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DVD Review: Soul Men

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
February 9th, 2009






The film stars the late Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson as "estranged soul singers Louis and Floyd in this hilarious road-trip comedy. Out of shape and out of practice, the duo sets off on a cross country journey to perform a tribute concert at the legendary Apollo Theater - settling their 25 year grudge along the way. Also staring Sharon Leal (DREAMGIRLS), Isaac Hayes (HUSTLE & FLOW) and Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend" 


Feature Commentary by director Malcom D. Lee and writers Matt Stone & Rob Ramsey
The Soul Men: Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson
The Cast of Soul Men
Director Malcom D. Lee
A Tribute to Bernie Mac
A Tribute to Isaac Hayes
Boogie Ain't Nuttin': Behind-The-Scenes
Bernie Mac at The Apollo
Theatrical Trailer


If it's a film review you're looking for, head on over here and check out Rusty's take on SOUL MEN.

For the most part, the SOUL MEN DVD is filled with pretty standard, run of the mill special features. The behind the scenes featurettes tend to be a little self indulgent in their praises of the film and its director, with one special feature even devoted wholly to Mr. Lee himself. At least there's a sense that the people involved with SOUL MEN had fun with the film because I'm not sure anyone who saw it did.

What have the potential to be the highlights of the special features often disappoint as well, including "Bernie Mac at The Apollo" which turns out to be a four minute impromptu performance by Mac on set. Unfortunately, Mac's routine can hardly be understood due to the editing and he can hardly be seen, as he spends most of the time in the background as the camera is fixated on two camera operators milling around in the foreground. The worst part of it all is even the memorial retrospectives for Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes fall short and feel thrown together. Truthfully, the worst part is that SOUL MEN was the one of the last films from the incredibly gifted and funny Bernie Mac. 


Want to laugh? Watch MYSTERY MEN instead. 

Source Dimension Home Entertainment/Genius ProductsIMDb

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