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FRIDAY / NEXT FRIDAY: DVD

"When youíve got nothing much to do a lot can happen on a Friday in South Central. Thereís the usual - you know, drive bys and drug deals, the sort of things you usually try to avoid. But having lost his job the day before, Craig Jones (Ice Cube) along with his friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) find they are inadvertently caught up in all the dramas throughout the street.

Friday is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16:9 enhanced. Image quality is good throughout but by no means great. The image does suffer from some minor pixelization, this is often noticed as many surfaces are not Ďsolidí, made up of continuously moving pixels. Given the budget of the film it would probably be unreasonable to expect a 5.1 channel soundtrack, and Friday is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Pro-Logic track. For a movie that really isnít an audio challenge the Pro-Logic track is more than sufficient. Extras for Friday are limited to a music video by Ice Cube.

Next Friday, Craig moves out to the suburbs with his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) and uncle Elroy (Don Curry), in an attempt to escape the problems throughout his neighbourhood. But once again this turns out to be no ordinary Friday.

Next Friday is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16:9 enhanced. Image quality is better than the first film, but still not perfect. The same pixelization is apparent but nowhere near as noticeable as in Friday. Otherwise, the image is generally very good. Given the bigger budget of the movie we are this time presented with a well designed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which makes good use of all the channels available including the rears for ambience. The only problem I could pick up is some occasional distortion in the dialogue.

The commentary track consists of two separate recordings one by director Steve Carr and the other by Ice Cube. It is only Carrís comments however that specifically relates to the action on screen. The commentary from Cube appears to be exerpts from an interview, where he generally speaks about how the story and characters were developed. Itís a pity the two of them couldnít be in the same room together as Iím sure it would have made for a more interesting and entertaining commentary. The alternate ending included on the disc makes a few slightly different cuts but makes no real difference to the end of the movie.

Both movies have a very distinct brand of humour; Ice Cube describes it as "ghetto humour" during the commentary. He explains some jokes in particular will only really make sense if you come from a neighbourhood like South Central, Los Angeles. In the end I feel that other than a few universally funny gags, the humour seems to be lost in our cultural differences, in the same way it would be if you were to screen The Castle in Los Angeles for instance. The DVD however, like the ĎEl Mariachi/Desperadoí package before it, makes the best possible use of a double-sided DVD."
Ben Hooft

Published March 1, 2001



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FRIDAY/NEXT FRIDAY (MA) (US)

NEXT FRIDAY

CAST: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Tamala Jones,Tommy Lister Jr.

DIRECTOR: Steve Carr

RUNNING TIME: 94 mins

FRIDAY

CAST: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, John Witherspoon, Nia Long, Tommy Lister Jr., Regina King, Anna Maria Horseford and Bernie Mac.

DIRECTOR: F. Gary Gray

RUNNING TIME: 88 mins

RRP: $49.95

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: January 16, 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES (Friday):
Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 (Pro-Logic)
1 Music Video


SPECIAL FEATURES
(Next Friday):
Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1
Commentary
Alternate Ending
2 Music Videos
Cast & Crew Biographies







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