Boyz N the Hood (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview


Studio Sony
SKU 221179250
UPC 043396341944
UPC 14 00043396341944
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/19/2011
Rating Rating
African American Culture
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Los Angeles, California
Race Relations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note John Singleton emerged from USC film school with his passionate script already written, and at age 23 he made the film that spawned a score of ghetto dramas. From the opening shot--a sign reading "Stop"--to the final message of "Increase the Peace," Singleton's desire to galvanize his audience is clear. The violence destroying South Central Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), whose intelligence and common sense would be wasted in the 'hood if not for his father, Furious (Laurence Fishburne), who imparts discipline and responsibility to his son. Tre's friends aren't so lucky, though, especially Doughboy (Ice Cube), who has been in and out of institutions since childhood and now sits on his porch with a forty in his hand and a pistol in his waistband. Singleton is ambitious enough to tackle a host of problems, from African American business practices to the bias of the SAT test, but the real power of the film lies in the performances of its principals. Cuba Gooding, in his first role, doesn't let Tre come off like a goody two-shoes, while Ice Cube gives a tragic nobility to a young man who knows he's doomed.
Plot Summary
Summary Since the age of 10, Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has been living with his father in South Central Los Angeles--where the challenge lies in simply staying alive long enough to become a man. To make matters worse, Tre's friend Doughboy (Ice Cube) is on the wrong path. John Singleton's directorial debut is part bildungsroman, part gangster film, part call-to-arms for an African American community besieged by violence, drug use, teen pregnancy, and AIDS.
Rolling Stone "...Impressive....Powerfully affecting..." 08/08/1991 p.78
New York Times "...[A] terrifically confident first feature....[Fishburne endows] enormous dignity and grace..."| 07/12/1991 p.C1
USA Today "...BOYZ N THE HOOD juggles a half-dozen characters with remarkable ease, never losing sight of their destination....Singleton has made the punchiest feature debut in recent memory..." 07/12/1991 p.1D
Film Comment "...The movie has value. It corners moviegoers, almost at cinematic knife point, and tells them what they need and don't want to know..." 09/01/1991 p.2-4
Los Angeles Times "...Strong and striking....Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do....A debut to remember..." 07/12/1991 p.F1
Premiere "[I]t's ultimately a tender tragedy about the powerful influence, good and bad, of family and friends." 12/01/2003 p.14
Uncut "It's characterised by Singleton's unflinching storytelling, plus a career-best performance from Cuba Gooding Jr...." 08/01/2004 p.134
A.V. Club "Singleton set out to make his MEAN STREETS, capturing both the daily threat of violence and the enduring sense of community in the neighborhood where he grew up, and BOYZ N THE HOOD gets that across fairly often." 08/17/2011
Entertainment Weekly "At the time, it was a revelation....[With] strong performances from Fishburne and acting newbie Ice Cube..." -- Grade: B 07/22/2011
John Singleton
Laurence Fishburne
Cuba Gooding
Cast & Crew
Nia Long - Star
Ceal - Star
Regina King - Star
Lloyd Avery II - Star
Dee Dee Jacobs - Star
Vonte Sweet - Star
Susan Falcon - Star
Baldwin C. Sykes - Star
Laurence Fishburne - Star
John Cothran Jr. - Star
Don Nelson - Star
Mia Bell - Star
Kirk Kinder - Star
Raymond D. Turner - Star
Dedrick D. Gobert - Star
Yolanda Whittaker - Star
Nicole Brown - Star
Desi Arrnez Hines - Star
Morris Chestnut - Star
Meta King - Star
Valentino Harrison - Star
Hudhail Al-Amir - Star
Baha Jackson - Star
Donovan McCrary - Star
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Star
Darneicea Corley - Star
Jimmy Lee Newman - Star
Na'Blonka Durden - Star
Leonette Scott - Star
Kenneth A. Brown - Star
Tammy Hanson - Star
Esther Scott - Star
Ice Cube - Star
Tyra Ferrell - Star
Kareem Grimes - Star
Malcolm Norrington - Star
Angela Bassett - Star
Leslie Bigham - Star
Leanear Lane - Star
Redge Green - Star
Whitman Mayo - Star
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson - Star
Alysia M. Rogers - Star
John Singleton - Screenwriter
Charles Mills - Director of Photography
Bruce Cannon - Editor
Stanley Clarke - Composer
John Singleton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
UPC 00043396341944
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, German
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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