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A Raisin In The Sun (2008/Telefilm/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Telefilm: C



The third time is not the charm of the latest adaptation of Loraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, a 2008 production that oddly co-casts rapper Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad in this long and trying version of the classic about an African American family in the 1950s who inherits life insurance money, but does not know how to best use it.


The acting is decent, but this never feels like the 1950s, the directing by Kenny Leon and teleplay by Paris Qualles is as uneven as the lead casting.  Sanaa Lathan, Bill Nunn, Audra McDonald and even John Stamos make for an interesting cast for sure, but this just never feels real, natural or has a good flow to it.  All obviously intended to do right by the material, but it is an overall disappointment.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft, color is dull even if they are trying to be nostalgic and has some motion blur.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix tries to boost the TV audio, but between that and the fact that this is not a loud time or place, surrounds are limited.  Extras include audio commentary by Leon and a making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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