WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Boyz N The Hood

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Larry Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell & Angela Bassett

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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This is the debut feature of 23-year old John Singleton who discusses his film and its production in straightforward terms on analog track 2. Included are two scenes cut from the final release print.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1289L
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 9/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Singleton
(Screenplay/Written By): John Singleton
(Story): NA
(Music): Stanley Clarke
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Bruce Cannon
(Supervising Sound Editors):
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Steve Nicolaides

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Writer-director John Singleton’s acclaimed Boyz N The Hood is a heavy dose of nervous reality that is emotionally riveting. It tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy who is sent by his mother to live with his father in the gang-plagued South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles where he is confronted with the daily assaults and incitements of a world poisoned by poverty, violence, and racism. This is a powerful film depicting the desperate struggles for survival, the horror of the inner-city world of drive-by shootings, and the seemingly unbreakable cycle of violence and hopelessness

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 digital video transfer was made from an intermediate positive with the 2 track magnetic Dolby Stereo® master. The color fidelity is excellent as is the pristine picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is not exceptional with music providing limited subtle surround envelopment. The sound is essentially mono.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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