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New Jack City [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Wesley Snipes , Ice-T , Mario Van Peebles    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles
  • Directors: Mario Van Peebles
  • Writers: Barry Michael Cooper, Thomas Lee Wright
  • Producers: Doug McHenry, Dwight Williams, Fab 5 Freddy, George Jackson, James Bigwood
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UZGR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,351 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Some pundits called it a flawed, exploitative action film that glamorised drug dealing and the luxury of a lucrative criminal lifestyle, spawning a trend of films that attracted youth gangs and provoked violence in cinemas. Others hailed it as a breakthrough movie that depicted drug dealers as ruthless, corrupt, and evil, leading dead-end lives that no rational youth would want to emulate. However you interpret it, New Jack City is still one of the first and best films of the 1990s to crack open the underworld of cocaine and peer inside with its eyes wide open. It's also the film that established Wesley Snipes as an actor to watch, with enough charisma to bring an insidious quality of seduction to his role as coke-lord Nino Brown, and enough intelligence to portray a character deluded by his own sense of indestructible power. Director Mario Van Peebles stretched his otherwise-limited talent to bring vivid authenticity and urgency to this crime story, and subplots involving a pair of tenacious cops (Ice-T, Judd Nelson) and a recovering coke addict (Chris Rock) provide additional dramatic tension. Although some critics may hesitate to admit it, New Jack City deserves mention in any serious discussion about African American filmmakers and influential films. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Jack Drug-goons 29 April 2009
I grew up on a staple of spaghetti westerns (Terence Hill), kung-fu (Bruce Lee & Jacky Chan) and action (Bruce Willis) flicks but as a young black man growing up in Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe I did not identify myself with any ONE genre. Kine 1000 was a typical urban cinema goer's paradise.
Enter Wesley Snipes in 1991's New Jack City and my whole world changed. Here was a despicable villain, vicious, arrogant and totally self-serving an individual as you ever will see, yet he was charming ang very likeable at the same time. I identified with him, I hated his politics (so to speak) but in the same breath I knew a 1000 like him who corrupted nations and enriched themselves while so doing. The movie was set in America but it could have been enacted in any urban city in the world.
Happening, relevant and totally and brutally believable! Snipes is excellent, Allen Payne, Ice T, Judd Nelson & Chris Rock not far behind this movie set the the tone for all drug related movies to follow. Brilliant movie, brilliant acting, this film turned me off drugs for life!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it 3 times or more 30 Aug 2006
I have to say I thought this film was very bad when I first watched it, but I have seen it probably 10 times now in total and I think it deserves a good rating. Yes there are flaws in the acting and stereotyping and with the plot, but thats not the reason I like the film so much. New Jack City is set to such a specific time in the early 90's that it just has a such an appeal, it seems so out of date that the style is retro. The film is over the top in most ways you can imagine but again that makes it enjoyable and entertaining to watch. If you like films such as Boyz in the Hood and Menance II Society you will definately like this film. It remains a film that is very time specific, with a real inner city feel that you don't see in a lot of gangster films. A great soundtrack and one that is worth watching numerous times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life like experience 30 Oct 2005
New Jack City is an out of this world film. It brings you to the life of crack cocaine in 1980's New York. Wesley Snipes plays one of his best roles as Nino Brown, an notorious crime lord who turns to the biggest drug lord in New York. But you can't have a baddie without a goodie, well make that two. Ice T and Judd Nelson play reject 'New Jack' cops Scottie Appleton and Nick Peretty who won't stop at nothing until they bring down the prize, Nino Brown. Throughout this film you see the highs and lows of New York City and how much crack is destroying the city. And believe me, if your a Wesley Snipes fan, you'll love this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Idolator! Your soul is required in hell! 12 Mar 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
New Jack City is directed by Mario Van Peebles (who also co-stars) and written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper. It stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Bill Nunn, Bill Cobbs and Michael Michele. Music is by Vassal Benford and Michael Colombier and cinematography by Francis Kenny.

