Starring: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine ‘Huggy’ Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Cindy Herron & Vincent Laresca.
Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
Bishop, Q, Raheem, and Steel are Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in fights, and casually shoplifting. 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. They look for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice.
Juice comes from a MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p transfer and I am blown away by the restoration of this film. Colors are sharp and vivid with consistency in color hues. Image detail is sharp in facial textures, clothes, especially outdoor images that really make this restoration presentable in all facets. Very minimal inconsistent saturation in very few scenes, but it doesn’t do the PQ any justice with its fulfillment its rich color palettes. From the club scene lights to Raheem’s red jacket, colors are more vivid and also very presentable on any HDR capable televisions. Black levels are consistency with quality depth, which shows a consistent balance during the dark scenes in the film. Overall I couldn’t be more impressed with the restoration of this film and I am glad that Juice got the proper treatment it did, after all of these years of waiting for a proper HD remaster.
Juice is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. It proves exceptionally well with the score and very clear dialogue. Levels are balanced and consistent throughout the film with no clicks or pops to disrupt the audio in any way. The film’s frequency levels are well balanced and centered for a clear audio experience. The sound mix of this film, especially during Q’s DJ competition and the films intro are very clear and boisterous. Overall the audio in this film is well presented and given your audio set up, you will have a theater like experience.
– Commentary by Director Ernest R. Dickerson
–You’ve Got the Juice Now (HD)- The making of the film, with insight from the filmmakers and cast.
–The Wrecking Crew (HD)- A look at the cast
–Sip the Juice: The Music (HD)- A look at the music of the film
–Stay in the Scene: The Interview- A vintage interview with the four main cast members
Juice is my all-time favorite hood film, hands down. To finally own this on blu-ray is a dream come true and I couldn’t ask for any better of a restoration of this film than Paramount has provided to us. Packaging, I would have loved to see a digibook edition in the future, maybe for their 30th anniversary, but that is wishful thinking. Juice is a staple film in Tupac’s acting career, which put him on the map. His acting is highly underrated and to finally experience his acting chops in high def, is all I could really ask for. Hoping for more Tupac releases on blu-ray!
Production release: Island World
Video release: Paramount Pictures
Number of discs: 1
Runtime: 94 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: June 6, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1, Original 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital