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About The Benjamins
New Line // R // August 20, 2002
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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted July 21, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Synopsis:

In the world of the bail bondsman, the man who catches the jumper with the highest price on his head gets the biggest pay check. Bucum (Ice Cube) is a low-rent bail bondsmen chasing even lower-rent bail jumpers all over town. He has dreams of starting his own Private Investigation firm but he's missing the most important element…capital! After bringing in his last assignment, he takes the case of a jumper he's caught three times before. Reggie (Mike Epps) is a fast talking, loud mouth, con-artist and small time opportunist/crook. While running from Bucum, Reggie stumbles into a couple of "higher-end" criminals who have just screwed up a diamond heist worth an estimated $20 million dollars. Once Bucum catches up to Reggie his appetite is whetted by the prospect of a $20 million dollar payday should they get the diamonds before the Miami Police Department. An unlikely alliance is forged and Reggie and Bucum set out to cash in on the biggest pay day of their lives!

Audio/Video

The audio for "All About the Benjamins" has got to be one of the most bottom-heavy soundtracks I've heard. Both the Dolby Digital and DTS encoded soundtracks are very loud and very good. The only difference I heard between the DTS and DD tracks was that the DTS track was louder and cleaner than the DD track. The video is a stunning widescreen transfer that continues to speak volumes about NewLine Cinema's dedication to presenting the best audio and video for their releases. The saturation levels are great and the fleshtones are perfect and there is not one blemish visible in the entirety of the print.

Exrtras:

A very screen specific commentary is provided featuring director Kevin Bray and producer Matt Alvarez. There are a lot of silent moments and overall the track tends to be on the dull side. Featureettes

The first of four featurettes is entitled ""Shot Callers: From Videos to Features". It runs 14 minutes plus and provides a very generous helping of information regarding ecery aspect of filmmaking. It features interviews with the director and his technical crew.

The next featurette is entitled "Strictly Business: Making the Benjamins". This one primarily features behind the scenes shots and sound bytes from the filmmakers. Total time is 12 minutes. Thirdly, we have "Miami Nice: Production Design", a very self-explanatory segment that deals with the production design for the film. Lastly, we have "All About the Stunts", which again is self -explanatory. Both of these segments run 8 minutes apiece. There is one deleted scene and a gag reel that I thought proved to be very funny. Lastly, Trina's (?) Told Y'all video is included. Both the theatrical and teaser trailers are included as well.

Overall:

All About the Benjamins is a seriously funny film that while having many faults does succeed in making you laugh throughout the feature. The price tag is fairly high, however, given the wealth of supplements provided, it's a reasonable MSRP. Recommended.

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