School Daze [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1988]

Spike Lee's sophomore effort School Daze comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks are recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, trailers, production notes, and talent files. This is a solid disc from Columbia/TriStar.
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  • School Daze [WS/P&S] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1988
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Special Features

  • Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish
  • Bonus trailers
  • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Director's commentary
  • Interactive menus
  • Production notes
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Talent files
  • Widescreen and full-screen presentations


School Daze
Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically black university in this politically charged musical, which marked the sophomore feature from director Spike Lee. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious brother who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and eschews the social climbing of the Greek system. But Half-Pint (Lee), his craven young cousin, is willing to endure any humiliation to join the manly Gamma fraternity. As Half-Pint tries unsuccessfully to impress the Gammas with his inept womanizing, Dap engages in philosophical debates with Rachel (Kyme), his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the light-skinned, straight-haired sisters of the Gamma Ray sorority battle it out in a beauty parlor with their darker-skinned, Afro-headed fellow coeds. Eventually, Half-Pint gets the chance to join the frat, but only after a degrading episode with Jane (Tisha Campbell), the soon-to-be ex-girlfriend of his house president, causes Dap to lose all respect for him. Based in part on the director's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, School Daze was also written and produced by Lee. Despite production numbers that included "Straight and Nappy," a dis-fest between the "wannabes" and "jigaboos" on campus, the biggest hit on the film's soundtrack was the go-go anthem "Da Butt," E.U.'s ode to shaking one's backside. Supporting players Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy also co-starred on the TV comedy A Different World, another look at life on a primarily African-American campus. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne - Vaughn "Dap" Dunlap
  • Giancarlo Esposito
    Giancarlo Esposito - Julian "Big Brother Almighty" Eaves
  • Tisha Campbell
    Tisha Campbell - Jane Toussaint
  • Joe Seneca
    Joe Seneca - President McPherson
  • Art Evans
    Art Evans - Cedar Cloud

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