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6/01/2005

 
``New Jack City,'' Hip-Hop Gangster Classic Arrives as Two-Disc Special Edition DVD on August 23 from Warner Home Video

Starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2005--

Hours of Extras Include Director Commentary, Three All-New Documentaries and Music Videos

"New Jack City" -- the definitive urban gangster film starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles (who also directs) and Judd Nelson -- arrives on a "Two-Disc Special Edition" DVD August 23 from Warner Home Video. Just as cool and topical today as when it premiered in 1991, "New Jack City" updates the gangster genre with a hip-hop twist. The cutting-edge soundtrack, which includes tunes by Ice-T, Queen Latifah and 2 Live Crew, was the first ever to blend rap, pop and R&B and produced simultaneous chart-topping singles in all three categories.

The two-disc DVD is loaded with all-new bonus material including director commentary, music videos by Ice-T, Christopher Williams and Color Me Badd, an inside look at current-day Harlem and a revealing making-of featurette. The DVD also includes a documentary featuring rappers Warren G, Nate Dogg, Fab 5 Freddy and radio personalities Ed Lover (New York's Power 105) and Big Boy (Los Angeles' Power 106), sharing their favorite moments of the film. The "New Jack City Two-Disc Special Edition" DVD will be available for $26.99 SRP.

"New Jack City" is the first film to bring the urban culture and hip-hop lifestyle into the mainstream. In his directorial debut, Mario Van Peebles ("Baadasssss!") fuses elements from genre classics like "Scarface," "Public Enemy" and "The Godfather" with the energy of the Harlem streets, and, in so doing, creates a modern-day crime epic with a vivid sense of authenticity. "New Jack City" is both scathing and cautionary in its depiction of New York City's crack epidemic of the '80s. The film is filled with breakout performances from Chris Rock, Ice-T and Wesley Snipes, whose charismatic turn as Nino Brown established him as an actor to watch and earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture. "New Jack City" was also nominated for three MTV Movie Awards including Best Breakthrough Performance (Ice-T) and Best Villain (Snipes).

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