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Do the Right Thing (UHD Blu-ray) review

Do the Right Thing (UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: February 17, 2021, 07:25:10 PM »

Studio: Universal
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Rating: R
Film: 4.5/5
It’s the hottest day of summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can…Do the Right Thing. Racial tensions reach the boiling point in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood as a local Italian businessman has a run-in with a couple of local residents over loud music and who’s worthy of being on his wall of fame.
My Thoughts
When this film was released in 1989 it stirred a lot of controversy and frankly, it’s just as poignant today as it was back then. The screenplay is confusing because it doesn’t preach one point of view—it shows the current situation from multiple perspectives and its shocking ending will leave you somewhat confused and in my case, a bit angry.
I hadn’t seen the full film in over 30 years and enjoyed the revisit—as much as you can considering the emotional nature of the screenplay. The day following the film I had a long conversation with my good friend Ralph Potts regarding our thoughts on the film to discuss our different perspectives. While Ralph and I are from different racial backgrounds, we have the utmost respect for the other’s opinion and it was interesting to hear his take and compare it to mine. In the end, I think the majority of the people in the film all did the wrong thing, which is maybe the point. The end credits have quotes from both Martin Luther King and Malcom X—the former preaching peaceful protest versus the latter’s violent rhetoric, which just highlights the case that there’s more than one way to solve problems. But in the case here, the violent approach left one man dead, a business ruined and burned to the ground, and a neighborhood in worst shape than it started—just like Minneapolis today. Ultimately, there’s plenty of blame to go around and there’s no easy solution. I prefer the King approach of judging people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin (or political party).
The presentation is outstanding with the video encode featuring richly saturated colors highlighting the phenomenal cinematography from Ernest Dickerson. The DTS:X soundtrack is no slouch either with plenty of directional queues and crisp dynamics.
Video 9.5/10
Audio 9.5/10 (DTS:X)
Special Features:
  • Introduction by Director Spike Lee
  • Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Making Do the Right Thing
  • Editor Barry Brown
  • The Riot Sequence
  • Cannes, 1989
  • Trailers
  • Two feature commentaries
  • UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy

It’s rare that a film’s message is just as poignant today versus its release 32 years in the past, but that’s certainly the case here. While it isn’t easy to watch given its disturbing conclusion, I like how the film makes you think. The presentation is outstanding and if you’re a fan of Lee’s work, this is by far his best film. Highly recommended.
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Re: Do the Right Thing (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2021, 08:25:23 PM »
I saw this for the first time when it came out  4K   Great movie. Not sure how I missed it back when it came out. 

Nice review as always!
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Re: Do the Right Thing (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2021, 08:31:05 PM »
I saw this for the first time when it came out  4K  Great movie. Not sure how I missed it back when it came out.

Nice review as always!
Thanks bmoney :)
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Re: Do the Right Thing (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2021, 07:31:36 AM »

Great review Dave. I enjoyed our conversation regarding the film (as always) and value your opinion.

Talk soon buddy.


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