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Straight Out Of Compton Blu Ray DVD Review

During a time before the Internet and Napster and the ability to download music NWA was a group that was spreading virally via mixtapes handed off from friend to friend spreading through the streets of LA like wildfire! Growing up in LA during this time music was a big influence on my brothers and I who were living in the very streets where violence was common and the authorities were as feared as the thugs they are paid to protect us from. From the Crips and the Bloods street battle to the Rodney King Riots, the lower middle class of Los Angeles in the late 80’s and early 90’s was a time where you could cut the social tension in the air and you could be shot for the color of your shows. F. Gary Gray directs a talented cast and captures the personal struggles the young group of friends suddenly thrust into  level of fame never seen before!

Straight  out of Compton shows us the behind the scenes drama with rise of one of the most notorious and outspoken rap groups in US history,NWA! During a pivotal social change in Los Angeles NWa’s impact on the people was immediate and relevant. They were the people’s voice against an oppressive police force and a society growing tired of the abuse and not being heard.
Straight out of Compton gives an inside view to the struggle and the relationships of the band members and those who tried to help and hurt the group of lifelong friends from the ghettos of LA. Produced by Dre and Ice Cube and starring the son of Ice Cube himself, O’Shea Jackson,Jr., straight Outta Compton is one of the best biography band movies ever made and worth re-watching.

FILMMAKERS:

Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, Paul Giamatti

Directed By:  F. Gary Gray

Screenplay By: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff

Story By:  S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff

Produced By:  Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre

Executive Produced By:  Will Packer, Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni,

Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique, ASC

Production Designer: Shane Valentino

Edited By: Billy Fox, Michael Tronick

Music By:  Joseph Trapanese

Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 19, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM:

  • 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.
  • NEVER BEFORE SEEN PERFORMANCE 

 

BLU-RAYTM AND DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • 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 impact N.W.A. and specifically their breakout album that changed everything.
  • DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY – 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.
  • THE STREETS: 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 Compton.
  • 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 the movie.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR/PRODUCER F. GARY GRAY