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Baby Boy
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 56 (Jan 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Tyrese Gibson, Omar Gooding, A.J. Johnson, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dogg, Tamara LaSeon Bass & Ving Rhames

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes commentary, a making-of special, storyboard comparisons, deleted and alternate scenes, outtakes, bloopers, The Kiki & Boo Show, trailers & TV spots, and two music videos.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06458
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexuality, language, violence and some drug use.
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/06/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Singleton
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
John Singleton returns to South Central, L.A. for Baby Boy to tell the story of Jody (Tyrese), a 20-year-old African-American who is trying to live large, but is jobless with two children by two different women, and still lives with his 36-year-old mama (Johnson). While facing the burdens of adult responsibility, he also contends with a troubled friend (Gooding), new adversary (Dogg), and his mother's reformed gangster live-in boyfriend (Rhames). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits sharp and well-defined images, with nicely rendered textures and facial details, though some scenes are softly focused. Colors are rich and warm, with accurately rendered fleshtones and deep blacks. There is some edge enhancement and occasional pixelization detected, but overall the picture is quite satisfying and easy-on-the-eyes. (Suzanne Hodges)

The audio presentation is a standout in terms of dynamic range and dimensional scope. The music is the Dolby