mum so he is quids in. i can recommend this film to everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Man - Great Movie 24 Nov 2009
By Kasey J
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this when it came out in 86 and loved it.

Then recently all of a sudden I had strong desire to watch it again...

So glad I bought it, very funny film. High spirits.

Most likely wont regret buying this, one of those classics for the DVD library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the funniest film I have ever seen 18 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
Quality! I have loved this film for years and have watched it hundreds of times. All my friends love it, my mum loves it, sadly my nan died in 1985 so never got a chance to see it. It's not overly PC but all the jokes are harmless. If you have never seen Soul Man and bark on about how funny Anchorman, Old School, Ferris's Day Off and Office Space are then you have no excuse for not seeing this film. It's the nuts.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The cosby decade... 15 Jan 2014
Format:DVD
Mark doesn't expect any problems in going to college, he and his friend have reserved places in Harvard and his parents have the money to pay for his education.

But his father's psychiatrist advises him to go on vacation in Hawaii instead of spending more money on his son.

Since Mark wants to keep his lifestyle, including a fancy car and a flat shared with his friend, he seeks financial support.

The only foundation which still accepts applications is for blacks only.

With lots of tanning pills he sets out to Harvard....

It must have sounded good on paper. The high concept plot sounds okay, but the execution is handled so poorly, it cannot help but be offensive, even though it doesn't want to be.

After the gimmick wears off, it's your regular fish out of water comedy, which has so many troupes, there should be a horn go off every time one is mentioned.

Howells is good, but this film ruined his career. Remember him in The Amazing Spider- Man? Didn't think so.

It has its moments, but it doesn't hold up like most eighties movies do.

its a shame, because done in the right hands, it can be funny.....See Tropic Thunder.

A waste, and I feel sorry for Howell.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!! 4 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
I saw this movie when it first came out and thought it was just hysterical so I just had to get it when It came out on DVD. Please to say all though it is dated it is still an enjoyable movie. All I can say is that I just love this movie! The little kid is just soo cute!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic . 14 Dec 2013
By Snakey
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this when it was first released and did so again after my purchase . Very funny movie .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A one sided comedy lacking any humour
For me the comedy value of the film is summed up by the poorly written scene where the lead character of Mark tries to hide the fact he is now 'black' from his Parents, while... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Man of the Third Eye
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I needed this to show 12 year olds it was what it was and they watched it during PSHE, thanks
Published 13 months ago by Trudi Mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great service from supplier and very cheap well worth the money. video quality brilliant, the oldies are definately the best....Love love love this film!,highly recommend it
Published 14 months ago by sarah thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad. . .really really bad
Acting is the worst I have ever seen, almost painful to watch, dialogue is dire, NOTHING about this film is funny, cannot find one good thing to say about the film, had to turn it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Man DVD
This is one of my all-time favourite films - and didn't dissapoint - I wanted my daughter to watch it as well. Thank you.
Published 19 months ago by Miles
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
did not find this funny. everything about it is poor sadly.
i read the reviews but dont agree with them at all.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Funny, and very touching. Not meant to be more than a simple comedy of boy meets girl and would do anything to get her.
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by S. Mahroof
4.0 out of 5 stars so good
This is a very good comedy suitable only for adults due to the language used.
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by CrazySpartan
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