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'The Best Man' Coming To Blu-Ray DVD Nov. 5th (... And I'm Still Waiting For An Answer)

by Sergio
August 23, 2013 9:00 AM
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As I’ve said before, I still don’t get, it but there it is...

I still don’t get why people like The Best Man so much. I swear I don’t even remember a single bloody thing about that film. And I’ve had absolutely no desire to even watch the film again, since it first came out. But somehow people really love it to death.

But then there are films I love that no one likes, and it all balances out.

But if you’re interested in seeing the film as good as it’s ever looked, Universal Home Entertainment announced yesterday that they will be releasing The Best Man for the first time on blu-ray DVD on November 5th.

The extras included are pretty lame. Just a theatrical trailer and some featurette: Spotlight on Location, which is most likely a short promo reel made back when the film was in production.

Since Universal is, of course, releasing the blu-ray to capitalize on the upcoming sequel, The Best Man Holiday, coming out this November, you would have thought that, at least, they would have taken advantage and added more extras, including commentaries with the director and cast, and a Looking Back documentary, but nope. Unfortunately this blu-ray release is more of a quick cash grab.

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  • Junie | August 26, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    You wildin. The Best Man was great.

    Are you upset with the premise? It's fiction. GREAT cast and the sequel is going to be great too.

  • Rocket | August 23, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    Misogyny? If this film (and the previous one) should be avoided due to misogyny then Sergio, Tambay, and company may as well shut this site down. Because its the "ologies" and "isms" that make most of the content we like interesting.

  • Smartacles | August 23, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    What's not to like? Seeing good looking brown faces on film is a win. Seeing black people fall in love and creating multidimensional African American people on film is good for everyone. You sellouts go see terrible movies all the time with white folk in them and you probably have very little to say.

  • monique a williams | August 23, 2013 2:45 PMReply

    I saw this in high school, loved the portrayal of beautiful and successful Black people navigating their way thru love. It really isn't deeper than that, except that it was gratifying to see a film about Black people that wasn't centered on them being Black and the "struggle."

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 23, 2013 2:17 PMReply

    'The Best Man' was just another one of those "black romance films" that proliferated the theaters during then. 'Love Jones', 'Love & Basketball', Brown Sugar' to a degree 'Soul Food' and 'Waiting to Exhale'. Most of them starring or featuring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Latham, Nia Long and or Terence Howard.

    Before Tyler Perry THESE were the films black couples went to see.

  • CareyCarey | August 23, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Geeez, what's that putrid smell in here!? Oh wait, that's the unmistakable odor of moldy feigned ignorance.

    Come on y'all, if I had a couple of Psychologist on my friends list I'd give them a call. I'd ask them why some folks pretend as if they don't know the meanings of the words "Chick Flicks" and "Haters"?

    Heck, I thought it was a no-brainer, anyone who raves about films such as Scandals and The Best Man gotta be a chick or a gay guy. I mean, who doesn't know that? And, if a person is complaining about too much "misogyny" in a film, that person is a chick or a gay guy. I mean, what's so hard to understand?

    And please, I know some folk's panties get in a bunch when they're called a hater, but who doesn't know the true meaning of "a hater". Come on now, if a person rags on Spike Lee and Tyler Perry, out of both sides of their neck, while championing Shonda Chimes and Issa Ray Ray, that person is a do or die hater. Hell, haters know their breath stinks, but they'll be the first to feign ignorance... "Goddamn, what's that smell, did someone just fart?". NO... you're a hater, booty breath.

    Anyway, while watching the preview for The Best Man Holiday, my lady squealed with joy... "OH SHIT, I gotta see that!". I told her she'd better call Tyrone or my sister because I wasn't accompanying her to see that mess.

  • Donella | August 23, 2013 12:50 PMReply

    I suffered Taye Diggs and tolerated Terrance Howard for the reward of Morris Chestnut.

  • Monique A williams | August 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    Honestly. This is it right here.

