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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 28, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

DJ Pooh was responsible for writing "Friday", which I found to be an extremely funny comedy, with good performances from both Ice Cube and Chris Tucker; it was also the debut of director F. Gary Grey, who went on to direct films like "The Negotiator". It's a wonder then, why he doesn't really come up with anything funny in "3 Strikes", a comedy about a prisoner named Rob Douglas(Brian Hooks) who's just been released. Worried about the "3rd Strike" that would send him to jail for a long time, he tries to keep on his best behavior, but that lasts about 3 minutes before he's in deep once again.

Of course, this sends him on the run, and a detective (David Allen Grier) is right behind him. So, he decides to hide out in a fancy hotel where he thinks the police won't look for him. The jokes are pretty much stereotypes, and although there are a few mildly funny moments in the first half of the movie, the second half is pretty slow going (and that's saying a lot for a movie that's not even 90 minutes).

Overall, "3 Strikes" has a laugh or two, but the rest of it is pretty tedious to sit through. Both "Fridays" are funnier.


The DVD

VIDEO: As many know, MGM has recieved some complaints due to unremarkable handling of titles other than those with "Bond" in the title, and again, they do a decent job here with "3 Strikes", but don't really show what they're capable of.

There are some problems that are noticeable and mildly distracting, but they're occasional throughout the film and not consistent. Pixelation appears now and again, in minor amounts. Print flaws also show up - slight marks and speckles on occasion. There is also some shimmering now and then. None of this was major, it just made for a slightly rougher looking presentation. Sharpness isn't bad, but there are a few scenes that look slightly soft. Detail is fine, and clarity is never lacking.

Colors are very nice, with well-saturated colors that look solid under the bright LA sunlight. Aside from a few slightly distracting flaws that pop up now and again, this is a decent transfer from MGM.

SOUND: Where the video quality was just average, the sound quality actually wasn't too bad. The rap music that appears on the soundtrack often comes through sounding dynamic, with strong, solid beats. There are a few moments where the surrounds are used fairly well and somewhat creatively, but overall, the audio isn't that active. The best sound element remains the music, and dialogue (which is the focus for much of the movie) is clear and easily heard. Pretty solid audio.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, but music plays in the background of the main menu.

EXTRAS: 3 music videos (from Da Howg, Kam&Solo and Choclair) and the theatrical trailer(2.0).

Final Thoughts: Skip it, and rent "Friday" or "Next Friday" instead - either one is funnier. (August 29th, MGM)
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