WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Donít Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Helen Martin.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 8099 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 11/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Paris Barclay
(Screenplay/Written By): Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans & Phil Beauman
(Story): NA
(Music): John Barnes
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Aaron Osborne
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Valari Adams
(Editor): William Young & Marshall Harvey
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dave Eichhorn
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mark Burg, Dan Genetti Shawn Wayans & Marlon Wayans
(Co-Producers): Carrie Morrow
(Producers): Keenan Ivory Wayans & Eric L. Gold

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 Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the creators of TVís ďIn Living ColorĒ comes Donít Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood, a satirical off-beat look at kids growing up in the inner city. From beer-stocked block parties, teen mothers of seven and breakdancing to beeper-toting grandmas and cops playing a violent video game called ďRodneyís Ride,Ē there are plenty of laughs in this colorful neighborhood.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1, exhibiting vivid colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks, although color fidelity is a bit washed out in exterior scenes. Shadow detail is good, as is sharpness. Only the slightest noise is apparent in some scenes while there are no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a rap/hip-hop music score that is well integrated and deep bass energized below 25Hz. The dialogue is wanting in natural presence, often sounding muffled. Surround envelopment is provided by the music score which projects an aggressive presence.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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