Barbershop: The Next Cut (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.98 1.78:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 WARNER BROS

"BARBER SHOP THE NEXT CUT" gives an earnest attempt to show just how much times have changed as well as remained the same since the previous film a decade ago.

Ice Cube returns as Calvin Palmer, Jr., now faced with the decision as to whether he should keep his barbershop,(long servicing the residents of the South Side of Chicago with pricing they can reasonably afford), open or to close it. He's concerned with the increased street violence and the lure of gang life upon the teenage son he's trying to raise. Calvin is tempted with relocating to a safer location in North Chicago.

Hoping to make a difference, Calvin gains agreement from rival gangs for a 48-hour truce. During this period, Calvin and his co-workers have agreed to provide free haircuts, coinciding with a twitter campaign drawing attention to the plight of the neighborhood's social crisis.

Perhaps trying to reach a wider audience, perhaps due to economic necessity, Calvin has made his barbershop co-sex, and this gives audiences the chance to enjoy Niki Minaj and Eve, now married to Rashad(Common). Although the narrative is more serious than its predecessor, there is still room for humor and there's plenty of it. Eddie(Cedric the Entertainer) is funny as always, but it's refreshing to find Minaj is actually quite gifted with humor and comedic timing.

Barbershop The Next Cut has its predictable moments, but it also provides an assurance to fans of the first film that they're revisiting something fun and it's well worth the visit.

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Transferred from a digital source, the MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray provides the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vibrant but natural. It's a bright and pleasing transfer and detail is impressive throughout. Contrast is excellent with inky blacks. A great transfer!

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is primarily center channel focused whenever the well selected hip-hop tracks and score isn't being featured. There are some minor ambient effects to open up the atmosphere on occasion. While it's not an immersive mix by any means, it's appropriate for the comical-type genre offered.

WARNER BROS has included a digital code with this release and over 12 minutes of deleted scenes along with a gag reel and featurette.