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    Unique ID Code: 0000036040
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 23/6/2002 12:04
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    O (US)

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    Trust. Seduction. Betrayal
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 94 mins
    Retail Price: $24.99
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    Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare`s classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the school`s star basketball player and future NBA hopeful. Even though he`s the only black student at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, he has the adoration of all, including the team`s coach (Martin Sheen) and the Dean`s beautiful daughter, Desi (Julia Stiles). Odin`s troubled friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach`s son, is deeply resentful of his father`s preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity. "O" is a stunning tale that will stay with you long after its final, powerful frame.

    Special Features:
    Director`s Commentary

    Disc Two:
    Cast and Crew Interviews
    Deleted Scenes with Commentary
    Comprehensive Analysis of Key Basketball Scenes
    The Newly Restored Classic Film Othello

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
    Pan & Scan 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Tim Blake Nelson

    Written By:

    Andrew Keegan
    Elden Henson
    Julia Stiles
    Josh Hartnett
    Mekhi Phifer

    Casting By:
    Avy Kaufman

    Soundtrack By:
    Jeff Danna

    Director of Photography:
    Russell Lee Fine

    Kate Sanford

    Costume Designer:
    Jill M. Ohanneson

    Production Designer:
    Dina Goldman

    Tom Tucker
    Anthony Rhulen
    Brad Kaaya
    Lisa Gitter
    Eric Gitter
    Daniel Fried
    Zack Estrin
    Betsy Danbury

    Executive Producer:
    William Shively
    Michael I. Levy
    Stephen A. Kepniss
    Fred Goodman

    Trimark Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    6 / 10
    I`m reviewing the region 2 disk (which is unavailable in the UK at the moment) and not the region 1 2-disk set.
    Shakespeare or no Shakespeare, this movie is no good. The cast is dreadful, but most importantly, the script doesn`t give them anything to do. Anything at all.
    The character development curve for each of the characters is as flat as it can get.
    The video transfer is average. While there are not that many compression signs (though some are visible), the framing is all wrong and there seems to be a gap between where the actual film ends and where the matte begins. To top it all, the picture is a bit blurry at times.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is OK. The surrounds aren`t used very frequently, but the movie does not require them to do so.
    The menus are still with sound.
    The extras include some interviews and 5 deleted scenes.
    Bottom line - rather than be called "O", this movie is much closer to being a "0". Avoid.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 23/6/2002 18:34