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  • Actors: Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Tyra Ferrell, Angela Bassett
  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Producers: Steve Nicolaides
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QGO3FU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thought-provoking drama from John Singleton. Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a young African-American, is sent to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles. Despite his earnest attempts to stay out of trouble, he and his friends are drawn into local gang violence. Eventually he finds that he must choose between a life surrounded by crime and his desire to leave the neighbourhood and get a college education.

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John Singleton, at the age of 23, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut film, Boyz n the Hood. The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, and Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in his first starring role in a feature film. Gooding plays Tre Styles, a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His father, Furious (Fishburne), is divorced and living away from Tre and his mother (Basset), but he's still involved in Tre's upbringing, teaching him responsibility and the values of right and wrong. Meanwhile, Tre's childhood buddies Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube) are living their lives in terms of the epidemic of violence and poverty that has plagued their neighborhood. Ricky, a talented football player, strives to get a full athletic scholarship to college. If only his SAT scores were higher. Doughboy lives a life full of crime but still remains true to his friends. The obstacles that these three young men come across result in dire consequences, devastatingly avoidable and inevitable at the same time. Boyz n the Hood is a landmark film beyond its commercial success, presenting a portrait of South Central in the late '80s and early '90s as painted by Singleton (who grew up in that neighborhood), achieving accuracy and dramatic resonance in this story of at-risk youth. --Shannon Gee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 26 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
If you ever wanted a great example of pure cinema drama at its finest, "Boyz N the Hood" is it. It didn't take long for me to completely involve myself during the viewing of this film. It's powerful, sad, scary, and filled with heart. This is one of those films that completely takes you by surprise by giving you something that you weren't expecting at all. John Singleton's directorial debut doesn't fail to shine for one second in this human-drama powerhouse.
The film focuses around three friends who live in South Central, Los Angeles; a place where drugs, guns, and violence appears to be around every corner. The three friends are Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy. Tre's father has tried his best to raise Tre into becoming a real man; supplying him with knowledge and wisdom. Ricky has dreams of being a professional football player while his brother, Doughboy, is always getting into some kind of trouble, whether it be with the law or the neighborhood gang-bangers. In the end, the film is about choices and how every action can set off a chain of events.
In the exclusive documentary that's included on this 2-Disc Anniversary Edition DVD, John Singleton says that this was the movie he was born to make, and he's able to show us exactly that and nothing less. Making the movie was taking a pretty big risk, as there was nothing quite like it on the market; however, that didn't stop him from delivering an incredible debut that really stands out from the rest. The main misconception of this movie is that people are willing to automatically assume that the movie is violent and is only about violence (these being people who have never watched the movie) when in actuality, the film focuses more on the aftermath of violent acts rather than the actual acts being carried out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "janine_rafferty" on 20 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
In the beginning this film may appear to be an excuse to show violence and poverty on screen but it quickley develops into a powerful story focusing on a group of friends as they grow older. The story mainly focuses on Doughboy, Ricky (who are brothers) and, Tre. Ricky and Tre are determined to make something of themselves and work their way out of the violent neighbourhood that they have been living in. And when a rival gang kills one of the friends the others must take revenge. Despite what you may think, this is not an overly violent film, dont get me wrong, there are scenes of violence near the end which are graphic but the whole film is not like that. There is a lot of swearing so if you have trouble with bad language then maybe this isnt your type of film. But on the whole it is a powerful drama, a film about everlasting friendship, and overall a fantastic film. Deffinetly worthy of your viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2015
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John Singleton’s 1991 LA-based 'gang drama’ was made in the midst of a whole range of films attempting to address the 'race issue’ in the US, notably the likes of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever and Mario van Peebles’ New Jack City, but whereas Lee’s films (in particular) looked (predominantly) at black vs non-black race issues, Singleton’s drama focuses specifically on social issues (gang violence, poverty, sexism, education) within the black community. Indeed, Singleton’s opening intertitles, spelling out the 'problem’ in terms of the proportion of US 'black on black’ (male) killings, make for shocking reading (and it appears that, sadly, urban deprivation and violence within the US black community are still as much of an issue over two decades later).

Although Singleton’s film has been badged as a 'gang drama’ its scope is actually more wide-ranging and subtle than that. Using as its basis the father-son relationship between Laurence Fishburne’s level-headed, responsible father (and, what I would call, 'light activist’) Jason Styles and Cuba Gooding Jr’s teenage son, Tre, Singleton develops a 'coming of age’ drama, but also touches on the related issues of dysfunctional families, teenage parenting, educational aspirations and police brutality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2011
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1991

"One out of every twenty-one Black American males will be murdered in their lifetime"

"Most will die at the hands of another Black male"

"Increase The Peace" is the closing message of John Singleton's powerful, intelligent and affecting call for calm in South Central Los Angeles. Often mistakenly presumed by those who haven't seen it to be a film that glamorises violence, Singleton's debut film takes us into South Central and holds us there by just shooting the story. No trickery or overtly moralistic posturing from the director {and writer}, just an unpretentious look at life in a modern ghetto.

The story follows three black teenagers as they ponder on what life holds for them as adulthood lurks from around the corner. Brothers Doughboy {Ice Cube} and Ricky Baker {Morris Chestnut} and best friend Tre Styles {Cuba Gooding Jr}, each have the usual worries that come with leaving the teenage years behind. Parents, girls, careers, not returning to the pen! But this is no ordinary coming of age drama, we have been party to this neighbourhood that these boys live in. This is a place where a trip to the store can get you killed in a drive by shooting. A place where those keen to learn, and do their homework have their muse shattered by the frequent sound of gunshots and sirens filling the South Central night.

Tho Singleton can be accused of painting some of his characters as too saintly, he should be forgiven since this is after all, a message movie. Besides which his portrait of this particular neighbourhood is done from honest memory since he himself be a former youth of South Central LA. There in lies one of Boyz's trump cards, Singleton, thru his own observations, asks of those in "The Hood" to take responsibility for what they do.
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