offers Friday / Menace II Society / Set It Off (Blu-ray)
(orig. $18.94) with free store pickup.
"Friday": Just another day. But what a day. A day that shows a lighter side to life in the 'hood that brought Ice Cube and Chris Tucker to a wider audience. It's Friday, and Craig (Cube) and Smokey (Tucker) must come up with $200 they owe a local bully or there won't be a Saturday. That's the plot. But co-writer Cube, director F. Gary Gray and other innovative movie talents lace it with shrewd and hilarious looks at family (including John Witherspoon), a preacher (Bernie Mac), a girl-next-door (Nia Long) and all manners of the good and bad of life in South Central. "Menace II Society": The place is Watts, but it could be any urban area blighted by guns and poverty. The person is 18-year-old Caine, but he could be any young man in the 'hood. The movie could only be "Menace II Society", the bravura, uncompromising look at Caine's spiral - from missed opportunities to inescapable missteps - into the inner-city cycle of hate and death. The filmmaking duo The Hughes Brothers made their feature debut with this urgent instant classic. The actors (including Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett) electrify. "Set It Off": "If that crackhead Darnell could rob a bank, we can take a bank." That's what four tough and tough-times L.A. women think after a brother from the projects pulls off a bloody bank heist. So they armor up and make bank robbery a woman's game. Four memorable stars - Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise - slam home the action in director F. Gary Gray's blistering, breakthrough thriller.