The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures - 1991
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 112 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Portuguese/Thai/German/Spanish/Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Regina King,
Written & Directed by: John Singleton
Music by: Stanley Clarke
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 19, 2011
"Increase the peace"
Three friends struggle to survive in South Central Los Angeles where friendship, pain, danger, and love form a true picture of life in the 'hood in this critically acclaimed, action-filled story.
BOYZ N THE HOOD is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality. "The Hood" is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. But it is also a place where harmony coexists with adversity, especially for three young men growing up there: Doughboy (Ice Cube), his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond "The Hood." In a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings. Tre's resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Laurence Fishburne) who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.
This groundbreaking film is a cultural expose that is specific to the black urban experience in South Central Los Angeles. Watching it now it seems just a bit passé but its message as a statement piece remains constant. It has been years since I have seen Boyz n the hood. I recall its original impact and am reminded of how it boldly speaks from the heart in its depiction of the trappings faced by these young men. Listening to writer/director John Singleton talk about the film and how events in his life served as its catalyst are very interesting. Boyz n the hood has lost none of its luster in the twenty years since its release. It is a compelling and gritty drama that pulls few punches and holds a level of significance that is still in effect today.
The rating is for language, violence and sensuality.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Boyz n the hood comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 mbps.
This high definition presentation delivered fair to good overall image quality that appeared faithful to the film’s original elements. Its high definition video offered an appreciable level of detail during close ups and certain wide angle camera shots. The exterior shots of the South Central locations looked vivid with naturally rendered colors and stable resolution. The majority of the time the visuals didn’t have a high level of image penetration. Sharpness was good but occasionally inconsistent as the image softened at times. The variety of period colors and earth toned hues were reproduced well. Blacks were a little washed out had a bit more punch when onscreen with mixed light/dark elements Grain is preserved naturally and is noticeable throughout. Occasionally it takes on more prominence but I didn’t find it to be problematic. While this presentation lacks the polish of today’s newer films being released on Blu-ray Disc, I think it offers an improvement over any previous home video release and looks fair in high definition.
The lossless audio mix made ample use of the surround platform and sounded quite good. This is a fairly active soundtrack that contains elements that are typical of the genre. Dialogue was perfectly intelligible with good intonation and discernible texture that balanced well with the tracks other recorded sounds. The surround channels and subwoofer saw consistent use and added low level punch and ambient detail that enhanced the film’s thematic delivery. The associated hip hop rhythms and instances of gunfire etc. had fair dynamic impact and clarity. The low frequency effects energized the room on a few occasions and sounded decent. Overall I thought that this mix offered good surround sound envelopment, clearly rendered dialogue and above average dynamics which supported to film’s elements just fine.
- Commentary with director John Singleton
- (HD) The enduring significance of Boyz n the hood – 28 minute documentary
- Friendly fire: Making of an urban legend – 43 minute documentary
- 2 Deleted scenes
- Music videos – “Growin’ up in the hood” by Compton’s most wanted, “Just ask me to” by Tevin Campbell
- Audition videos – 4 segments with interactive playback
- BD-Live enabled
John Singleton’s Boyz n the hood is a groundbreaking cultural expose that speaks to the black urban experience in South Central Los Angeles. It has lost none of its luster in the twenty years since its release and is a compelling and gritty drama that pulls few punches while holding a level of significance that is still in effect today. Fans are sure to appreciate the inclusion of the bonus supplements contained on the 2003 DVD release as well as a new documentary that examines the enduring significance of the film. If you enjoy this classic film this offering from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment makes a worthy addition to your Blu-ray library.
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