WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Menace II Society

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett, Larenz Tate, Bill Duke, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles S. Dutton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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Features material deleted from the theatrical release plus two scenes dropped in the final cut. Co-directors Allen and Albert Hughes discuss the film’s production in front of and behind the camera as a running commentary plus there is a video interview about their filmmaking. There are also two music videos directed by the Hughes brothers and excerpts from Albert Hughes’ student film, The Drive By, plus much more.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1371L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $69.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 01/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): The Hughes Brothers
(Screenplay/Written By): Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes & Tyger Williams
(Story): NA
(Music): QDII
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Penny Barrett
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Sylvia Vega-Vasquez
(Editor): Christopher Koefoed
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Kevin Moreton
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Darin Scott

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This powerful and assured directing debut by the Hughes brothers, 20-year-old twins Allen and Albert, all too vividly depicts the American gangster culture set in the Watts district of South Central Los Angeles. Its bitter truth is that America is producing a problematic generation of “at risk” youth. To the young men in the film, circumstance is everything. Through a series of vignettes, life in the hood is examined... complex, feared, frustrating, without direction or reason and then suddenly, vicious.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer is impeccable, if not the finest, ever produced. It traumatizes one with the film’s dazzling art direction and look. The photography is rich, the images carefully composed and the camera movement ferally kinetic, music-video style. Precisely framed at 1.85:1 from a pristine 35mm intermediate positive, it is stunning in its color fidelity and balance and blacks and shadow detail. It is without a trace of artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack, dubbed from the 24-track digital master, is magnificent with an aggressive enveloping surround and powerful bass extension down to 25 Hz!
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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