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Fresh
     

Fresh

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Director: Boaz Yakin

Cast: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson

 

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Fresh, just another in a series of "hood" movies, is lucky enough to receive the collector's series status from Miramax. The anamorphic transfer, a real strong point of this disc, is framed at 1.85:1, and represents the film nicely. Colors are reproduced effectively, while darker scenes show no sign of breakdown. Detail is equally outstanding and the real

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Fresh, just another in a series of "hood" movies, is lucky enough to receive the collector's series status from Miramax. The anamorphic transfer, a real strong point of this disc, is framed at 1.85:1, and represents the film nicely. Colors are reproduced effectively, while darker scenes show no sign of breakdown. Detail is equally outstanding and the real strength to the transfer. Unfortunately, the sound, which utilizes a Dolby Digital surround track, is weak. At times, the audio is unclear and distorted, quite possibly due to film's low budget. Also available is a French soundtrack and English closed captions. Though not quite as extensive as some other special editions, this DVD does feature some enjoyable supplements. The main point of interest is a commentary track with first-time director Boaz Yakin. He is well-spoken and very straightforward with valuable notes on all aspects of the film, from its history to the filmmaking process. Though the packaging claims to have a "behind-the-scenes featurette," it's barely that, lasting only two minutes, and not of much interest. In addition, there are seven storyboard-to-shot comparisons for a variety of different scenes, various cast auditions, and a fast-paced gag reel (which doesn't contain many gags, but is more or less a series of behind-the-scene shots) that runs five minutes.

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Best known in Hollywood for penning a forgettable Dolph Lundgren vehicle (The Punisher) and a below-average Clint Eastwood film (The Rookie), Boaz Yakin made quite a leap in quality with his first directorial effort, Fresh. The independently produced film, which shared the Filmmakers' award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival with Clerks, was an original, highly-polished voice amidst the host of rambunctious urban crime dramas which sprang up after New Jack City and Boyz in the Hood. Fresh stands out thanks to Yakin's conscious effort to alter the conventions of the genre. Gone is the visual and sonic flashiness typically found in the other early 1990s urban dramas; instead there is more traditional cinematography from Adam Holender, who slickly captured New York's underworld in Midnight Cowboy and The Panic in Needle Park. The perfect match for Holender's detached, exacting photography is the coolly intelligent debut performance from Sean Nelson, in the role of the title character.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0786936172058
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Feature commentary track with director Boaz Yakin; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Storyboard comparisons; Various cast auditions; Gag reel; French-language track; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Nelson Fresh
Giancarlo Esposito Esteban
Samuel L. Jackson Sam
N'Bushe Wright Nicole
Ron Brice Corky
Jean-Claude LaMarre Jake
Cheryl Freeman Aunt Frances
José Zuñiga Lieutenant Perez
Yul Vázquez Chillie
Anthony Thomas Red
Curtis L. McClarin Darryl
Charles Malik Whitfield Smokey
Guillermo Diaz Spike
Robert Jimenez Salvador
Cortez Nance Reggie
Anthony Ruiz Hector
Davenia McFadden Mrs. Coleman
Matthew Faber Long-Haired Teenager
Lawrence Bender Yuppie
Paul L.Q. Lee Tommy Yee
Mateo Gomez Mexican
Joe Pentangelo Transit Cop
Martin Shakar Detective Abe Sharp
F. Murray Abraham Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Randy Ostrow Mr. Cohen

Technical Credits
Boaz Yakin Director,Screenwriter
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Lila Cazes Executive Producer
Jean Cazes Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Al Griswold Special Effects
Dorian Harris Editor
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Associate Producer
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy Ostrow Producer
J. Miller Tobin Asst. Director
Chrisann Verges Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Opening Credits: "A Clever Boy" [7:14]
2. For a Girl [7:42]
3. A Crowded Home [6:10]
4. On the Job [6:07]
5. "Mate in Four" [4:37]
6. "My Solid Little Man" [7:49]
7. Something With Nicole [3:03]
8. Shooting Hoops [4:53]
9. "Losing to Yourself" [7:15]
10. Roscoe's Fight [3:08]
11. "Kickin' the Stupid, Dope Moves" [4:52]
12. Chuckie's Talk [4:38]
13. Jumped [6:02]
14. "It's His Fault" [5:22]
15. "You Gonna Be the Man" [8:25]
16. "Nice and Nasty" [4:20]
17. Esteban Retaliates [:05]
18. "I Ain't Scared" [6:08]
19. "You Ready to Be the King?" [8:35]
20. End Credits [2:13]

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Fresh 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie it made such an impact on how there probably are kids in our country and have to deal with all of everything. I never tire of seeing again and again. If there was one movie this would be it. Sean Nelson made my heart break thinking of all the pain. This movie will tug at anyone's heart strings and hopefully try to help people understand that some kids just try to survive which sadly sometimes make them grow up too fast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fresh, the very quiet and intelligent drug courier, takes on his employers after witnessing the death of a classmate and his drug-addicted sister in this highly-realistic treatment of the drug culture. Much needed in our continued losing battle against the rampant death that drugs have incurred on society and on the inner cities in particular with prejudicial prison sentences and gangs.