Plot: What’s it about?
An urban legend seems to have to life within the projects, as hip hop artists of all types have been attacked by Da Hip Hop Witch. Da Witch takes many forms and seems to appear as a different being to all those who see her, while the outcome is always the same with the hip hop artists left in a fear filled state. Whether Da Witch goes after Vanilla Ice or even Killah Priest, it seems like no one is safe from her wrath and no end is in sight. In an effort to end this reign of terror, a record promoter The Street Don offers up a ten million dollar reward to whoever can capture this creature and close the case. While the reward makes the case go into the public eye and as the artists are attacked they talk to the television cameras, but the attacks seem to increase in frequency nonetheless. Vitamin C, Mobb Deep, even Eminem all end up on the wrong end of a visit from Da Witch and whatever it takes to end this, no one seems to know. As the artists are attacked and go public about it, their record sales increase by leaps and bounds and this raises some eyebrows about whether or not this urban legend is just a scam to sell more records.
After the success of The Blair Witch Project, several spoofs emerged and most of them were dull and not worth the time to check out. But a few of them turned out to be entertaining and while this one came very late in the game, Da Hip Hop Witch delivers fantastic comedy and outlandish antics. Armed with hand held cameras and wild, wacky cast of characters, director Dale Resteghini conjured up a low budget comedy that is more than worth a look. The acting is bad, the storyline weak, and the production values low, but none of that matters since it rocks from start to finish. Since several other hip hop/rapper movies have been released of late and most of them sucked ass, I was worried this would be another stinker but I had nothing to worry about at all. The musicians appear in cameos as themselves, which causes many laughs and also makes sure their acting doesn’t call for much range. I’m sure fans of the hip hop music and the artists will be most interested, but I am not a fan and I found this to be very entertaining. I recommend this release as a rental to those interested, but if you like this one you’ll watch to purchase this disc, so you can follow the witch time and time again.
This hilarious hip hop adventure was written and directed by Dale Resteghini, who is a young filmmaker who seems to have a very bright future ahead. Resteghini doesn’t have much experience behind the camera, but it is obvious he has a flair for the business. This is a very low budget picture that doesn’t use much technical grace, but it is a very entertaining and unique offering. The storyline is very simple to be sure, but the dialogue is hilarious and fits the characters to perfection. You’d be hard pressed to find funnier lines in any other movie of this low profile. While I am sure some will dismiss this as poor imitation, I think it is a terrific send up and loaded with humor from top to bottom. Resteghini also directed Colorz Of Rage, which will soon be given a release on this wonderful format. The acting cast includes Amy Dorris (Any Given Sunday), Steve Grillo (Private Parts), model Mia Tyler, Stacii Jae Johnson (How To Be A Player, A Thin Line Between Love And Hate), David Scott Klein (Colorz Of Rage), and model Beverly Peele. The plethora of hilarious hip hop artists who appear includes Eminem, Charli Baltimore, Ja Rule, Killah Priest, The Outsidaz, the luscious Vitamin C, and the immortal Vanilla Ice among many others.
Video: How does it look?
Da Hip Hop Witch is presented in a full frame transfer, which retains the original aspect ratio of the film. This seems to have been shot using hand held cameras, so while the image isn’t as sharp as a major motion picture it looks good enough. When it comes to hand held footage, it just doesn’t get much better than this. The quality varies because of different equipment used, but overall there isn’t much to complain about. Most of the movie is in color, but some black & white scenes are present also. The colors look bright and bold, with no bleeds or smears and flesh tones seem natural and sharp. The contrast varies because of the equipment used, but you never miss details and shadow layers look accurate. The compression is well done also, as I noticed no serious artifacts in this transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release uses a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and given the hip hop soundtrack, it’s a good thing. The music uses the surrounds a lot and of course the bass kicks heavy and often. The music usually serves as a backdrop to the on screen action though, so it doesn’t always pack the punch you might expect. This is a dialogue driven film for the most part and the vocals come through with no errors at all. The volume is steady and proper at all times, so you never have to fiddle with the remote to listen.
Supplements: What are the extras?
You’ll find a wealth of trailers for other Unapix releases, but also some terrific bonus materials specific to this film. You’ll find extended sequences with several artists as they reveal the details about the attacks. Extended scenes with Vitamin C, Eminem, Hell Razah, Vanilla Ice, Dyme, Spliff Star, Killah Priest, Mobb Deep, and Rah Digga. An audio commentary is also included which features director Dale Resteghini, who is sometimes joined by an executive producer as well. This is a very interesting track which covers every aspect of the film, those interested in low budget movie making will want to give this one a spin for sure.