REVIEW: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Follow the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. as they forge their anger and inner-city frustrations into the most potent weapon imaginable: their music. In Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director's Cut fans can follow N.W.A.'s electrifying lyrics and unique sound, which introduced a truth that no one had heard before and exposed life in the hood igniting a social revolution that still reverberates today. The culturally relevant and explosively entertaining biopic is coming to Digital HD on January 5, 2016 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 19, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD versions include the exclusive Unrated Director's Cut that gives fans more of the N.W.A. story with 20 additional minutes of the film. Directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Friday), Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of five young rebels from South Central Los Angeles who, armed with only their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent, stood up to the authorities attempting to keep them down.
SYNOPSIS: Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels - armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent - stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
FILM REVIEW: The greatest
story ever told by the “Generation X” hip hop Moguls of our day.
Coupled with a well-written script by relative newcomer Andrea
Berloff, Straight Outta Compton weaves together the politics of
the time (Many of us remember Reaganomics and the 1992 Los
Angeles uprisings), the energy of a generation, and the story of
discarded youth whose voices forever changed the landscape of
Additionally, what a great cast assembled
here!!! Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis
Hodge play Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, respectively.
24-year-old O’Shea Jackson Jr. is tasked with portraying his
father, legendary rapper Ice Cube whilst making his acting debut
in this flick about the iconic rap group N.W.A. He not only
rises to the challenge, but he far exceeds expectations on every
level. It’s his uncanny ability to embody his father, from his
presence to his facial quirks that gives the film its extra
oomph. Paul Giamatti has a sort of weird role as the band’s
manager, Jerry Heller, who’s often utilized for comedic relief
but later becomes the guy everyone loathes.
Part of the
appeal of this flick is that it’s not only reliving the
memorable pop-culture moments but also seeing the humanity of
the characters, who are often regarded as one-dimensional thugs
who made it big by glamorizing violence and spouting
Straight Outta Compton is certainly
not a short movie and it has somewhat of a hard time sustaining
its blistering momentum from the first half. However, the first
half is such a crowd pleaser, that the film earned enough
goodwill to sustain itself through the end of a movie. So be
warned, yes, it does drag at times. Regardless, if you care
about the characters or the genre at all, Straight Outta Compton
will make you happy in a reminiscent type of way, if nothing
else. It’s just so great to see all of these characters and
their stories on the big screen.
Despite a few
drawbacks, Straight Outta Compton is still an amazing flick that
captures a tumultuous period of time (not very different from
the lives of African-Americans and other minorities’ struggles
today), and the birth of a movement that has changed the course
of hip-hop music and culture forever. Five out of five stars
would be a fair assessment here and certainly this is well worth
the theater visit with popcorn in tow.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French DTS
English SDH, Spanish and French
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DELETED SCENES BECOMING
N.W.A. – An in-depth look at how the producers and F.
Gary Gray tackled the challenging task of casting these larger
than life creators of gangster rap.
N.W.A. THE ORIGINS
– N.W.A. was a group that changed history. Dr. Dre, Ice
Cube, DJ Yella, and many others talk about their start in
the 80's and where it all began.
IMPACT – An exploration of the impactN.W.A. and specifically their breakout album that changed everything.
– Utilizing a large amount of stand up interviews, we
follow F. Gary Gray through the streets of Compton as he
brings together the story of the founders of gangsta rap.
FILMING IN COMPTON – Take a look through the lens
of Director F. Gary Gray as he perfected the authentic
feeling of what it was like to walk the streets of
N.W.A PERFORMS IN
DETROIT – We go behind the scenes of what this
performance meant to the original members of N.W.A. as
they saw their lyrics spark controversy against the
corruption of the police in Los Angeles, as well as the
thoughts of the actors performing the song on stage for