Boyz 'N the Hood

Boyz 'N the Hood

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Director: John Singleton

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube

     
 

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John Singleton's intensely powerful Boyz 'N the Hood is another film that deserves more than it gets on DVD. This disc does include both a full frame and preferred widescreen transfer, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, but neither looks spectacular. Dark scenes are solid and hold up well, with no breakdown, but the remainder of the film often seems soft andSee more details below

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Overview

John Singleton's intensely powerful Boyz 'N the Hood is another film that deserves more than it gets on DVD. This disc does include both a full frame and preferred widescreen transfer, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, but neither looks spectacular. Dark scenes are solid and hold up well, with no breakdown, but the remainder of the film often seems soft and lacking in detail. This could be the fault of either the film's low budget or a lackluster authoring job. The sound is also somewhat weak, with an English Dolby Digital surround track that is hallow most of the time, and never shows any sort of dynamic range. Also available are surround tracks in Spanish and French, with subtitles in all of the same languages. As for extra materials, this disc offers nothing more than a trio of trailers, all with a Cuba Gooding Jr. theme, one for this film, and also for As Good as It Gets and Jerry Maguire. With such a powerful directing debut, where is a commentary from Singleton? Likewise, with a subject so controversial (at least when it was originally released), why not a documentary, if not on the making of the film, then on the real situation in respect to gangs? There is so much that could have been done, all one can do is hope for the almost inevitable special edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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Coming two years after Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, the first movie by African-American director John Singleton was seen as part of the black film movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the first mainstream movie to deal with gang violence in America's urban ghettos, and its thoughtful approach helped open the door for a number of similarly themed movies in the next few years, including Menace II Society, Fresh, and Juice. Boyz N the Hood stands out because of its honesty and because it successfully humanizes all of the parties involved, including the drug dealers and murderers. The story revolves around three youths who choose to deal with their environment in different ways, and the movie features a two-part structure, which shows their lives when they are children and then when they are on the verge of high school graduation. The central roles are filled well by three newcomers (Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, and Ice Cube), and their dynamic gives the movie its most memorable moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
UPC:
0043396508194
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
13,514

Special Features

Languages: English, Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Widescreen and full-screen formats

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding Tre Styles
Morris Chestnut Ricky Baker
Ice Cube Doughboy
Angela Bassett Reva Styles
Laurence Fishburne Furious Styles
Nia Long Brandi
Tyra Ferrell Mrs. Baker
Meta King Brandi's Mom
Whitman Mayo Old Man
Desi Arnez Hines Tre-Age 10
Baha Jackson Doughboy-Age 10
Donovan McCrary Ricky-Age 10
Jaki Brown-Karman Actor
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Officer Coffey
Valentino Harrison Bobby-Age 10
Leanear Lane 2nd Gangster
Don Nelson 1st Gangster
Alysia M. Rogers Shanice
Raymond Turner Ferris
Lloyd Avery 2nd Knucklehead
Hudhail Al-Amir SAT Man
Mia Bell Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown Little Chris
Nicole Brown Brandi-Age 10
Ceal Sheryl
Darneicea Corley Keisha
John Cothran Lewis Crump
Na'Blonka Durden Trina
Susan Falcon Mrs. Olaf
Dedrick D. Gobert Dooky
Redge Green Chris
Kareem J. Grimes Ice Cream Truck Kid
Tammy Hanson Rosa
Dee Dee Jacobs Renee
Kirk Kinder Officer Graham
Regina King Shalika
Jimmy Lee Newman Kid
Malcolm Norrington 1st Knucklehead
Esther Scott Tisha's Grandmother
Leonette Scott Tisha
Vonte Sweet Ric Rock
Baldwin C. Sykes Monster
Yolanda Whittaker Yo Yo
John Singleton Mailman (uncredited)

Technical Credits
John Singleton Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Bellamy Art Director
Bruce Cannon Editor
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Charles Mills Cinematographer
Bob Minor Stunts
Steve Nicolaides Producer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1-- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:53]
2. South Central [2:18]
3. Mr. Styles [1:51]
4. The agreement [2:06]
5. "You got him" [5:04]
6. House rules [1:52]
7. Burglary [3:23]
8. The neighbors [2:43]
9. With Chris [4:39]
10. Facts of life [4:04]
11. Seven Years Later [8:53]
12. Not old, better [3:27]
13. Tisha [2:55]
14. "I lied to Pops" [5:33]
15. Mama calls [5:18]
16. Lewis Crump [5:43]
17. S.A.T. test [1:22]
18. Furious [4:38]
19. On Crenshaw [4:47]
20. Pulled over [2:11]
21. With Brandi [3:56]
22. Miss Deveroux [3:01]
23. Doughboy & Ricky [5:05]
24. Cut [2:04]
25. Gang shooting [4:31]
26. "Give me the gun" [3:28]
27. Getting even [6:34]
28. Next morning [9:29]
Side #2
1. Start [:53]
2. South Central [2:18]
3. Mr. Styles [1:51]
4. The agreement [2:06]
5. "You got him" [5:04]
6. House rules [1:52]
7. Burglary [3:23]
8. The neighbors [2:43]
9. With Chris [4:39]
10. Facts of life [4:04]
11. Seven Years Later [8:53]
12. Not old, better [3:27]
13. Tisha [2:55]
14. "I lied to Pops" [5:33]
15. Mama calls [5:18]
16. Lewis Crump [5:43]
17. S.A.T. test [1:22]
18. Furious [4:38]
19. On Crenshaw [4:47]
20. Pulled over [2:11]
21. With Brandi [3:56]
22. Miss Deveroux [3:01]
23. Doughboy & Ricky [5:05]
24. Cut [2:04]
25. Gang shooting [4:31]
26. "Give me the gun" [3:28]
27. Getting even [6:34]
28. Next morning [9:29]

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