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Title:
Do the right thing
Uniform Title:
Do the right thing (Motion picture)
Edition:
20th anniversary ed.
Publication Information:
Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
Blu-ray disc, widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround, Dolby DTS 5.1 surround, BD-50, BD-Live 2.0, 1080p High Definition ; (Special features: Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo., 1080i/p High Definition and 480i/p standard definition).

This Blu-ray disc will not play in standard DVD players.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: R.
Language:
English
Language Note:
English (DTS-HD 5.1), dubbed French (DTS 5.1) or dubbed Spanish (DTS 5.1) dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.

Special features: "Do the right thing: 20 years later:" new retrospective documentary with the cast and crew (in HD); deleted and extended scenes (in HD); 20th anniversary edition feature commentary with director Spike Lee; feature commentary with director Spike Lee, director of photography Ernest Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas and actor Joie Lee; behind-the-scenes: Spike Lee's personal video footage from the set; "Making Do the right thing:" in-depth documentary on the making of the film; interview with editor Barry Brown; "The riot sequence:" storyboard gallery of the climatic riot sequence; Cannes, 1989: press conference footage from the Film Festival.
Abstract:
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.
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Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin' deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience store owned by a Korean couple; and Sal's Famous Pizzeria, the only white-operated business in the neighborhood. Sal (Danny Aiello) serves up slices with his two sons, genial Vito (Richard Edson) and angry, racist Pino (John Turturro). Sal has one black employee, Mookie (Spike Lee), who wants to "get paid" but lacks ambition. His sister Jade (Joie Lee, Spike's sister), who has a greater sense of purpose and a "real" job, wants Mookie to start dealing with his responsibilities, most notably his son with girlfriend Tina (Rosie Perez). Two of Mookie's best friends are Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), a monolith of a man who rarely speaks, preferring to blast Public Enemy's rap song Fight The Power on his massive boom box; and Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), nicknamed for his coke-bottle glasses and habit of losing his cool. When Buggin' Out notes that Sal's "Wall of Fame," a photo gallery of famous Italian-Americans, includes no people of color, he eventually demands a neighborhood boycott, on a day when tensions are already running high, that incurs tragic consequences. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

From 1989, Lee's masterwork.