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New Jack City [DVD Boxset]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors. Estimated budget of $8.5 million. Shot on location in Harlem and the Bronx, New York, in Technicolor. Began shooting April 16, 1990; completed shooting June 6, 1990. Released in North America March 8, 1991. Released on video August 7, 1991. Rereleased in New York City for a special run at the Joseph Papp Public Theater September 6-19, 1991. Directorial debut for actor Mario Van Peebles, the son of actor and pioneering black director Melvin Van Peebles. A $40 million dollar law suit was filed in New York Supreme Court in June 17, 1991 by Kurt Anthony against Wesley Snipes and the films producers. Anthony, an actor and screenwriter, claimed that Snipes lifted the idea for the film directly from a screenplay entitled "Innocent Blood" that Anthony had written and shown to Snipes. Shown at Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah January 17-27, 1991. According to Variety, the film was presented as a "last-minute 'special preview' to stimulate dialog[ue] about drug issues before its March release." Also shown at Filmfest Munich (International Program) June 1991 and International Taormina Film Festival July 21-28, 1991.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70595

  • Credits
    Wesley Snipes, Judd Nelson, Mario Van Peebles
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Van Peebles directs with] energy and flash....Played commandingly by [Snipes]..."
    New York Times

    "NEW JACK CITY codified the hip-hop-gangsta image as much as any Ruthless Records release..."
    Rolling Stone

    "[I]t helped kick-start rap's march into the mainstream, and ignite black Hollywood."

    4 stars out of 4 -- "Ice-T, Queen Latifah and 2 Live Crew provide the soundtrack....It's still extremely watchable."

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