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New Jack City/Menace II Society [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Commentary by director/costar Mario Van Peebles
  • Commentary by the Hughes Brothers, costars Larenz Tate and Ryan Williams, producer Darin Scott and screenwriter Tyger Williams
  • Gangsta Vision: making Menace II Society
  • Hughes Brothers interview
  • Menace II Society Director's Cut:
  • New Jack City:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

New Jack City
The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama. While the film's heroes are Scotty (Ice-T) and Nick (Judd Nelson), a pair of tough, streetwise cops, the main focus is their target, drug lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). A criminal businessman with no room for pity or emotion, the flashy but severe Brown has built an empire and transformed an abandoned Harlem apartment building into a well-defended fortress. He begins to consider himself invincible, but his lust for power and the unpredictable actions of a former client turned police informer threaten to bring about his potential downfall. First-time director Mario Van Peebles keeps the traditional plot moving at an appropriately rapid pace, with stylish action sequences and energetic performances. The film's violence was somewhat controversial on its initial release, especially after shooting incidents marred showings in several theaters. However, the film's moral message is clearly anti-drug and anti-crime, its main intent to provide a high-powered, modern take on the gangster movie. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Menace II Society
This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential Boyz N the Hood. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, the film is narrated by 18-year-old Caine (Tyrin Turner), a drug dealer and car thief who lives with his religious grandparents. After graduating from high school, Caine shows no ambition beyond hanging out with his friends, so his grandparents kick him out. Among his other troubles are his best friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), a vicious thug hunted by the police, and the friends and family of the girl Caine got pregnant and then turned his back on. Perhaps the lone positive influence in his sphere is Ronnie (Jada Pinkett), a single parent struggling to raise her young son without the boy falling prey to the 'hood mentality. When their friendship becomes a love affair, Ronnie tries desperately to convince Caine to move with her to Atlanta; soon afterward, he is shot and nearly dies. After recovering, he accepts Ronnie's offer, but tragedy strikes as they pack their van in preparation to leave. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wesley Snipes
    Wesley Snipes - Nino Brown
  • Ice-T
    Ice-T - Scotty Appleton
  • Mario Van Peebles
    Mario Van Peebles
  • Allen Payne
    Allen Payne - Gee Money
  • Judd Nelson
    Judd Nelson - Officer Nick Peretti
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