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Do the Right Thing [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1989]

Release Date:07/23/2019
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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


Audio Commentary from 1995 featuring Director Spike Lee, Dickerson, Production Designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee

Behind-the-Scenes footage

Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1989 featuring Lee along with actors Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edson, and Joie Lee

Deleted and extended scenes

Introductions by Lee

Making "Do the Right Thing," a documentary from 1989 by St. Clair Bourne, in a new 2k digital transfer

Music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Directed by Lee, with remarks from rapper Chuck D

New 4K digital restoration approved by Cinematographer Ernest Dickerson

New interviews with Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. , Writer Nelson George, and filmmaker Darnell Martin

Original storyboards, trailer, and TV Spots

Plus: An essay by critic Vinson Cunningham

Three programs from 2000 and 2009, featuring Lee and cast and crew member Barry Alexander Brown, Chuck D. Dickerson, Richard Edson, Frankie Faison, Jon Kilik, Kevin Ladson, Steve Park, Rosie Perez, Luis Ramos, Monty Ross, John Savage, Roger Guenveur Smith, and John Turturro

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