When Boyz N the Hood was released in 1991, I wasn’t even 10 years old. Needless to say, I didn’t see Boyz N the Hood when it was in theaters. Even years later, after I had acquired a taste for movies, I didn’t jump at the chance to watch the movie. After all, it’s titled “Boyz N the Hood”.
Finally, sometime between Shaft and Baby Boy, I decided it was time to check it out. John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood is an excellent movie, a drama with fierce acting, an emotional story and engaging, colorful characters. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube deliver spot-on performances and are supported by a great cast that includes Laurence Fishburne (billed as “Larry”, funny enough) and Morris Chestnut.
Boyz N the Hood came to Blu-Ray for the first time this week and out of the kindness of their hearts and nothing else – except for evoking some reason for audiences to invest in the Blu-Ray version of the film – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has included a new featurette, which features interviews with the cast looking back on the enduring legacy of the film.
The featurette, combined with another DVD classic “Making of An Urban Legend”, provides a detailed view at the challenges and significance of Boyz N the Hood. Most of the cast, Singleton and producer Steve Nicolaides contribute, explaining the inspiration for the film, the challenges the production faced, casting decisions and critical and audience reception.
Other bonus features include some deleted scenes, audio commentary by John Singleton and audition videos featuring Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut and Tyra Ferrell. There are also a couple of music videos.
Boyz N the Hood is a great movie that belongs in every collection. Still, while the limited bonus features are good, Blu-Ray doesn’t add a whole lot to the picture – and it doesn’t come with a DVD or digital copy, either.