Next Friday (2000)
Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Music Video-You Can Do It-Ice Cube
Music Video-Money Stretch-Lil' Zane
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Audio Commentary-Steve Carr (Director) & Ice Cube (Producer/Writer)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Steve Carr|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Jr.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Faced with a similar plot situation to that of Friday, Next Friday is a little more exciting but not a better film overall. The loss of Chris Tucker is a big one (it is also the reason why the film was moved out to the suburbs), and lowers the comedic elements of the film, with the film relying more on slapstick humour than genuine comedy. Ice Cube even mentions in the commentary that he didn't want the actors to act funny - rather he wanted the audience to appreciate the film for its story and its more scripted comedy set pieces.
Next Friday is a bit more accessible for everyone than Friday was, but Chris Tucker's loss is keenly felt. See the original first.
The sharpness level is excellent, showing fine facial details as well as background details, which blended a bit in Friday. Shadow detail is definitely the best quality of the transfer besides colour. During the later scenes, especially the outdoor ones, finer details are picked up that would normally be omitted in a transfer of lower standards than this one.
The colour is simply exemplary. The suburb presented is a very, very bright one, so colour had to be up to par. Check the scene in Pinky's for perfect reproduction of the... well... pink! Of course, no chroma noise or colour bleeding was apparent.
Grain was mostly absent from the transfer, and when it was visible it was only a minor annoyance. Some very small cases of aliasing were present. I only noticed one mark on the print which was quite pleasing.
English subtitles unfortunately defaulted to on with my DVD player.
There are three audio tracks on this side of the disc; the default English 5.1 soundtrack, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded mix and an English Audio Commentary in Dolby Digital 2.0. I listened to the 5.1 soundtrack and to the audio commentary.
Dialogue was clear at all times.
Audio sync was perfect at all times.
The surround channels were used mainly for ambience. No real split surround effects were heard, but this isn't exactly the type of film that you could expect to have a enveloping soundtrack. Also, music was pumped through the surround channels. This was backed up by the subwoofer, which was only really used for music.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 version misses out on:
The video quality is nearly perfect.
The audio is well-suited to this type of film.
The extras are interesting.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|