‘Juice’ celebrate 25th Anniversary release

The special anniversary edition features over 1 hour of new and vintage bonus features and interviews with the cast and crew.

JuiceErnest R. Dickerson’s classic drama “Juice” celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Blu-ray release and all-new bonus content on Digital HD.

Dickerson, a cinematographer on all of Spike Lee’s features and on the Eddie Murphy concert film “Raw,” directed and co-wrote this crime drama about a group of friends who get involved in a robbery. Bishop (Tupac Shakur) in his first starring role, Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are four Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in fights, and casually shoplifting.

A sharp and poignant street drama, the film is filled with details of the daily life, fashions, music and language of a black neighborhood and introduces its four central characters as they venture out from their homes into New York streets where, as they perceive it, the person with a gun commands respect. The only member of the group who has plans for the future is Q, who dreams of becoming a deejay. But one day Bishop happens to see James Cagney in White Heat and the film inspires him to buy a gun. His plan is to rob a corner store and split the money. Everyone goes along with the plan except for Q, who is competing that night in a deejay contest. At the club, Q is a rousing success, but he spies the stern faces of his friends through the cheering crowd and realizes that he has to go along with the robbery, which goes completely wrong. Much of the strength of the film comes from the actors who deliver  and despite the script’s reliance on familiar cliches, the film never feels like an exploitation drama as we genuinely feel for these young men and their circumstances.

The special anniversary edition features over 1 hour of new and vintage bonus features and interviews with the cast and crew.

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