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Old 04-09-02, 09:22 PM
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i just ordered Do The Right Thing blindly....

did i do the right thing?
Old 04-09-02, 09:26 PM
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Yes! I rented the Criterion dvd last week and while I didn't get to check all the features, the movie is awesome and the picture and sound are good.
Old 04-09-02, 09:40 PM
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Well, it is Criterion, so I hope you didn't spend too much. The movie is not bad, although it's kind of dated, but that works to its advantage now, as it probably provides the best look at late 80s racial tension. Spike Lee is not my favorite director in the world, but this is probably one of his better films.

But alas, it is only you who can decide if you did the right thing. Let us know if you liked it after you watch it.
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Do The Right Thing is one of my favorite movies, and is solidly in my Top 10 DVDs of All Time list.

You've done the right thing.
Now go deliver some pizza, Mookie.
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The extras alone are worth the price IMO. Great discs...
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is the Do The Right Thing dvd available from CH a Criterion? Just wonderin..thanks
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Originally posted by Young Vito
is the Do The Right Thing dvd available from CH a Criterion? Just wonderin..thanks
No it isn't. From the CH FAQ "CH used to offer a few Criterion titles, but no longer carries any. "
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Spike Lee's best film IMHO. Great disk by Criterion too.
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I'll tell you, I hate rap/hip hop music and anything like that, so I resisted this movie for a long time.

Boy was I surprised when I saw it - it was not what I expected at all.

I still think the message is relevant - we may think we have the perfect 'melting pot' ideal, but in reality it just does not work.

A superb movie - you will not regret buying it.
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Originally posted by JFM
I'll tell you, I hate rap/hip hop music and anything like that, so I resisted this movie for a long time.
What does this movie have to do with rap except for its use as a soundtrack (during credits and anytime we see Radio Raheem). In fact, most of the movie actually uses soft jazz for when it creates mood.

I know you know this, I was just wondering what gave you this misconception (nothing personal).

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One of the most even-handed looks at racial tension ever put to film. An outstanding, amazing movie.

(And really, only the opening credits sequence has dated badly.)
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Nothing is dated about this brilliant movie. The opening credits are a strange and bold piece that played just as awkwardly at the time. But they set the tone.

Spike's career has been a real rollercoaster, but this is his masterpiece.



Here's my review.
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Although a bit dated in spots,(sorry buskerdog) it's still a very good film, and the DVD is loaded.....


Spoiler:
Air Jordans, talk of Larry Bird in the present tense, giant boom boxes that use 10 'D' batteries, and a few other various expressions...

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That stuff doesn't make it dated. That stuff just points out that it is not brand new. Not the same thing. Casablanca isn't "dated" because they talk about World War II in the present tense. "Dated" indicates that it has aged poorly and either the styles or ideas look silly or embarrasing (without meaning to) simply due to the passage of time.
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Did you never hear of Spike Lee before you bought it? Then you have made an truely absolutly blind purchase and a right one. If you know who Spike Lee is then you made a right decision.
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Originally posted by buskerdog
That stuff doesn't make it dated. That stuff just points out that it is not brand new. Not the same thing. Casablanca isn't "dated" because they talk about World War II in the present tense. "Dated" indicates that it has aged poorly and either the styles or ideas look silly or embarrasing (without meaning to) simply due to the passage of time.

Casablanca is set at that time.......
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Of course. Do the Right Thing is set during the time when Jordan's were the top shoe etc... Plenty of 80's movies were set during a time when leg warmers were cool. My point is that just because something reflects the specifics of a time doesn't mean it's "dated" in the somewhat negative sense of the word.

Regardless, great film, great disc (assuming you got the Criterion)
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Originally posted by buskerdog
Of course. Do the Right Thing is set during the time when Jordan's were the top shoe etc... Plenty of 80's movies were set during a time when leg warmers were cool. My point is that just because something reflects the specifics of a time doesn't mean it's "dated" in the somewhat negative sense of the word.

Regardless, great film, great disc (assuming you got the Criterion)


I agree that it's good. I have the Criterion. What I think I'm trying to say is that it was probably more powerful when it was first made.....
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Originally posted by JaxComet
I agree that it's good. I have the Criterion. What I think I'm trying to say is that it was probably more powerful when it was first made.....
I don't think that references to Air Jordans and Larry Bird make the film less powerful.
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Originally posted by DVD Smurf
Did you never hear of Spike Lee before you bought it? Then you have made an truely absolutly blind purchase and a right one. If you know who Spike Lee is then you made a right decision.
it was a truly blind purchase man.i had only "heard" of spike lee before buying this film.i have never seen a movie by him or even looked up his work.
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Originally posted by bluntman86


it was a truly blind purchase man.i had only "heard" of spike lee before buying this film.i have never seen a movie by him or even looked up his work.
Like someone said earlier, this IS his masterpiece. Most of his other stuff is rather blah IMO. Although I wouldn't mind seeing a Malcolm X SE
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Do the right thing is by far his best.
Malcolm X is very, very good. Powerful, epic, complex.
From there it's a real mixed bag. She's Gotta Have It is interesting, especially for a debut, but has some really lame sequences. Jungle Fever is also very interesting but kind of a mess. He Got Game has some great stuff in it and some total garbage. Get on the Bus is good, if a bit preachy. School Daze is fun. Clockers is good.Crooklyn is ok, if somewhat uneventful. Girl 6 and Summer of Sam are crap.
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Originally posted by JaxComet
I agree that it's good. I have the Criterion. What I think I'm trying to say is that it was probably more powerful when it was first made.....
Unfortunately, and if you think about it, it's kind of sad, Do The Right Thing's topics on race relations in America are going to be topical for a while. Spike Lee even hints at this...

Spoiler:
once the riot starts, Mother Sister is visibly disturbed as history is repeating itself -- the pain and anger she feels is both directed at the current residents and at the fact that in certain ways, things haven't changed in the past 30 years


As buskerdog has said, what dates a movie is the language used in it and some of the ideas. Do The Right Thing is as powerful as it was when it was released in 1989.

Some of its controversy has died down, so maybe it's not as inflammatory as it was that year when America couldn't take Spike Lee's "solution/response" to racism (violence) with a grain of salt.

In fact, on the Criterion disc, listen to the doco Q&A at Cannes to get an idea of how immediately powerful this film was, even back then. To me it hasn't changed -- the message has been stated so it's no longer as shocking or incendiary, but the message is still relevant (whether or not it's correct I don't know).

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