Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray Disc July 26th, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Drama, MGM, New Line, Warner on July 29th, 2016 by Dave

Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray

This week Warner Home Video released the comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut for Blu-ray Disc on July 26th, 2016.

Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver wrote the screenplay for this fourth film in the Barbershop franchise.

The cast features returning actors Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Eve, and Sean Patrick Thomas.

The story picks up some ten years after Barbershop 2, with Chicago under threat from gang violence.

Barbershop: The Next Cut the Movie

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A lot has changed in the ten years since the events of Barbershop 2.

Calvin has merged the shop with a beauty shop that offers styling, weaves and other services for women.

He also has a son in high school, and a local gang is priming him for membership.

Gang violence has become a constant threat to the lives and well-being of the residents of South Chicago.

Calvin, Eddie, and the rest of the gang must work together to save their neighborhood.

Or is it time for Calvin to pack up the shop and move to the relative safety of the North?

Barbershop: The Next Cut – My Thoughts

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Barbershop: The Next Cut continues the tradition of the movie franchise.

The film highlights a number of issues affecting Chicago and the greater minority communities.

Without making direct reference to the Black Lives Matter campaign, the subject of white on black violence is certainly mentioned.

However the disturbing trend of gang violence is the key social issue focus of the film.

That said, it isn’t all about violence and unrest – there is plenty of witty banter covering all manner of topics.

With the addition of the women’s styling section, the battle of the sexes comes into play.

As before the film is largely grounded in the conversations and debates in the shop between the workers and clients.

As such the characters and dialogue are what drives the movie.

Overall I think that Barbershop: The Next Cut is an enjoyable film that balances social commentary with wit and humour.

Fans of the franchise will certainly enjoy this new addition.

Barbershop: The Next Cut Cast, Crew and Performance

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The cast includes Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Maryum Ali, Eve, J.B. Smoove and Lamorne Morris.

Barbershop: The Next Cut was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who also directed films like Soul Men, Scary Movie 5, The Best Man, and The Best Man Holiday.

The movie has a very strong critical reception, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%, though not so well with the public, earning an IMDb score of 5.9/10.

In any case, Barbershop: The Next Cut was pretty successful in the cinema, taking in $54M at the US box office.

Barbershop: The Next Cut on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 35 Mbps, and is presented at 1.78:1 aspect ratio, filling the HDTV screen.

The film was shot digitally and is essentially noise free throughout.

Given that it was shot at 4K it could be sharper, though that may have been the film maker’s choice.

Certainly the image quality is more than sufficient to deliver the story.

See the details page for Barbershop: The Next Cut for full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc.

The main audio is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 39.0 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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The Blu-ray release comes with just twenty minutes or so of supplemental features.

The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp – 4:34

In this segment the actors learn to at least appear like they are real barbers or stylists.

Both the trainers and the cast talk about their experiences.

Deleted Scenes with Malcolm D. Lee – 12:34

Director Malcolm D. Lee introduces over 12 minutes of deleted footage.

Some of the footage is unused improvisation, though there are also cut plot-lines.

Gag Reel – 2:24

The gag reel features a number of flubs and unused clips from the production.

This release also includes an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Barbershop: The Next Cut is a fun film that balances the humour and social commentary well throughout.

Warner Home Video has put together a Blu-ray release with a clean presentation and a small collection of supplements.

The retail price is $29.98, though you can get it at Amazon for $19.95, saving 33%!

Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray Extras:

  • Gag Reel
  • The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp
  • Deleted Scenes with Malcolm D. Lee

Barbershop The Next Cut Blu-ray Synopsis:

Its been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvins Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

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