Do the Right Thing

( 14 )

Overview

Fans of Spike Lee's feverish treatise on racial tension during one hot Brooklyn day can rejoice at the Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing. Presented in a glorious widescreen transfer and loaded with extras, this is as definitive a version of the film as one could ask for. The picture is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks perfect. The sultry tones of a hot summer day are so perfectly captured, the screen almost seems to sizzle at points. The sound is Dolby Surround and is excellent...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen / Stereo)
$38.71
BN.com price
(Save 3%)$39.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (9) from $5.23   
  • New (5) from $29.91   
  • Used (4) from $5.23   

Overview

Fans of Spike Lee's feverish treatise on racial tension during one hot Brooklyn day can rejoice at the Criterion Collection DVD of Do the Right Thing. Presented in a glorious widescreen transfer and loaded with extras, this is as definitive a version of the film as one could ask for. The picture is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks perfect. The sultry tones of a hot summer day are so perfectly captured, the screen almost seems to sizzle at points. The sound is Dolby Surround and is excellent as well. There is also a great commentary track by Lee, cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, actress Joie Lee (Spike's sister), and Wynn Thomas, the film's production designer. The commentary is very informative and offers good insights into the movie's production (for example: It was pouring rain during some of the shooting, so Dickerson had to come up with clever ways of filming to make it look like a scorching sunny day). The second disc is loaded to the gills. Lee provides an intro and closing to the disc, offering his thoughts on the film. Sandwiched in between is a behind-the-scenes look at the film, the Q&A from the Cannes Film Festival featuring members of the cast, a music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" -- the film's theme song, and much, much more. For those who already bought the previous DVD edition of Do the Right Thing, it's well worth it to shell out again. The perfect picture and mountain of extras will make viewers feel like they're experiencing this movie for the first time.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Disc one: New widescreen transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; audio commentary by director Spike Lee, cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee; RSDL dual-layer edition
Disc two: St. Clair Bourne's documentary feature The Making of "Do the Right Thing"; Spike Lee and producer Jon Kilik revisit the movie's Bed-Stuy locations; Spike Lee's behind-the-scenes footage; new video introduction by Spike Lee; new video interview with editor Barry Brown; Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" video, directed by Lee; original storyboards for the riot sequence, with film-to-storyboard comparison; original theatrical trailer
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Provoking both substantial praise and fierce criticism for its "inflammatory" content, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) examined racism in all its complexity, eschewing simple answers for an ambiguous, artistically ambitious mosaic. The action is confined to one Brooklyn block on the hottest day of the summer, and the Bedford-Stuyvesant location thus becomes a multi-racial and multi-ethnic microcosm, spanning all ages and character types. The tapestry of incidents, whether humorous, intimate, or increasingly hostile, becomes a means to articulate a wide range of attitudes and beliefs, bolstered by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson's contrasting "hot" and "cool" colors and Lee's stylistic breaks from traditional narrative, such as direct address to the camera. Sal's Pizzeria may be the central site of confrontation, but it isn't just a matter of black vs. white. The final quotes from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. offer differing views about racism and violence, punctuating a film that at all points questions what is the "right thing" and never offers a clear or simple answer. Funded by Universal after School Daze's success in 1988, Do the Right Thing premiered to acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival that was matched in the U.S. despite unfounded trepidation that it would provoke violence. Considered one of the few great American films made in the 1980s (although it was largely ignored by the Oscars), Do the Right Thing confirmed Lee as one of the preeminent filmmakers to emerge from the decade, while its box office success helped galvanize a new wave of 1990s African-American cinema.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • UPC: 715515011228
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,043

