Directors Albert and Allen Hughes and screenwriter Tyger Williams were barely into their twenties when they sent shock waves through American cinema and hip-hop culture with this fatalistic, unflinching vision of life and death on the streets of Watts, Los Angeles, in the 1990s. There, in the shadow of the riots of 1965 and 1992, young Caine (Tyrin Turner) is growing up under the influence of his ruthless, drug-dealing father (Samuel L. Jackson, in a chilling cameo) and his loose-cannon best friend, O-Dog (Larenz Tate), leading him into a spiral of violent crime from which he is not sure he wants to escape, despite the best efforts of his grandparents and the steadfast Ronnie (Jada Pinkett). Fusing grim realism with a propulsively stylish aesthetic honed through the Hughes brothers’ work on rap videos, Menace II Society is a searing cautionary tale about the devastating human toll of hopelessness.

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Menace II Society (1993)

4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray
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Drama/Crime · 1h 37m · 11/23/2021

        

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Directors Albert and Allen Hughes and screenwriter Tyger Williams were barely into their twenties when they sent shock waves through American cinema and hip-hop culture with this fatalistic, unflinching vision of life and death on the streets of Watts, Los Angeles, in the 1990s. There, in the shadow of the riots of 1965 and 1992, young Caine (Tyrin Turner) is growing up under the influence of his ruthless, drug-dealing father (Samuel L. Jackson, in a chilling cameo) and his loose-cannon best friend, O-Dog (Larenz Tate), leading him into a spiral of violent crime from which he is not sure he wants to escape, despite the best efforts of his grandparents and the steadfast Ronnie (Jada Pinkett). Fusing grim realism with a propulsively stylish aesthetic honed through the Hughes brothers’ work on rap videos, Menace II Society is a searing cautionary tale about the devastating human toll of hopelessness.

$39.96-$9.99 (20%)

Release Country

United States

Barcode

715515266314

Release Date

11/23/2021

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  English     
  English     
  Commentary     
  Commentary     
  Commentary     

Digital Copy

Not Included

Studios

New Line Cinema/New Line Home Entertainment, Inc./Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/The Criterion Collection

Subtitles

English

Video Format

2160p

Aspect Ratio

1.85:1

Cover Type

Digipack , Slip Cover

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Cast
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Rolando Molina

Vato #1
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Clifton Collins Jr.

Vato #2 (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Tony Valentino

Vato #3
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Daniel Villarreal

Vato #4 (as Danny Villarreal)
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Yolanda 'Yo-Yo' Whittaker

Girl at Party (as Yo Yo)
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Samuel Monroe Jr.

Ilena's Cousin
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Robert Gatewood

Gang Member (uncredited)
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Karolyn Grimes

Zuzu Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Stewart

George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Tyrin Turner

Caine
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Larenz Tate

O-Dog
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June Kyoto Lu

Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Toshi Toda

Grocery Store Man
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Samuel L. Jackson

Tat Lawson
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Anthony Johnson

Tony
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Brandon Hammond

Five Year Old Caine
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Glenn Plummer

Pernell
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Reginald Ballard

Clyde
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Khandi Alexander

Karen Lawson
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Eugene Lee

Man #1
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James Pickens Jr.

Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
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Nancy Cheryll Davis

Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
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Jullian Roy Doster

Anthony
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Jada Pinkett Smith

Ronnie (as Jada Pinkett)
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Marilyn Coleman

Grandmama
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Arnold Johnson

Grandpapa
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Saafir

Harold Lawson
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Pooh Man

Doc
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Mc Eiht

A-Wax
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Vonte Sweet

Sharif
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Ryan Williams

Stacy
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Cynthia Calhoun

Jackee
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Garen Holman

Junior
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Joy Matthews

Nurse #1
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Clifton Powell

Chauncy
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Too $hort

Lew-Loc
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Christopher M. Brown

Lloyd
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Stacy Arnell

Deena
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Dwayne Barnes

Basehead
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Ian Davids

Insurance Man (as Dave Kirsch)
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Alvin Mears

K-9 Police Officer
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Bill Duke

Detective
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Robert Gonzales

Car Dealer (as Robert R. Gonzales)
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Martin Davis

Car-Jack Victim
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Erin Wiley Sands

Ilena (as Erin Leshawn Wiley)
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Charles S. Dutton

Mr. Butler
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Charles J. Grube

Officer Fassel
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Mike Kelly

Officer Gadd
Crew
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Albert Hughes

Director
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Allen Hughes

Director
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Allen Hughes

Writer
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Albert Hughes

Writer
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Tyger Williams

Writer
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Menace II Society

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

9/8/2009

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Menace II Society

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Menace II Society

(DVD)

10/22/1997

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Menace II Society

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/8/2009

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Menace II Society

(Blu-ray, Box)

11/23/2021

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