6 items from 2009
DVD Playhouse—July 2009
Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents »
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Chicago – I can still vividly remember seeing Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”. For a teenager just becoming interested in the world of film, it was life-changing. And it still resonates as one of the best films of the ’80s and a searing commentary on the state of race relations in the big city. The 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition of Lee’s amazing film is a must-own.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 It’s almost hard to believe that people born the year that “Do the Right Thing” came out are in college already. What’s most remarkable is how little the film has aged. Perhaps it’s a sad commentary on civil rights, but does anyone think that “Do the Right Thing” wouldn’t be just as relevant and powerful if it came out in 2009 instead of 1989?
Do the Right Thing was released on Blu-Ray on June 30th, 2009.
Photo credit: Universal
Still Lee’s best film, »
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DVD Release Date: June 30
Director/Writer: Spike Lee
Cinematographer: Ernest Dickerson
Studio/Run Time: Universal, 120 mins.
Spike Lee's searing masterpiece turns 20
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a camera glides over a street with a sprawling population of blacks, Italians and Koreans, who together endure a mercilessly hot summer afternoon. Fragile harmony is in the air, but racial unease is never too far off—within the first several minutes, one character has evoked Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, figures whose influence looms over the entire movie. »
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD releases this week. Plus, some old favorites coming out this week on Blu-Ray.
* Barbra Streisand: Live in Concert 2006 (Blu-Ray)
* Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience (DVD and Blu-Ray)
* Ted Nugent: Motor City Mayhem–6,000th Concert (Blu-Ray)
Classic and Previously Released Movies:
- Joe Gillis
It.s been 20 years since Spike Lee.s defining film hit theaters and Universal produces this fine edition to celebrate. The previous edition from was Criterion, but this new one adds some added value special features that will make fans want to snatch this one up. Just don.t start a riot on your way to your local video shop to pick it up. Sal Frangione (Danny Aiello) owns the local pizzeria in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The shop has been in the area for twenty-five years but the neighborhood is mostly populated with African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. Mookie (Spike Lee) is a young black man who delivers pizzas for Sal, lives with his sister Jade (Joie Lee, Spike.s real sister), »
- Jeff Swindoll
This is an oldie, and, seemingly a forgotten one, but an absolute goodie. I say forgotten because nobody seems to know what the hell I'm talking about when I bring up the film's title. Hell (no pun intended...well, maybe it was a bit) nobody even chimes in and says "You mean that biblical thing?" Nothing. So, I'm here to fill the gap. Released in 1990, Jacob's Ladder was directed by the same dude who did 9 1/2 Weeks and Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne) and starring a very young-looking Tim Robbins, amongst a number of other big actors including Liz Pena, Danny Aiello, Ving Rhames, George Costa »
6 items from 2009
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