WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Boyz N The Hood

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Larry Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell & Angela Bassett

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79096
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 9/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Singleton
(Screenplay/Written By): John Singleton
(Story): NA
(Music): Stanley Clarke
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(Production Designer): NA
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(Editor): Bruce Cannon
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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): 1.87:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Writer-director John Singletonís 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:
This new digital 1.87:1 matted transfer is not as refined at the previous. Colors are over saturated and there is noise and grain in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is not exceptional with music providing limited subtle surround envelopment. The sound is essentially mono.
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