Wayne A. Klein
director Lauren Lazin
with Mutulu Shakur
||3 music videos including
“Bootleg This!”, Malcolm X dinner speech
Dying is great for the music and
film business. After John Lennon was assassinated in 1980,
a whole slew of legal and illegal releases saturated the market.
Tupac Shakur was at the top of his game and at his most popular
when he was murdered. His popularity continues unabated by
death. This documentary on Tupac’s life focuses on the positive
without shying away from the negatives about his character
and the situations he got himself into during his brief career
as a rapper and actor. ---
receives a sharp, vivid transfer and looks terrific. Some of
the footage is a bit grainy looking but that’s due more to the
source than the transfer itself. The high quality 5.1 Surround
mix is used to good advantage here as well. ---
with extras, this DVD features a number of exclusive interviews
that weren’t included in the theatrical release including
one with Mutulu Shankur. We also get to see Tupac’s Malcolm
X dinner speech which, again, is seen only in snippets in
the film. There’s also a deposition about Tupac’s death, music
videos including “Runnin’” and trailers for the film.
Afeni Shakur and the director provide a running commentary that
acts as a nice counter balance to the story we’re told here
particularly later when Tupac’s life began to take a violent
turn with encounters involving The Notorious B.I.G. and others.
interesting documentary “Tupac” suggests there was much more
to this rap artist than his music. His ability to draw on the
violence that surrounded his generation and put his experience
as an African American into his music made him a unique spokesman
for other African American youths.