- Actors: Shawn Wayans, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Marlon Wayans, Vivian Smallwood, Chris Spencer
- Directors: Paris Barclay
- Producers: Eric L. Gold, Keenen Ivory Wayans
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 17 April 2011
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004UGAM80
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood [DVD]
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Spoof comedy which pokes fun at the gritty 'reality check' films of the 1990s, such as 'Boyz N The Hood', 'Menace II Society' and 'New Jack City'. When Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father (who appears to be the same age he is) and grandmother (who likes to talk tough and smoke reefer), he falls in with his gang-banging cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans), who along with the requisite pistols and Uzi carries a thermo-nuclear warhead for self-defence. Will Ashtray keep living the straight life or will he join up with Loc Dog's gangsta homeboys? And is his romance with self-styled poet Dashiki (Tracey Cherelle Jones) going to go anywhere?
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If you like films like Menace II Society, Friday, How High etc, you're going to love this. It basically takes the mickey out of them. Two friends living in the ghetto of South Central LA are just trying to survive. Of course one of them wants to be clever and get out, with the other one, with a crazy haircut (Kid N Play anyone?) just wants to get his drink on amongst other things.
This is good natured fun, taking the seriousness out of those films which are some times very dark. It's like Scream for the hood generation, with plenty of rap music from Wu Tang and some R&B from R Kelly. Both brothers Marlon and Shawn are really funny, and I like the way they're taking a light hearted look at the way cinema likes to portray people living in places like Compton and South Central LA.
This Blu is not bad, running at a steady 20MBit/s AVC with a 4Mbit/s 5.1 Dolby soundtrack. The colours are good and bright - as a lot of this is filmed outdoors. I really didn't see much need for this upscaling of Don't Be A Menace, as it's mainly a cult film, but it is worth a look. There's an extra with the director who talks about writing the film and working with the Wayans', but really it wasn't exciting and I could have done without it. There's also a deleted scene. Again, the work on the film from Studio Canal is great, but really this wasn't really needing a BD release.
Only for cult fans really, worth a watch if you've never seen it, but DVD will suffice.
However the DVD itself is jumpy and freezes in parts, not providing the greatest viewing experience (note: I have no issues with any other DVDs in my fairly large collection). As it was only a cheap film and impluse purchase, not making further effort to return the DVD.