DVD REVIEW: Dave Chappelle's Block Party

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Dave Chappelle is a funny man, and his Block Party has some good laughs. But this movie is mostly about a free, all-day concert he organized in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, featuring some big names in hip-hop. Erykah Badu, Kanye West, and Mos Def all turn in spirited performances, as do the reunited Fugees. Director Michel Gondry keeps things moving at a lively pace, and you get to choose between expurgated or extended versions of the music performances - a nice touch.

The disc looks fine, with crisp colors, no smearing or digital artifacts, and plenty of image detail that doesn't wash out under the stage lights. The 5.1-channel soundtrack has lots of pulsating low bass and a nice sense of air around the performers and their instruments. Other than the extended songs, extras are limited to a fun making-of featurette (with Chappelle in fine form) and an affectionate homage to his Ohio hometown. [NR] English, Dolby Digital 5.1; letterboxed (1.78:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.

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