New York City, 1986 and crack cocaine is the drug of choice and Nino Brown (Snipes) and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, are building a violent empire and cornering the market. Enter streetwise cop Scotty Appleton (Ice-T) and loose cannon Nick Peretti (Nelson), who form an uneasy partnership willing to push the law's boundaries to bring Nino down...

The Black Scarface!

On narrative terms it's basically an urban modernisation of the Scarface story, the themes at work were nothing new back then, never mind in cinema post 1991. That it is predominantly an African American film caused many at the time to call it a Blaxploitation picture for the 90s set, which is unfair, because it has more on offer than that and doesn't shy away from the dramatics available with such a story. True, it isn't pulling up any trees or breaking new ground in the drug/crime order of cinema, but it's incendiary enough to be thrilling whilst never romanticising the lifestyle of the drug gang. It paints a stark world of a drug infested city populated by colourful gang members, hapless addicts and edgy coppers, all sound tracked by pulse pounding hip-hop beats.

This was Van Peebles' first big screen directing outing and it's a hugely impressive debut. So much so it begs the question on why his subsequent directing career has been something of a none event. Here he delves deep into the realm of neo-noir to provide the picture with many visual smarts and techniques.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Drugs ain't a black thing, or a white thing. It's a death thing. Death don't give a s*** about color."-Nick Perrti

I first saw this in 1993 and was totally blown away by the directing, cinematography, script and acting and so I was really looking forward to seeing it again after an absence of almost thirteen years. But after seeing this a second time, I could scarcely believe I was watching a film I had remembered very well. In 1994 I would have given this film 5 out of 5 but instead I've given it a 4 due to its frail ending.

New Jack City (1991) is an interesting movie that aims to please. This film marks the first time Mario Van Peebles directed a theatrical released film (that his father helped co-write) and he co-stars in the film as well. The movie follows a small time hood Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) who builds up a vast criminal empire by flooding the streets with crack cocaine. Ice-T and Judd Nelson co-stars as well as two unorthodox cops who want to lock up Nino Brown. Allen Payne (Gee Money) and Mario van Peebles himself (Stone) has also giving some approved performances in here.

The acting is not the strongest part of this film but to me, three men made this film worthy of attention which is Wesley, Ice-T, and Rock. Chris Rock is unforgettable in this movie and he shines in his role as the "crack-head" Pookie. He has so many one-liners that are hysterical funny. The real winner is truly Wesley Snipes, who plays a role we don't usually identify with him, and does so with considerable spirit. He is utterly believable; the scene where he describes first killing someone while high on drugs scared the crap out of me - this is not someone I want as a friend! - Which happens to be a central theme of this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Another good buy that will be looked back on in the future when they run out of idea's down the line.
Published 4 months ago by Glen Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong DVD in the case
I wanted new jack city and got anchorman in its case.i would not mind so much but I can't stand will ferrel or any film that the mug is in. Read more
Published 5 months ago by barrie pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars very good viewing
v.good growing up this film showed a different side to drug use and does it very carefully with a host of artist and stars.
Published 10 months ago by E. L. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars New Jack City DVD
This is an 'old skool' hip hop movie with a good sound track. However the film it self is average, with a few notable actors such as a young Chris Rock playing reformed drug user... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. F. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic 90's film
Real insight into how drugs can devastate lives most compelling well acted by all actors, just a great watch would recomend!
Published 14 months ago by Paappeal
4.0 out of 5 stars New Jack City dvd
Service great but unfortunately we didn't realise this was in German so are having to return this. It wasn't clear when searching for this item that this was in German.
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright
It's an alright movie. Good acting and storyline but not enough action for the type of movie it is. .
Published 15 months ago by Anas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wesley Snipes is the original (American Gangster)
Where survival depends on friends, trust and power... An organized crime family out to run this city is up against cops who knows its streets. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. F. husseiny
5.0 out of 5 stars new jack city
new jack city is an amazing film from wesley snipes . great movie definately worth watching will have you glued to the television all the way through
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by blake
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million every week. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Jay
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