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Dave Chapelle’s Block Party (R2) in October

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Dave Chapelle’s Block Party for 2nd October 2006 priced at £19.99. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is a documentary that spotlights comedy star Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The combination of comedy and music was shot on location and in addition to Dave Chappelle performing all-new material, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and – reunited for their first performance in over seven years – the Fugees.

Michel Gondry and his regular cinematographer Ellen Kuras capture all of the exclusive performances and crowd excitement on an unforgettable Saturday afternoon and night, as well as (earlier in the week) private rehearsal footage and Dave Chappelle in the small Ohio town he calls home. In Ohio, Dave Chappelle wandered through town handing out golden tickets to invite several dozen citizens to join the party, providing transportation and lodging for their first-time-ever visit to Brooklyn. Ohio’s Central State University marching band made the trip and helped kick off the festivities at the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets. As a diverse crowd comes together, Dave Chappelle’s freestyle wit guides them (and us) through a day-long, life-affirming celebration of music and comedy, history and community.

This DVD exclusively features extended footage of the party not seen in cinemas.

View a featurette here (Quicktime format).

Features include:

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • September in Brooklyn Making of documentary
  • Ohio Players: The Bus Ride documentary
  • Extended Concert Footage and Musical Acts

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