The Academy Award-nominated film comes to Blu-Ray. John Singleton's was only 24 when he made his directorial debut with this sobering tale of life in South Central Los Angeles. Teenager Tre Styles and his friends have it tough growing up in a neighborhoodravaged by gang violence. While his father tries to impart wisdom to him, Tre struggles to walk the straight path that so many of his friends have strayed from. Even though BOYZ spawned a whole sub genre of films dealing with inner city violence, Singleton adeptly tackles a myriad of issues that aren't just confined to the African-American community. With a gripping story and intense performances by Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, and Lawrence Fishburne, BOYZ remains as much a cultural phenomena of a film asit did in its debut two decades previously.
Boyz N the Hood is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality. "The Hood" is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. But it is also a place where harmony coexists with adversity, especially for three young men growing up there: Doughboy (Ice Cube), an unmotivated drug dealer; his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond "The Hood." in a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings. Tre's resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Larry Fishburne)who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.