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Aspiring to spoof rap music in the same “mockumentary” style done for
hard rock in “THIS IS SPINAL TAP” “FEAR OF A BLACK HAT” has its share of funny
moments, and some of them are very funny. However, it’s never consistently
witty, and most of the setups are predictable, causing the film to waiver in
terms of its overall quality.
Kasi Lemmons does sort of a Rob Reiner part, following a rap group, “NIGGAS WITH
HATS” or “N.W.H.” The group desires to have a tough attitude, but the “big”
joke, lies in the fact that these guys are anything but tough. It may be
amusing, but it’s nothing groundbreaking.
There are plenty of “inside” jokes, which viewers more knowledgeable of the rap
industry than this viewer is, will enjoy.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and it’s
generally solid. There is some grain, but the image is more detailed than on its
previous laserdisc release. Fleshtones appear natural.
The Dolby 2.0 Surround mix is fine, with surrounds used mostly to enhance the
soundtrack, which is decent. This release comes with plenty of extras,
including deleted scenes, interviews and music videos. Any fan of the film will
love this presentation.