Sanaa Lathan is a music journalist, and Taye Diggs is a hip-hop star. They’ve been friendssince childhood, but not a romantic couple. Diggs is about to get married to someone else, whichcauses Lathan to reconsider her feelings. The naturalism of the performances and the importanceof the setting make this a refreshing break from too many cookie-cutter romances.
The environmental effects aren’t bad, with decent use of sound effects. The music, how…ver,is (as might be expected) far more prominent. The sound quality is very good, and the dialogueis never drowned out.
The picture comes in both fullscreen and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen formats (on oppositesides of the DVD). The colours and contrasts are very strong, the flesh tones natural, and theblacks very deep. A fine transfer.
Rather than go dual-layered, the disc is single-layered with the features split over two sides,which is rather annoying. The commentary, by director Rick Mamuyiwa and editor DirkWestervelt, is on both sides, and covers many technical and background details, as well as thewhys and wherefores of the artistic decisions. The widescreen side also features 4 deleted scenes(with optional commentary by the same duo) and the trailer for Antwone Fisher. The fullscreenside has 2 videos, the Brown Sugar trailer, and an ad for the soundtrack. The menu’s main pageand intro are animated and scored.
Something a little bit different, even if we know how romance plots play out, but the careinvolved is apparent.
Special Features List
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
- 2 Music Videos
- Theatrical Trailers