Spike Lee is one of the most acclaimed and controversial directors of all time. Now five of his most provocative, thought-provoking films are available in one collection. From the breakout hit dramedy DO THE RIGHT THING to... more » the gritty, urban CLOCKERS, Lee peels away life's layers, exposing the ironies, brutalities, rhythms and prejudices of the naked city in this powerful collector's set.« less
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James Ferguson | Vilnius, Lithuania | 07/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would be a steal at twice the price. I don't know what possessed Spike Lee to offer five of his best movies at such a low price. Do the Right Thing is a brilliant movie, capturing both the rhythms and tensions of Lee's beloved Brooklyn, which he would return to time and again. Lee is at his best when avoiding the polemics and sticking to character-driven movies. Jungle Fever and Mo' Better Blues stand out in this regard, because they are first and foremost about people. Jungle Fever introduced the great Samuel L. Jackson, as well as launched Wesley Snipes in an intense social drama which revolves around an inter-racial love affair. Jackson stole most of the scenes however as the drug-addled brother who simply couldn't get his act straight no matter how hard he tried. Mo' Better Blues exposed Lee's love for jazz. Moody and atmospheric, with Denzel Washington delivering a solid performance, the film tries to recapture the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance. Clockers was his crime drama with plenty of tension. Crooklyn revolved mostly around amusing family disputes, with Alfre Woodard as a strong mother figure. It was probably the least satisfying of the five, but fun to watch just the same. Lee embelishes his movies with such rich cinematic color, and offers numerous fascinating camera angles such as his now famous walking scenes in Jungle Fever. Not since Gordon Parks, had someone done so much for black cinema, rescuing it from the blaxploitation films of the 70's."
B. ERICKSON | West Hollywood, CA | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great set of films. Spike Lee's early Universal years were his best. "Do The Right Thing" is a remarkable film and is as strong today as it was back in 1989. Too bad the Academy did not see fit to reward "...Thing" with the Best Picture honor back then: they waited to reward the awful "Crash" instead. Think of the impact they could have made back then, kind of what they could have done with "Brokeback Mountain" this year. They really are out of touch and really have dropped the ball so much in their history.
I'm wondering off... back to this wonderful collection. My other favorites of the group are the underrated "Clockers" and "Crooklyn". "Crooklyn" brings back good memories to me. It may not be my neighborhood represented in it, but the time period is my era and he captured the essence of what life was like as a child in the 70's. "Mo Better Blues" is a nice throw back to the 40's and 50's melodramas, it has a wonderful music soundtrack. But then again Spike Lee's films usually are enhanced by the music in them. Mr. Lee has also a great eye for untapped talent, in this collection you will see early works by Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Wesley Snipes and the late Robin Harris. At a price around $20.00, this Collection is definately worth adding to your DVD library. Bravo to you Mr. Lee."
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W. Waters | Columbus, OH USA | 02/13/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"In reality, I wouldn't give this product a one star rating. I'd probably give it a three or a four. However, I know that I (and I assume other people) tend to read the one-star ratings before buying something, rather than the better reviews, and I may have an issue with my collection that other people may want to consider before purchasing. My main problem is that of the five movies, two (Clockers and Jungle Fever) contained many 'digital glitches'. Clockers is actually on the verge of being unwatchable because the DVD is of such a low quality. That being said, the remaining movies work perfectly, and I'm sure I'll enjoy them many more times down the road. Yes, it is pretty disappointing that only 3/5ths of the product works, but, in the end, three great movies for $20 is still a great deal."
Spike Lee Joint Collection
Sole Proprietor | St. John, USVI | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must have DVD set for anyone that has seen or not seen these Spike Lee movies.
There is so much energy and rawness to "Do the Right Thing". Issues such as bigotry, racism, sexism and cultural differences as a whole are brought front and center and seen through the eyes of the people in the Brooklyn Bedford-Stuyvesant 'hood.
"Jungle Fever" is there a better movie that tackles inter-racial dating? A resounding,"I don't think so!"
"Clockers" is such a riveting film regarding the drug dealers and drugs that have engulfed so many people, particularly young adults and children. This is another must see film.
Purchase the collection and you will not be disappointed."
A Fantastic Collection That Is Very Affordable
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are a few artists who come to mind - Peter Max, for example - who strongly believe that their craft should be accessible to fans at any income level. Simply, art is solely not defined by its high price tag.
With the release of the Spike Lee Joint Collection (Clockers/ Jungle Fever/ Do the Right Thing/ Mo` Better Blues/ Crooklyn), the legendary film maker is making a very strong statement in the movie industry on producing an extraordinary product at an affordable price.
This is Economics 101 at its simplest, five movies for the cost of a couple of movie tickets at most theaters. It is as much a collection for fans of Lee's career as it an outstanding sampler for those just getting into his style.
And it begs a very important question; if Lee and Max - along with others - can do it, why isn't this practical approach done industry-wide within the arts?