Menace II Society

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  • The place is Watts, but it could be any urban area blighted by guns and poverty. The person is 18-year-old Caine, but he could be any young man in the hood. The movie could only be Menace II Society, the bravura, uncompromising look at Caine s spiral from missed opportunities to inescapable missteps into the inner-city cycle of hate and death. The filmmaking duo The Hughes Brothers (Dead President

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Newline Menace II Society (Blu-ray)The place is Watts,but it could be any urban area blighted by guns and poverty. The person is 18-year-old Caine, but he could be any young man in the ‘hood. The movie could only be “Menace II Society”, the bravura, uncompromising look at Caine’s spiral – from missed opportunities to inescapable missteps – into the inner-city cycle of hate and death. The filmmaking duo The Hughes Brothers (“Dead Presidents”, “From Hell”) made their … More >>

Menace II Society

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  1. Man, 1993 passed by so fast. It’s almost 20 years ago!!

    Ever since Blu Ray came out, I have been fiendin for some black films (mainly from the 70’s. Shaft and Superfly remastered with 5.1!) and they have taken their time! Finally Do the Right Thing came out, but I guess that does not count as ‘they’ see that as Spike Lee’s cinamatic masterpiece. Well, now Friday, Set it Off and Menace II Society have come out. I guess this will have to do until some of those 70’s films come out…

    Looking at this film now, you forget that it is only a hour and a half! The picture quality looked like Friday. It had a film look, but not an exceptionally sharp look to it. It was clear with film grain, but not dirty. Detail was there, but it was no Kingdom of Heaven or The Incedible Hulk quality! In fact, it looks like Do the Right Thing on BD, but slight less detailed. So if you know how that is, then there you have it. It is good quality and somewhat 3D, but not like blockbuster films.

    Now the sound, which is in Dolby TruHD and is on point! I always felt like I was in the scenes that were being shown! When they go to the prison or through a home with music playing and exit it, the music goes behind the action and is where it should be no matter the direction. Once Caine leaves the house, the music is behind him. In the prison, the people talking on the side stay on the side that they should be on regardless of orientation. This is how surround sound should be done! I was not expecting it from this film.

    If you like the movie, get it. If you are expecting Sean Connery James Bond quality, then you may want to pass. It looks like film and you feel that you are at the movies. I guess that is what we want.

    Update: I forgot to add that there is posterization in the film. Most natably in the New Line Cinema logo at the start, in Jada’s room and on the making of HD version.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. This is one of my all time favorite movies from the 90’s / high school. I was surprised to see it released on Blu Ray so soon. I had the standard DVD which didnt give it justice in my Blu Ray player. Great picture, great sound. Highly recommend this movie on Blu Ray.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. THE 1993 CLASSIC IS NOW ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT LOOKS TERRIFIC THIS MOVIE NEVER LOOK SO GOOD. THE SOUND IS GOOD AS WELL THE ONLY DOWN SIDE OF THIS BLU-RAY IS THERE ARE STILL NO MUSIC VIDEOS ON HERE. THANK YOU NEW LINE FOR BRING OUT Friday [Blu-ray]Set It Off [Blu-ray]Menace II Society [Blu-ray]
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Dang i remember when i first saw menace II society back in the day.lowriders were the thing having a set of daytons on your ride was the thing.this movie fit in perfect with that culture at the time.so i was so excited when this was released on dvd.what a letdown the most grainy mess i have ever seen and the sound was crappy.then here comes high def and blu-ray! now i finally got to see this movie the way i always wanted to it looks awesome! the soundtrack is rather subtle during dialogue but when called upon the gunfire music and sound effects kick your ass!it seems to me that they bumped up some of the gunfire and stuff on the original soundtrack and it sounds very natural.there seems to be a few video shots that didnt fare so well onto blu-ray but is very subtle and hardly noticable.so if you are a fan of this movie you are definatley in for a treat! the ending scene they really packed a wallop into the soundtrack and it is powerful as ever.you will not forget it…..peace
    Rating: 5 / 5

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