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All Eyez On Me Blu-ray Review

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“All Eyez On Me” is a flat biopic.

Considering Tupac Shakur is one of the most acclaimed rap/hip-hop artists of all time, it was only a matter of time before the late musician would get a big screen biopic (especially after the success of “Straight Outta Compton”). Unlike the impressive ‘Compton,’ however, “All Eyez On Me” does not fare as well.

In the first 45 minutes of “All Eyez On Me,” it was starting to look like this movie would be unwatchable. Structurally, the film was a mess as it toggled between Tupac doing interviews in jail in 1995 while flashing back to parts of his life ala his childhood, his political activist parents, his time in NY and California, the start of his music career with the Digital Underground, his arrests and the beginnings of his solo music career. The lack of rhythm and transitions between scenes was nightmarish. The frequently atrocious dialogue, poor production values, and shaky acting from many did not help matters any either. Thankfully, about midway through the film once Tupac is released from prison, the film picks up and improves slightly. Keyword- slightly.

When “All Eyez On Me” focuses on his late and great music career, the movie certainly comes to life. This is in large part do to some strong acting by star Demetrius Shipp, Jr. (Tupac) and Dominic L. Santana (Suge Knight) who really carry the film. Also, while he’s mostly in the first part of the film, it was also exciting to see Jamal Woolard reprise his role as Biggie again after his great performance in “Notorious” (which is also a much better biopic than this). Chris Clarke as Shock G also deserves credit for his small but memorable role as the vocalist of the Digital Underground.

It should also be mentioned that the soundtrack is first rate here and is easily the best part of the entire film. Classic Tupac songs (as well as other tunes) are played throughout and it really classes up the movie.

Unfortunately, aside from some cast members and the soundtrack, the movie doesn’t quite work. Between the inaccuracies (especially with the ending) and the rushed narrative of his life, Tupac’s life truly deserves a better and more focused movie.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the most visual film, the hi-def transfer is still solid.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a quality 5.1 track. The music is especially vibrant (and also the best part of the film).

Extras: * Lionsgate/Summit trailers. * DVD copy and Digital copy. * “Becoming Tupac”- An insightful interview with actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. who played Tupac. * The 27 minute “Legends Will Never Die: The Making Of All Eyez On Me” features cast and crew interviews, set footage, discussions about the film and Tupac, and much more. * 11 deleted scenes. * “All Eyez On Me Conversations”- A 3 part extra that contains the featurettes “Telling Tupac’s Story,” “Tupac’s Influence On The Music World,” “Tupac’s Fashion And His Lasting Influence.” * The raw audition tape for Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

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September 2, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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