WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr., Anna Maria Horsford, Regina King, Paula Jai Parker, John Witherspoon

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3019LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): F. Gary Gray
(Screenplay/Written By): Ice Cube & DJ Pooh
(Story): NA
(Music): Hidden Faces
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bruce Bellamy
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Shawn Barton
(Editor): John Carter, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Leonard Marcel
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ice Cube & Bryan Turner
(Co-Producers): W.E. Baker
(Producers): Patricia Charbonnet

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Friday is the energetic comedy set in a day in the life of an East L.A. “hood.” Ice Cube plays Craig, a nice-enough guy with some crazy friends. One being Smokey (Chris Tucker), who has 24 hours to pay Big Worm back for smoking the weed he was supposed to sell. Before the sun sets, Craig manages to bail his friend out of trouble, land a new job before his parents evict him and survive a climactic confrontation with Deebo—the neighborhood menace.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is filtered throughout and is orange hued. The photography is claustrophobic being filled with medium closeup shots throughout. Picture quality is inconsistent with some apparent noise, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is mediocre quality except for the rap/pop score and natural dialogue.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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