News: Unreleased Biggie Smalls Footage Revealed In "Notorious" DVD Release
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 9:00AM
The highly-anticipated release of Notorious is set to offer fans a closer look at the rise of Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace through bonus commentary, casting and in-depth interviews in the upcoming DVD.
Along with providing fans with DVD and Blu-Ray formats, the discs will be packed with extensive features.
Collector's Edition copies include: Widescreen theatrical feature film, unrated director's cut, commentary with director George Tillman, co-writers Reggie Bythewood and Cheo Hodari, editor Dirk Westervelt plus producers Wayne Barrow and Voletta Wallace. On a separate included disc, features include a behind the scenes making of, "I Got A Story To Tell: The Lyrics of Biggie Smalls," casting, Biggie Boot Camp, "Party & Bullsh*t (unreleased)", directing the last moments, nine deleted scenes, four extended concerts and more. (Fox Searchlight)
The film chronicles Biggie's rise from rags to riches and will be available nationwide on Tuesday, April 21 in all retail stores.
Following the extraordinary life of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, Notorious follows the young rapper from the tough streets of Brooklyn, New York to the heights of superstardom as he juggles the increasing demands of fatherhood, marriage and a music career. Amid chaos and controversy, Biggie's remarkable talent and fierce determination help to solidify his legacy as one of hip-hop's greatest MCs. The Unrated Director's Cut Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada and $34.98 U.S. / $45.98 Canada, respectively. A single-disc DVD will also be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. (Press Release)
Prior to the film's release, SOHH spoke with Notorious star Jamal "Gravy" Woolard about filling in the shoes of the late rapper.
"I was at 285 [pounds]," Woolard explained. "I went up to 340. I didn't have a second chin. I needed that...Mannerisms, behavior, vocal training, knowing which hand he used to talk, the head rolls the rub of the nose, the breathing patterns...The walk, the wobble the way his feet pointed out...The chin, keeping the chin high so the eyes look closed, always screwing up your face, never having a solid face." (SOHH)
Upon its release last January, the film debuted at No. 4 with more than $20 million in box office sales.
Notorious, a biopic of slain rap artist Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., grossed an estimated $21.5 million from 1,638 theaters to post the best per-location average -- $13,126 -- of the weekend. Film was distributed by Fox but produced and marketed by Fox Searchlight. Its opening is the biggest ever for the specialty unit. (Variety)