Boyz 'N the Hood [DVD] [1991]

  • SKU: 3423129
  • Release Date: 07/14/1998
  • Rating: R
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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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (461 out of 471)

    Special Features


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

    Synopsis


    Boyz 'N the Hood
    Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Boyz'N the Hood is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
      Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Tre Styles
    • Morris Chestnut
      Morris Chestnut - Ricky Baker
    • Ice Cube
      Ice Cube - Doughboy
    • Angela Bassett
      Angela Bassett - Reva Styles
    • Laurence Fishburne
      Laurence Fishburne - Furious Styles



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid film with a fair look into being raised.....

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      Waszak1977
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      Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Bragg but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's (Oppo) upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal. I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. Boys In the Hood was a Solid film that did a great job displaying the choices made available and the lifestyle of growing up in the hood. While it is no American History X, I still liked the film a lot ON BLU-RAY! The picture quality was significantly improved for anyone who had this on DVD. The Sound was just OK, I'm sorry but the score was lacking and there really isn't an emotional tone to marvel at. One thing that stood out against ALL others was the performance by Ice Cube. This is the only film I can recall where Ice Cube doesn't act like an over the top gangster in both language and body, yet this is the one film he is supposed to be that to the core.... What can I say about the rest of the cast! Gooding Jr. Was fantastic as was the remainder of the cast. Kudos to the director!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Urban Drama.

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      RaynMan2142
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      SYNOPSIS: Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), in tough South Central Los Angeles. Although his hard-nosed father instills proper values and respect in him, and his devout girlfriend Brandi (Nia Long) teaches him about faith, Tre's friends Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) don't have the same kind of support and are drawn into the neighborhood's booming drug and gang culture, with increasingly tragic results. Very strong performances from the cast. Used to own this great film on VHS and DVD. Spent far less on this Blu-ray compared to what I did for the previous formats I bought it on! Be sure to check out the rest of John Singleton's filmography.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Beautiful Case Representing A Classic Film

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      NYLady50
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      Boyz In The Hood is still a powerful drama set within the ghettos of Los Angeles during the 90's. A riveting, coming of age story that is engaging, heartbreaking, and expresses a truth that is relevant even today. As for this edition, it is a beautiful graffiti case that represents the film as well as being loaded with a good amount of featurettes, commentary with director John Singleton, and music videos based on the great soundtrack from the film. A great purchase and a timeless classic of transitioning from young adult to manhood as well as being stuck between progressing and regressing as human beings.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      BoyZ n the hood classic

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      TheHornet
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      I remember reading reviews for this movie when I was a teenager. We were a little late getting to the theater when we saw it the first time. We were a little confused as the boys were young in the beginning of the film. It’s a good movie and depicted the late 80s in Compton well I think. Decent acting from all. Some of my friends were sad at the end. Anyway I consider this a classic “hood” movie along w menace II society & a few others...

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A good movie

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      Nick
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      This movie had a lot of great elements. The performances were great, I cared for the characters, and it had an overall interesting plot. My main issue was the first quarter of the movie. I know that this was necessary for setting up the story and characters, but the execution left a lot to be desired. It had a made for tv feel to it in the beginning. As for the steelbook itself, it is one of my favorite looking steelbooks I have.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must-see classic.

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      Paul
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      This classic paved the way, along with Spike Lee's films, for African American film makers. It was john Singleton's and his cast's & crew's milestone movie of life in LA in the early 90s, centering on the legendary rivalry between the bloods & the crips. Stirring, creative, violent beneath the calm surface. Highly recommended. I hadn't seen since it was first released, and had forgotten how great it was. And still is.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A modern ‘gang’ masterpiece

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      Hushvinyl
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      Boys N the Hood has been, in many ways, lost to time. When it released, however? It was appreciated for the powerful and wonderfully made film that it was. John singleton became the first African American nominated for director at the Academy Awards and it is well deserved! The Blu-ray transfer is great and the steel booklet is a stylish homage to its themes

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Reality show.

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      Steton2003
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      Great movie that can show the urban area in Los Angeles. Coincidently, Lloyd Avery II died in prison after he was strangled and struck on the head by Kevin Roby in 2005.Two others characters were Dedrick D. Gobert who was fatally shot during a fight with several gang members in Mira Loma, California in 1994 and Lexie Bigham died in a car accident in Los Angeles on December 17, 1995. This is so sad in real life.

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