Search - Spencer Williams Collection - 4 Movies on DVD


Spencer Williams Collection - 4 Movies
Spencer Williams Collection - 4 Movies
Actors: Spencer Williams, Herb Jeffries, July Jones, The Four Tones, Lucius Brooks
Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
PG-13     2004     3hr 52min

Four classic urban films: Juke Joint, The Bronze Buckaroo, Go Down Death, and Blood of Jesus.

     
2

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Spencer Williams, Herb Jeffries, July Jones, The Four Tones, Lucius Brooks
Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, African American Cinema
Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 3hr 52min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

Similar Movies


Similarly Requested DVDs

Clerks
Collector's Series
   R   1999   1hr 32min
   
Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases
   NR   2000   1hr 41min
   
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 - Freddy's Revenge
Director: Jack Sholder
   R   2000   1hr 27min
   
Eye See You
aka D-Tox
Director: Jim Gillespie
   R   2002   1hr 36min
   
Far Out Man
Director: Tommy Chong
   R   2002   1hr 45min
   
Speed Racer - Episodes 1-11
Director: Hiroshi Sasagawa
   UR   2003   5hr 0min
   
Harold Kumar Go to White Castle
Extreme Unrated Edition
Director: Danny Leiner
   R   2005   1hr 28min
   
Shark Tale
Widescreen Edition
Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman, Vicky Jenson
   PG   2005   1hr 30min
   
The Quick and the Dead
Director: Sam Raimi
   R   1998   1hr 47min
   
 

Movie Reviews

Fine collection of Pre-Spike Lee Black films
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 01/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Granted, these films are not in top-notch visual conditon and may require some eyestrain, but Spencer Williams (best remembered as Andy of "Amos and Andy") was a director, producer, and star who preserved some pretty good slices of Black American life in cinema in the years around WW2.

"Juke Joint" is a very likeable comedy. Presaging his work with Tim Moore and Alvin Childress of Amos and Andy, Spence teams with July Jones as a couple of goodhearted con men wh help their boarder Mama Lou. The jitterbug contest is the highlight of the film, but unfortunately is shot from a distant and stationary camera. Plus the dialogue skips a bit in the early scenes.

"Go Down Death" has Spence as the bad guy who tries to frame a crusading preacher. Based loosely on the James Weldon Johnson poem of the same name. The scene where the devil goes after Spence is a sight to behold, albeit with stock footage.

"Bronze Buckaroo" has Spence back to villainry again, as the bad cowboy to Herb Jeffries' good guy. Pretty typical western, the fact that it is a black cast being the only distinguishing feature.

"Blood of Jesus" is a sentimental favorite. My mother and aunts saw this film at their church in 1941 when they were teenagers and I fondly saw it with my mother recently and she joyously remembered it! Basically, a Black Southern fundentalist morality play as Spence plays no-so bad sinner man Razz Jackson (he would rather go hunting on Sunday than to church!-Shame on you Spencer!). He and his wife also have to face the choice between "born again" and beelzebub. This has a low-budget, down home charm that keeps it likeable.

Overall, these are great period pieces, though not in the best condition. Enjoy."
Spencer Williams Extravaganza
Richard A. Nardi | 11/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Black movies by, of and for black people. Much like Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Williams shows up in the films he directed, usually getting significant screen time. Juke Joint has a young vocalist going to the big city to make her career. Music breaks out in living rooms and stages at the drop of a hat. Some great swing and jitterbug! Go Down Death seems religious, but the sins of Babylon are interesting. Great visions of Dantes Inferno or Hell. Bronze Buckaroo is typical of (Gene Autry) cowboy movies of the era. Singing cowboy, slow witted sidekick, claim jumpers and beautiful girl in peril. Blood of Jesus goes back to the religious theme. Don't worry, some sinning is going on. Angels, devils and visions of the Pearly Gates are boffo! America populated by black people."