Lionsgate // 2003 // 87 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // January 7th, 2004
Evil has a whole new rap!
Word up, yo. Here's da skinny on the little green mini, set to a mind booglin' rap by Judge P-Diddy Nog:
Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood -- Da Rap Song by Patrick Naugle
All you dope Verdict readers come and gather around
Got a new little story with a twisted sound
'bout a little freaky mofo named the Leprechaun
Who wants his gold back, baby, and he ain't messin' round
Now some inner city youths gone and found his stash
I ain't rappin' 'bout weed but the golden cash
They decide to spend his loot on the finer things
But death awaits them cause of buyin' all that damn bling-bling
Old f*$#@in' Leppy is annoyed and he wants revenge
You don't take his money without losin' a few friends
And if you're not careful and don't watch your step
You'll be layin' on the slab faster than you can cry "help!"
You may not have caught this little f#&@er in your multiplex
There's a reason, of course, this is straight-to-video, Tex
But for a howlin' good time you won't need any luck
Rent Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood
It'll most likely only cost ya a buck!
Yes, you've heard it correctly: they've actually made a sequel to a sequel about a diminutive Irish monster trying to collect his gold from gangsters and hos. And you know what? It's damned entertaining stuff! My hopes weren't soaring when I popped in the DVD for Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood. Being that this is the sixth sequel to a series that was straight-to-video to begin with...well, let's just say the odds were not stacked in its favor. And yet there I sat, riveted by every bad pun and gag this filmmakers threw at me. It takes a man with a strong sense of himself -- and strong ability to shrug off the mocking laughs from his peers -- to make a movie about a leprechaun roaming around the 'hood. And yet writer/director Steven Ayromlooi has done just that, and pulled it off with some of the best comedic moments this side of...um, I'm going with Rog from TV's What's Happening, Now?. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood makes no apologizes for what it is: the silliest piece of entertainment since...well, I gotta go back to Thelma from The Jeffersons. Only the most cynical of you wouldn't crack a smile as the Leprechaun (played by good sport Warwick Davis) takes a few puffs out of a bong and falls over giggling, higher than a kite. Then he proceeds to ram the bong into a druggie and crack a few jokes. In fact, while the original Leprechaun (which infamously starred Friends's Jennifer Aniston) was mostly a horror movie with small comedic moments, Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood is a comedy with small horror moments. Most of the film revolves around everyone making fun of the Leprechaun's height and clothes (I can see why he's always so angry) and then the little guy dispatching those who stand between him and his gold. The cast includes a lot of interchangeable faces, including rapper Sticky Fingaz (Next Friday) and...err, a lot of other folks I don't recognize. No matter, as this is really Davis' show -- and he chews the scenery as if he were teething child. I won't try to sell you on Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood being high art, but I will tell you it's entertaining fare that makes for a fantastic Friday night filled with friends, booze, and a blarney stone...that drips blood!
Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Aren't you a lucky SOB if you're a fan of these films! Not only has Lions Gate produced a widescreen transfer of the film, it's also anamorphic! How can you beat that? The transfer appears to be in decent shape -- there aren't too many defects, though there is more edge enhancement than I'd like. Overall the colors and black levels are in good shape with little bleeding in the image. Not a great transfer, but not too shabby either. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. This is a nice mix, though it's nothing special. There are a few moments where directional effects and surround sounds kick in it's mostly via Michael Whittaker's music score. All aspects of the mix are free of any major hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles.
Word up, homes! Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood includes not one but two commentary tracks, the first by star Warwick Davis and writer/director Steven Ayromlooi, and a second by Ayromlooi and editor David Daniel. Though both tracks are a bit slow going, they're sorta interesting if you want to know a lot about the production and sets. Otherwise, how much do you really want to know about a breakfast cereal icon killing ghetto gals? Also included on this disc are four sections of storyboards, plus a theatrical trailer for the film.
Peace out my green brothas'!
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Two Commentary Tracks
* Four Storyboard Sequences
* Theatrical Trailer