The Spike Lee Joint Collection, Vol. 1: 25th Hour/He Got Game [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 6067225
  • Release Date: 06/10/2014
  • Rating: R
This collection includes two films from the award-winning director Spike Lee: 25th Hour and He Got Game.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features


  • 25th Hour features:
  • New audio commentary by director Spike Lee and actor Edward Norton
  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentary with director Spike Lee
  • Audio commentary with writer David Benioff
  • "The Evolution of an American filmmaker" featurette
  • "Ground zero" - a tribute
  • He Got Game features:
  • New audio commentary by director Spike Lee and actor Ray Allen

Synopsis


25th Hour
A man has one day to put his life in order before a long stretch in prison in this drama directed by Spike Lee. Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) is a man who came from a working class family in New York. Monty's best friends Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper) went on to distinguished careers as, respectively, a high school teacher and a bonds trader, but Monty took a different path and began dealing drugs. While Monty's trade has made him plenty of money, it hasn't brought him much respect from his family and friends, and while Jacob and Slaughtery have stayed in touch, Monty's lifestyle has led them to keep their distance. One night, Monty is relaxing at home with his girlfriend Naturelle (Rosario Dawson) when the police show up; Monty is arrested, and after a trial he's sentenced to seven years in prison. On his last day of freedom before he goes to jail, Monty tries to make amends with his father (Brian Cox) and goes out on the town with Jacob and Slaughtery. With both of his friends facing emotional crises of their own, Monty finds himself wondering where his life took a wrong turn and if there's any way left to redeem himself. Along the way, Monty begins to suspect that Naturelle may have turned him in, and he has to deal with Kostya Novotny (Tony Siragusa), an ill-tempered drug supplier who has unfinished business with him. 25th Hour was scripted by David Benioff, who adapted the story from his novel of the same name. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

He Got Game
Denzel Washington and writer-director Spike Lee team for the third time with this contemporary basketball drama focusing on a promising athlete, the son of a convict-father. Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) has been in prison for six years when tough prison-warden Wyatt (Ned Beatty) tells him that he's getting a temporary parole with the promise of a commuted sentence. However, there's a trade-off -- Jake must talk his son, Jesus Shuttlesworth (NBA star Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks), the top-ranked high-school basketball player in the country, into signing with the governor's alma mater, Big State. A flashback makes it clear that Jesus' mother (Lonette McKee was accidentally killed by Jake during a violent family fight. After Jake went to prison, the resentful Jesus was left alone to raise his sister Mary (Zelda Harris). Now several colleges are offering Jesus scholarships, and montages satirize the manner in which young athletes are wooed by educators and coaches across the country. However, Jake will soon be back behind bars if he can't get Jesus to sign with Big State within the week. Meanwhile, the greed of other family members begins to surface. John Turturro is seen in a cameo as Coach Billy Sunday, and several real-life coaches can also be spotted in this movie. Music by Aaron Copland (1900-1990) with songs by Public Enemy. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Edward Norton
    Edward Norton - Montgomery "Monty" Brogan
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Philip Seymour Hoffman - Jakob Elinsky
  • Barry Pepper
    Barry Pepper - Francis Xavier Slaughtery
  • Rosario Dawson
    Rosario Dawson - Naturelle Riviera
  • Anna Paquin
    Anna Paquin - Mary D'Annunzio



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Spike Lee at his best

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    IKnowMoviesButDoU
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    The 25th hour is a well acted movie that seems to be adapted from a play. The story is ok but the acting is phenomenal. The late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays his usual awkward character from the late 90s (think "Happiness") and Rosario Dawson is at her sexy best. Edward Norton shows us here why he's one of the best actors of his generation and in his bathroom mirror Monologue about New York, my goodness does he not sum up the spirit of this city and it's people. Sure, he goes bananas, off the deep end, but in the context of his situation, can you blame him? Still, the movie is not bad but it's showing signs of age. He Got Game is another beast altogether. Denzel Washington is in top form and Ray Allen surprises as the young buck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Glad to have on Blu-ray

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    Iggymyboy
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    These are 2 of Spike Lee's best films, and it's nice to have these on blu-ray. There are some new special features and it appears that the original features for 25th Hour are included as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Two Great Spike Lee movies

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    jppintar326
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    These are two great Spike Lee movies. 25th Hour is the first honest depiction of a post 9/11 New York. He Got Game show how far some people will do to get their star recruit to attend their alma mater.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie transcended on blu ray

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    JSSMITH
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    The spike lee directed movie speaks for it self, great story HE's Got game and 25th , love Edward Norton character!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    mainly for He Got Game

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    algae
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    I only bought this because the only way to get He Got Game on blu ray is with this

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    Raymond
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    Spike lee knows how to make a movie I truly love his films!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2 underrated spike lee classics

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    Oleus
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    Great 2 movie bluray collection. 25th hour is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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