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'Hood tales.

Friday:

Deluxe Edition

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Menace II Society:

Deluxe Edition

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Set It Off:

Deluxe Edition

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Warner Home Video ($15 each)

* 'Hood movies were all the rage in the 1990s, and now three of the genre's best-remembered titles are being rereleased as deluxe-edition DVDs. Interestingly, the film that holds up the best is the funny one. Owing more to offbeat comedies like Clerks and Slacker than Boyz n the Hood, 1995's Friday remains a laugh riot, thanks largely to the potent comic chemistry of co-stars Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Conversely, the Hughes Brothers' blistering 1993 debut, Menace II Society, hasn't aged quite as well. Though the directors have visual flair to burn and the nihilistic ending still packs a punch, the lead character, the troubled Caine, is simply too much of a bitter pill to swallow. 1996's Set It Off, about a quartet of female bank robbers (played by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), gives off fierce attitude that almost makes up for its dramatic clumsiness. For superfans, all three titles sport a new director's cut and a variety of other bonus features, including commentary tracks, retrospective featurettes and vintage music videos. EA

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Title Annotation:DVD; Friday, Menace II Society and Set It Off
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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