John Singleton Collection

The John Singleton Collection

Director: John Singleton

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Janet Jackson, Omar Epps

     
 

Director John Singleton's first three feature films each get a strong presentation in this three-disc box set. Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning have all been given letterboxed transfers at their original widescreen aspect ratios of 1.85:1, which have also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (Poetic…  See more details below

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Director John Singleton's first three feature films each get a strong presentation in this three-disc box set. Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning have all been given letterboxed transfers at their original widescreen aspect ratios of 1.85:1, which have also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (Poetic Justice also includes a second pan-and-scan transfer at the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1.) All three films feature audio mastered in Dolby Digital Surround with a choice of English, French, and Spanish soundtracks. (Higher Learning also includes an English audio track remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Portuguese-dubbed version in Dolby Digital Surround.) The sole bonus item on Boyz N The Hood is the film's original theatrical trailer, while Poetic Justice and Higher Learning both feature commentary tracks from Singleton, original theatrical trailers, and biographies and credits for the key creative personnel.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most successful and provocative African-American directors to emerge in the wake of Spike Lee's trailblazing success, John Singleton consistently lends his creative voice to commendable projects that explore problems unique to the black community. This DVD box set collects three of his best movies. Boyz N the Hood (1991), his impressive, attention-grabbing first film (and, to many critics, still his best), deals with the efforts of divorced father Laurence Fishburne to steer his young son away from the destructive and senseless violence that permeates their South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Poetic Justice (1993) features pop star Janet Jackson in her first starring role, playing a South Central beautician who shuns the world after her boyfriend is murdered. Rapper Tupac Shakur is surprisingly effective as the mailman whose attentiveness wins her over. Somewhat more ambitious is Higher Learning (1995), an ensemble piece set at a large university where students divided along racial, ethnic, and sexual lines try to find common ground. Fishburne plays a professor who takes the angry student-athlete Omar Epps under his wing, and Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport, Busta Rhymes, and Tyra Banks fill out the cast. While Singleton occasionally succumbs to melodramatic urges, his films deal with complex issues in generally mature and thoughtful ways, and nowhere is this more evident than in the three early works collected in this box set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0043396067691
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
5:48:00

Special Features

Higher Learning and Poetic Justice: director's commentary; scene selections; filmographies; theatrical trailers; Boyz N The Hood: theatrical trailers

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- John Singleton Collection
1. Start [2:40]
2. Incoming Freshman Class [4:56]
3. Roomates [6:14]
4. Taryn Meets Kristen [3:55]
5. Political Science 101 [6:23]
6. Moving Out [3:36]
7. Fun & Games [3:08]
8. Kristin & Billy [8:59]
9. Fudge's Library [1:34]
10. Remy Meets Scott [2:31]
11. Semester Assignment [10:44]
12. Miss Deja [1:44]
13. Remy's New Family [10:13]
14. "No Means No" [:51]
15. Skinhead Attack [6:01]
16. Guns [1:15]
17. Two Lovers [8:12]
18. Pulling a Gun [6:46]
19. "Information is Power" [5:16]
20. Fighting Supremacists [4:46]
21. Remy Enters the Race War [2:57]
22. The Peace Fest [3:50]
23. "Shoot Remy, Shoot!" [3:49]
24. On the Stairwell [1:37]
25. Standoff [4:58]
26. Malik's Future [2:22]
27. "This is All My Fault" [3:21]
28. Unlearn [4:55]
Disc #2, Side A -- John Singleton Collection
1. Start [2:20]
2. The Drive-In [7:01]
3. At Jessie's [4:03]
4. Lucky [7:53]
5. Keisha & Her Mom [10:22]
6. Home Alone [3:08]
7. Lucky & His Mom [5:02]
8. The Oakland Run [1:55]
9. Getting Acquainted [1:42]
10. Justice Hits the Road [6:55]
11. Drinkin' and Drivin' [3:18]
12. Johnson Family Reunion [1:04]
13. Cousin Pete [2:13]
14. Calendar Sisters [1:00]
15. Ice Begins to Thaw [3:43]
16. Making a Scene [1:10]
17. On the Road Again [1:01]
18. Honest Words [1:48]
19. Creative Talk [3:21]
20. The Cultural Faire [3:21]
21. Sixty-Second Man [1:41]
22. Chicago Breakdown [11:47]
23. Lucky's Cousin [4:54]
24. Fight Strategy [2:54]
25. The Next Morning [2:35]
26. At the Show [3:20]
27. Back at Jessie's [2:05]
28. Apology Accepted [7:13]
Disc #2, Side B -- John Singleton Collectio
1. Start [2:20]
2. The Drive-In [7:01]
3. At Jessie's [4:03]
4. Lucky [7:53]
5. Keisha & Her Mom [10:22]
6. Home Alone [3:08]
7. Lucky & His Mom [5:02]
8. The Oakland Run [1:55]
9. Getting Acquainted [1:42]
10. Justice Hits the Road [6:55]
11. Drinkin' and Drivin' [3:18]
12. Johnson Family Reunion [1:04]
13. Cousin Pete [2:13]
14. Calendar Sisters [1:00]
15. Ice Begins to Thaw [3:43]
16. Making a Scene [1:10]
17. On the Road Again [1:01]
18. Honest Words [1:48]
19. Creative Talk [3:21]
20. The Cultural Faire [3:21]
21. Sixty-Second Man [1:41]
22. Chicago Breakdown [11:47]
23. Lucky's Cousin [4:54]
24. Fight Strategy [2:54]
25. The Next Morning [2:35]
26. At the Show [3:20]
27. Back at Jessie's [2:05]
28. Apology Accepted [7:13]
Disc #3, Side A -- John Singleton Collectio
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]
Disc #3, Side B -- John Singleton Collectio
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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