He may not have won the Academy Award but audiences and DVD buyers still seem to love Eddie Murphy.
This release will be on Standard, HD and Blu-ray DVD.
"My name is Norbit Albert Rice, and I was an orphan..." Thus begins the story of Norbit (Eddie Murphy), who was brought up by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy) at the Golden Wonton Restaurant and Orphanage. There, Norbit met his true soulmate, the lovely Kate (Thandie Newton). The two became inseparable - that is, until Kate was adopted and left Norbit to begin her new life.
One day, the lonely and easily intimidated nine-year-old Norbit is rescued on the school playground from the taunts of three bullies by hefty Rasputia (Eddie Murphy), age ten, who wields a mean right hook. As Norbit and Rasputia grow up, they marry and Norbit becomes part of her family.
In Norbit, the King of Comedy is at it again. Eddie Murphy is Norbit. Eddie Murphy is Rasputia. Eddie Murphy is Mr. Wong. Murphy uses his extraordinary talents to bring these diverse and unforgettable characters to life in this boisterous, ribald comedy.
Dysfunctional at best, Rasputia and her three brothers - Big Jack (Terry Crews), Earl (Clifton Powell) and Blue (Lester "Rasta " Speight) - run the Latimore Construction Company, an outpost from which the brothers try to run the town of Boiling Springs, Tennessee. They spend most of their time running the good, hard-working people ragged, badgering, them and extorting money from them.
An employee of the construction company, the meek and downtrodden Norbit is treated with disdain by his brutish brothers-in-law and even more contemptuously by his wife. The ravenous Rasputia often sends him to the local Rib Shak - owned by ex-pimps Pope Sweet Jesus (Eddie Griffin) and Lord Have Mercy (Katt Williams) to pick up her supersized dinner.
Such is Norbit's lot, until his world undergoes a dramatic change when the grown-up and beautiful Kate returns to Boiling Springs. Kate has come back to buy the orphanage from the retiring Mr. Wong. But she is being bamboozled. Her seemingly adoring fiancé, Deion (Cuba Gooding, Jr. ) turns out to be a phony. He is secretly in cahoots with the conniving Latimores. They are planning to turn the orphanage into a strip club - The Nipplopolis.
But steadfast Norbit sees through their façades with a dawning realization that all is not right in Boiling Springs and in the Norbit household. With the reawakening of his feelings for Kate, Norbit gains a newfound assertiveness, rejecting the role of downtrodden, exploited milquetoast in favor of the crusading hero who knows how to dress sharp, please the ladies and ride a bike.
Will he finally stand up to the Latimores and save his true love from marrying the wrong guy? Will the mild-mannered mouse find his inner lion and set things right in Boiling Springs? And will he ever lose the yoke of servility imposed by the overwhelming, overpowering and overeating Rasputia? Therein lies a tale that can only be told by a masterful storyteller.
- 14 Deleted Scenes
- "The Making of Norbit" Featurette
- "Man of a 1,000 Faces" Featurette
- "Power Tap" Featurette
- "The Stunts of Norbit" Featurette
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic and Widescreen
- Audio: Dolby 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 Tracks
The Standard Norbit DVD will sell for $29.99. The HD and Blu-ray DVD versions will sell for $39.99 each.