  • Jennifer | August 23, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    I tried to enjoy this film, but the misogyny was too much for me. Though I think pretty much most commercial films of the last 30 years dealing with male/female romantic relationships, black or white, are awful in this way. Not sure how this qualifies as a "chick flick" but I'd be interested in reading your description Sergio for what makes it one. I guess I understand that women would want to watch this because the leads are sex symbols, but when their characters have so much contempt for women I'm not sure I see the appeal?

  • Onaje | August 23, 2013 11:31 AMReply

    I am a man and I love the film...Don't know what "Chick Flick" has to do with this film when the film centered more on the male characters juggling the task and temperaments needed to function in their relationships. I think you may have missed the point, but to each his own. I found the film to also feature some very lovely ladies. It was funny, had the right amount of drama to keep your attention, but not annoy your sensibilities as a man. I'm not sure about the sequel, but why this film would get denigrated for its successes is beyond me.

    The story was pretty well laid out and executed. Again it was called "The Best Man", the title song was called "The Best Man" lol...but it is a chick flick? False manhood shouldn't dictate taste. This was not 27 Dresses or a Princess was cool to see Black men be successful in their lives (in a realistic way), but struggle with their relationships (as many of us do), but have the best intentions in trying to...get the best men they could be LoL. Not only was Diggs character just the Best Man that the story centered around...but EACH MAN actually was struggling to be better men. But you are the expert critic I guess Sergio...good luck with that.

  • Carl | August 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    Yeah Sergio is wrong because he does not agree with your opinion of the movie. You need to wish him luck like he did something wrong? By what? Not feeling the same about the film as you? Film is subjective asshole. Grow up.

  • Reginald | August 23, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    I like it because it was a very good romantic comedy with black leads. I loved the story and the characters. It depends, do you want to see more "The Best Man" type movies or more "Madea's Witness Protection" type movies?

  • Onaje | August 23, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    No Extras...No Thank you...pointless to own physical media at this point if there are no real bonuses in materials for fans

  • No | August 23, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    Let me get this, Sergio. You're a critic on a black oriented blog on film critical website, and you don't understand why audiences may like a film that you don't care for?

    I suspect that the females like the film -- which I never saw -- due to the two men who are in the above photo, Taye Diggs and Terence Howard.

    After all, this film would be classified as standard Hollywood escapism or romanticism, and yet you don't understand the possible psychological or emotional underpinning this film would have to an audience?


  • Jen Jen | August 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    It's a chick flick, plain and simple with attractive leads (Morris Freaking Chestnut, y'all!), Nia Long, and pretty clothes. Plus, they do the electric slide at the end. 'Nuff said. I loved this movie when it came out and even bought the DVD. Watching it now it's really hard to reconcile the misogyny that appears in the story between Morris and Taye's characters. At the time, it didn't matter to 19 year old me. Plenty of chick flicks have the same issues. Let's also remember this was the late 90s. Taye and his proclivities were not yet well-known; Terrence's business was not yet out in the streets. It was a simpler time when our all-black escapism fare didn't always include a black man in drag.

  • sergio | August 23, 2013 11:04 AM

    P.S. to No

    "...yet you don't understand the possible psychological or emotional underpinning this film would have to an audience?"

    Yes I do understand films that have that sort of connection. For me it's called porn :)

  • sergio | August 23, 2013 11:00 AM

    But besides the two you name Diggs and Howard have some serious issues. Howard has a long history of arrests for domestic abuse charges. Can't keep his fists off women, even strangers. The Daily Beast just earlier this week had a piece about his quite long arrest record. And Diggs has gone on record in interviews stating how he always had "problems" with black women. And yet they're always putting them in black rom-coms. Hey, how about using a actor who actually likes black women in one for a change?

    Also let me add that The Best man is basically a "chick flick" as opposed to a romantic love film. I intend to get into the difference in a piece regarding another film next week

  • BluTopaz | August 23, 2013 10:25 AM

    I'm a chick and don't get the appeal of this movie either. Taye and Baby Wipes Howard are two of the last people I would watch for romantic escapism. Booty Call (funny as HELL) has more significance for me than the The Best Man. But I'm guessing the appeal to its fans is what it represented back in the 90's: middle class lives, young Black professionals finding their way, etc.

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