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'Do The Right Thing' and 'Clockers' Coming To Blu-Ray (But...)

by Sergio
September 10, 2013 10:43 AM
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But there's a slight catch...

It's really a shame that most of Spike Lee's films are not available on blu-ray, but Universal Home Video, in an effort to somewhat correct that oversight, has announced that they will release both Do the Right Thing and his sadly overlooked Clockers on blu-ray on Nov 4th.

Well, that is the UK branch of Universal Home Video.

That's right.The blu-rays are being relased by Universal Home Video in the U.K. not in the U.S. There's no explanation from Universal for this decision. Do they think there's no audience for Spike's films in the U.S.? Seriously?

The good news though is that Universal blu-ray releases are usually region-free (I have a couple myself), so you can play them on domestic blu-ray players, and not worry about getting an all region DVD player to watch them.

However, the other troubling news is that, according to the announcement of the DVD releases "there are no special features listed for these upcoming releases."

I assume that they mean "none listed at this time, but will be announced later." I hope that's what they mean. How can you release new blu-rays of both films without any special features at all? That's unthinkable.

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  • Corey | September 10, 2013 10:42 PMReply

    All the movies except She's Gotta Have are shown on HD movie channels, my dvr has them locked to not erase, so why haven't they just done a box set like Tarantino. I would seriously buy it.

  • sergio | September 10, 2013 11:31 PM

    Which means there's no reason not to release them on blu-ray. The DVD of Summer of Sam on Disney Home Video, in particular, is dreadful. A non-anmorphic DVD struck from a sub-par print. A shame since it might be Spike's most overlooked and ambitious picture (even more overlooked than Clockers) A film that people hated at the time because it wasn't the flat out suspense serial killer thriller people thought it was going to be, but instead is a much more complex and layered film

  • Daryl | September 10, 2013 10:05 PMReply

    Sergio you right, Clockers is an overlooked great film. Spike Lee took the hood story and turned it into a film noir with social conscious overtones. The direction,cinematography, script, and acting is great.

  • Donella | September 10, 2013 6:56 PMReply

    A lot of people slept on Clockers and a young Mekhi Pfeiffer.

  • Brian | September 10, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    The good news is "Do The Right Thing" was released on blu here in the US a few years ago, so we're set! It comes packed with bonus material, but there is an issue with the color timing. The blu is still well worth it.

    I really wish more of Spike's movies made their way to blu. They could use the upgrade from the ancient discs they were released on years ago.

  • sergio | September 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    You're correct that Do the Right Thing has been released before in the U.S. on blu-ray but Clockers hasn't. And where's Mo' zBetter Blues (which would look fantastic on blu-ray) and Jungle Fever? Spike himself told me over a year ago that The 25 Hour was coming out on blu-ray so far that hasn't happened

  • LeonRaymond | September 10, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    I tell you White folk never tire of trying every which way to screw us, delay us, side track us, confuse us!

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