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James Goldstone's Brother John (1970) was a topical movie that few people saw at the time of its release. The movie was one of a relative handful of features -- MGM's Tick, Tick, Tick and Columbia's The Liberation of L.B. Jones were others -- steeped in the racial tensions of their time. Brother John does them more than one better, however, positing the notion that the Messiah has returned, and that he's black and has chosen to return to a small town in Alabama that's a near powder keg of political and racial tensions. The director managed to thread a needle with this movie, striking a balance between fantasy and realism, but reality was (and is) the problem for anyone watching it, even today -- the reality of life in the 1970 rural South was just too ominous and threatening. As a result, few people ever saw Brother John at that time, and most viewers even today don't seem to know what to make of it. Over the decades, whatever following it has developed has been the result of occasional late-night showings on broadcast television and converts made literally one at a time. This DVD is its best presentation since the film's original release, preserving the movie's original non-anamorphic widescreen image (1.85:1) in an excellent transfer, full of color and detail. The film has been given an extremely generous 28 chapters and comes with three trailers: one for this movie and two for a pair of additional Sidney Poitier movies, To Sir, With Love and A Raisin in The Sun. The latter is actually quite startling, as it opens with an onscreen appearance by its producer, David Susskind, who insists on the importance and urgency of the movie. The disc opens automatically on a dual-layer menu that is easy to maneuver around in, with the "play" option in the default position.