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Slam
Trimark - 1998
Clement Perry
April 1999

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A unanimous winner for the 1998 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. SLAM is a thought provoking, real looking film about life and hard times in the inner city ghetto around Washington D.C.  Ray Joshua (Saul Williams) a gifted, aspiring rap artist gets busted in a drug raid and goes to jail. Immediately he finds the criminal justice system doesn't give a damn about young minorities in trouble. (particularly scary is "Your Number" in scene index #11).  In jail he finds many truths about himself and his god given ability. Through volunteer Lauren Bell (Sonja Sohn) Ray finds himself through his poems, spoken through rap form, he eventually finds salvation and becomes a changed man. This film is a must for any parent raising young teenagers in any of our big cities. This film has the documentary feel reminiscent of "Hoop Dreams" and "Menace to Society."

Transferred in Widescreen, it offers production commentary with director Marc Levin and Bonz Malone, supporting jail scene don. The look feel and color retention of this film is wonderful. Exhibiting natural fleshtones and shadow detail. Contrast as well as images are detailed without a hint of noise. Black retention is excellent making this a must have.

Special Features

Commentary by director Marc Levin and Bonz Malone; Goodie Mob & Esthero music video "The World I Know"; theatrical trailer

Studio

Trimark

Release Date

3/9/99

Year

1998

Retail Price

24.98

Rating

R

Starring 

Saul Williams, Bonz Malone, Sonja Sohn,   Beau Sia, Lawrence Wilson

Director

Marc Levin

Sound

DD5.1

Category

Drama

Running Time

103 Minutes

Color/BW

Color

Widescreen Format

Yes

Standard Format

No

Aspect Ratio

1.85:1

Regionally Coded

Yes

Closed Caption

English

Languages

English/French/Spanish

Sub-Titles

No

THX Certified

Yes

Multi-Audio

Yes

Interactive Menus

Yes

Scene Access

Yes

Production Notes

No

16:9 Enhanced

Yes

Movie on one side

Yes

Title Released

Yes

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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