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Juice 4K UHD Review

“Juice” is a solid 90’s crime drama.

1992’s “Juice” is a crime drama film revolving around a tight knit group of New York inner city teens- Quincy, Eric, Raheem and Bishop. The four pals spend their time hanging out, listening to music, skipping school, playing video games, and other not so legal activities. Quincy has dreams of becoming a DJ and gets a chance to show off his skills at a show, but unfortunately, the power hungry Bishop plots to rob a local grocery store the same night and requires Quincy’s help. The robbery goes south and 2 people tragically wind up dead. The situation further spirals out of control as Bishop goes down a dark path that will forever sour the relationship of the 4 friends.

Directed by Ernest R. Dickinson, “Juice” is more than a little familiar. Not only is it inspired by the likes of “Boyz N The Hood,” but the film falls victim to crime movie cliches (although it also acknowledges them with the “White Heat” homages). One can make a case that the drama comes a little too easy in parts as well. If you can look past all of that though, you’ll still manage to find an impactful drama about a friendship torn apart by violence, the dangerous desire for power and respect, and teens being trapped by both violence and their surroundings.

“Juice” is perhaps most well known for featuring the acting debut of the late legendary rapper Tupac Shakur (AKA 2Pac). And what a performance it is. He displayed a fiery, energetic and unnerving performance. He really showcased the character’s dark decline. Tupac isn’t the only cast member to make an impression as Omar Epps, Samuel L. Jackson, Khalil Kain, Jermaine Hopkins and even Queen Latifah (in a bit role) all turn in believable performances.

The Hip-Hop infused soundtrack features a wealth of fantastic tunes in the genre by icons like Naughty By Nature, Eric B. and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Cypress Hill and Salt-N-Pepa. In many ways, music can be considered a character in this movie it is that integral. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? The picture quality is nothing short of impressive.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the soundtrack to the dialogue, this is a crisp 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickinson.
* “Stay In The Scene: The Interview”- A 22 minute interview with Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain, and Jermaine Hopkins.
* “You’ve Got The Juice Now”- A making of featurette with set footage, film clips, and interviews.
* “Wrecking Crew”- A featurette on the cast with some archival footage.
* “Sip The Juice: The Music”- A featurette on the score and soundtrack. 

January 9, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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