Do the right thing /
a Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee joint ; produced, written and directed by Spike Lee.
Director-approved two Blu-ray special edition.
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (107 pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm)
1681436167, 9781681436166
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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
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contents note
disc one. [Feature film; Special features] -- disc two. [Special features].
credits note
Director of photography, Ernest Dickerson ; editor, Barry Alexander Brown ; music, Bill Lee.
general note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.
Special features on disc one: new 4K digital restoration; audio commentary from 1995 featuring director Spike Lee, cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee; Behind the scenes: footage shot during preproduction and at block party celebrating the film's wrap and an introduction recorded in 2000 by Lee; deleted and extended scenes; The riot sequence: original storyboards; trailer and two TV spots -- Special features on disc two: Making "Do the right thing," a documentary from 1988 by St. Clair Bourne; new interviews with costume designer Ruth E. Carter, camera assistant Darnell Martin, New York City Council member Robert Cornegy Jr., and writer Nelson George; interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown from 2000; programs from 2000 and 2009 featuring Lee and members of the cast and crew; Twenty years later, an interview program from 2009 featuring Lee and members of the cast and crew; music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the power," directed by Lee, with remarks from rapper Chuck D; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1989 -- In booklet: an essay by critic Vinson Cunningham and extensive excerpts from the journal Lee kept during the preparation for and production of the film.
Wide screen (1.85:1 aspect ratio).
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage, Rosie Perez.
It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tensions are growing, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria. Mookie is Sal's delivery boy. Radio Raheem has the letters of love and hate written on his hands. He is defiant and together with a motivated Buggin Out, push Sal and his sons to their breaking point. The cops intervene, using force and brutality to apprehend the large Radio Raheem. He is unwilling to succumb to the over-excessive brutality of the police and the racist views of Sal and his family. The overzealous police officers don't understand the repercussions of the violence they just unleashed. The neighbors band together to protest this extreme form of pure, toxic bigotry. Mob mentality takes over and the other local non-African American store owners become threatened. Tempers flare and rage is in the air.
language note
In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
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MPAA rating: R.
technical details
Blu-ray; region A; 16:9 wide screen presentation; 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio.
This Blu-ray disc will not play on standard DVD players.

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