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Running Time:
110 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong language and images of drugs, violence and sex

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A completely fascinating documentary

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by Tupac's mom, Afeni Shakur, director Lauren Lazin, and surprise guests; Four deleted scenes; Exclusive interviews; Malcolm X dinner speech; Deposition; About the Resurrection soundtrack; Music videos; "Remembering Tupac"; Mutulu Shakur interview; Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts; Trailers; Bootleg this!; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; English subtitles.

Tupac: Resurrection
Before his still unsolved 1996 murder at the young age of 25, rap music recording artist/actor Tupac Shakur was a leading pop culture figure in the first half of the 1990s. Even after death, his legend has continued to grow, thanks mainly to six posthumously released, albums. Lauren Lazin's documentary is a comprehensive and touching portrait of an artist who was just beginning to understand who he really was. Executive produced by Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, a former member of the Black Panthers, this is an honest and loving depiction of a person whose two sides were constantly at war with each other. Masterfully edited using sound bites from his many interviews, the documentary is narrated completely in his own words, making it a very subjective film, but one that doesn't shy away from the ugly parts of his stormy life. Tupac's youth wasn't marked by the hardships he would later sing about. Instead, he went to the Baltimore School for the Arts as a teenager, where he was one of the few students from a lower income family. He then moved with his mother to Marin City, California, where he got his big break as a dancer and rapper for the then-popular hip hop group Digital Underground. He soon become a solo artist, and his gritty lyrics about life on the streets quickly began to mirror his reality. Being a victim of police harassment and brutality was never an issue until he began to sing about it, and his sudden fame predictably, brought with it a wealth of complexities. There was a run-in with The Hughes Brothers over his firing from a film he was making with them, that sent him to jail for 15 days on assault charges. Next came sexual assault charges, brought against him by a fan in New York. That landed him in jail for 11 months. The he survived a shooting, but that widened the rift between him and the east coast rappers, Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy, who he claimed were at the scene of that crime, but refused to offer him help in the aftermath of the violence. Finally in September of 1996, shortly after he and Suge Knight, the head of his record label, were involved in an altercation at a casino, he was killed in a drive by shooting. Lauren Lazin's excellent documentary is solely concerned with exploring the man, and does not attempt to solve the mystery of his death. The interview footage, mostly conducted with MTV personalities, illustrates the introspective and candid nature of Tupac, clearly a gifted musical performer as well as an actor. This is a warm, inviting film about a subject whose life was anything but.

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