New Release: Boyz N the Hood Blu-ray

Boyz N the HoodDirector John Singleton’s acclaimed 1991 crime drama Boyz N the Hood made its way to high-definition Blu-ray on July 19, 2011. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brought out the film in a 20th Anniversary Edition priced at $19.95.

Nominated for two Academy Awards, the movie tells the story of three friends growing up on the streets of Los Angeles’ South Central. Ice Cube (Lottery Ticket) stars as Doughboy, an unambitious drug dealer; Morris Chestnut (TV’s V) as his brother Ricky, a college-bound teenage father; and Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Hit List) as Ricky’s best friend Tre, who aspires to get out of the Hood. Laurence Fishburne (Armored) plays Gooding Jr.’s strong father. Of course, as they try to get out, a tragedy pulls them back in and violence seems like the only answer.

The Oscars Boyz N the Hood was nominated for were Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, both for Singleton.

Boyz N the Hood Blu-ray boxMost of the special features on the new Blu-ray were on the two-DVD Boyz N the Hood Anniversary Edition released in 2003, except the high-definition version will have the new featurette “The Enduring Significance of Boyz N the Hood,” in which the cast and filmmakers look back at the movie’s influence in the last 20 years.

Here’s the rest of the extras on the disc:

  • commentary with Singleton
  • featurette “Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend”
  • audition videos with Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Chestnut and Tyra Ferrell
  • deleted scenes
  • music videos from Compton’s Most Wanted and Tevin Campbell

Remember the movie? Here’s the trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.