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Aiello Sal
Spike Lee Mookie
Richard Edson Vito
John Turturro Pino
Giancarlo Esposito Buggin Out
Rosie Perez Tina
Bill Nunn Radio Raheem
Ossie Davis Da Mayor
Ruby Dee Mother Sister
Paul Benjamin ML
Frankie R. Faison Coconut Sid
Robin Harris Sweet Dick Willie
Joie Lee Jade
Samuel L. Jackson Mister Senor Love Daddy
Martin Lawrence Cee
John Savage Clifton
Robi Reed
Miguel Sandoval Officer Ponte
Rick Aiello Officer Long
Roger Guenveur Smith Smiley
Steve White Ahmad
Leonard Thomas Punchy
Christa Rivers Ella
Frank Vincent Charlie
Luis Ramos Stevie
Richard Habersham Eddie
Gwen McGee Louise
Stephen Park Sonny
Ginny Yang Kim
Sherwin Park Korean Child
Shawn Elliott Puerto Rican Ice Man
Diva Osorio Carmen
Angel Ramirez Stevie's Friends
Nelson Vasquez Stevie's Friends
Travell Lee Toulson Hector
Joel Nagle Sergeant
David Weinberg Plain Clothes Detective
Erik Koniger
Dominic Marcus
Eric Payne
Roy Thomas
Tom Wright
Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Matiki Anoff Makeup
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Raymond Jones Songwriter
Jon Kilik Producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Bill Lee Score Composer
John C. Newby Camera Operator
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Rosie Perez Choreography
Robi Reed Casting
Monty Ross Co-producer
Steve Rosse Set Decoration/Design
Otis Sallid Choreography
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Stunts
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Do the Right Thing - The Movie
1. Logos [:22]
2. "Fight the Power" [4:19]
3. "Wake Up, Up You Wake" [2:42]
4. Siblings [3:26]
5. Sal's Famous [2:50]
6. The 'Hood [5:03]
7. The Wall of Fame [4:07]
8. "Always Do the Right Thing" [2:18]
9. Can't Stand the Heat [2:42]
10. Mo and Joe Black [2:41]
11. Public Enemy Throws Down Rubén Blades [3:47]
12. "I Was Born in Brooklyn" [2:23]
13. Breakin' It Down [5:02]
14. Da Gang Disses Da Mayor [2:42]
15. ."..More Than Black" [3:31]
16. Some Thoughts On Ethnicity [1:14]
17. The Story Of Love and Hate [4:10]
18. WLOV Montage [4:24]
19. Father and Son [:00]
20. "Boycott Sal's!" [4:26]
21. Fresh Batteries and Flowers [4:28]
22. Da Mayor Saves the Day [4:54]
23. Playing Big Brother [2:16]
24. Special Delivery [2:55]
25. "Black-White-No" [8:05]
26. A Great Day For Sal and Sons [3:22]
27. Chokehold [4:57]
28. "You Do What You Gotta Do" [3:17]
29. Fighting Fire... [4:22]
30. The Triple Truth, Ruth [3:51]
31. Payday [3:20]
32. Martin and Malcolm / End Credits [3:59]
1. Introduction: Chuck D [:22]
2. "Virgin Territory" [4:19]
3. "How Do You Express Heat?" [2:42]
4. Where "Mookie" Came From [3:26]
5. Playing With Air Molecules [2:50]
6. Whip Pans and Rain [5:03]
7. Reflection Of a "Sausage" [4:07]
8. "Mixing Color Temperature" [2:18]
9. Bathing Suits For the Crew [2:42]
10. A Favorite of Scorsese's [2:41]
11. Interpretation [3:47]
12. West Side Story [2:23]
13. "My First Union Picture" [5:02]
14. "No Drugs In the Film" [2:42]
15. Revisionist History [3:31]
16. Playing With the Medium [1:14]
17. Dutch Angles [4:10]
18. "You Don't Help Spike" [4:24]
19. Improvisation With Smiley [:00]
20. "Giancarlo Loves Glasses" [4:26]
21. The Red Wall [4:28]
22. Misconceptions About the Lees [4:54]
23. Tawana Brawley Graffiti [2:16]
24. "I Met Rosie On My Birthday..." [2:55]
25. A Tragedy? [8:05]
26. The N Word [3:22]
27. The Title [4:57]
28. "He Imploded" [3:17]
29. Joie's Deleted Scene [4:22]
30. Role Models [3:51]
31. Wim Wenders On Mookie [3:20]
32. "A Synthesis" [3:59]
Disc #2 -- Do the Right Thing - The Supplement
1. Messag To the Community [5:32]
2. Bed-Stuy, Do Or Die [4:47]
3. American-Italian-Americans [8:12]
4. "One of My Mentors" [3:48]
5. Production Begins [7:37]
6. Extra Casting [2:11]
7. A Little Inconvience [5:20]
8. "Not That I I'm Prejudiced" [5:51]
9. In Search Of An Answer [3:41]
10. That's a Wrap [6:59]
1. Introductions [3:07]
2. Sal & Violence [5:52]
3. Davis, Spike & The Industry [1:36]
4. Black Perspective/Public Enemy [3:14]
5. Discussing the Characters [4:28]
6. Summer Of '89 [2:25]
7. Filmmaking and Race [3:19]
8. Life Vs. Art [5:21]
9. Mookie [1:46]
10. Filmmaker Aren't Gods [3:29]
11. "This Film Is Not About Drugs" [3:12]
12. "White Flight" [4:24]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Do the Right Thing - The Movie
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Play
      Index
   Audio Options
      PCM Stereo Soundtrack
      Dolby Digital Surround Soundtrack
      Dolby Digital Stereo Commentary
   Color Bars
Disc #2 -- Do the Right Thing - The Supplement
   Spike Lee Intro
   Behind the Scenes
      Play All
      Spike Lee Intro
      The Read-Through
      Developing Character
      Rehearsals
      Improvising With the Cornermen
      Block Party
   The Riot Sequence
      Spike Lee Intro
      Storyboard Gallery
   The Making Of Do the Right Thing
      Spike Lee Intro
      Play
      Index
      Back To Bed-Stuy
   Editor Barry Brown
      Play All
      Meeting Spike
      Beautifully Composed
      Roll-Call Sequence
      On the Set
   Cannes, 1989
      Play
      Index
   "Fight the Power"
      Spike Lee Intro
      "Fight the Power"
   Trailers
      Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spot 1
      TV Spot 2
   Spike's Last Word
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 14 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(11)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The movie that put Spike on the map, and deservedly so.

    The first time I’ve seen Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” was at the theater and the movie refused to leave my mind for about several weeks. It just kept replaying itself constantly in my mind of the events and the turn a bouts of the story. The writing is so sharp and the movie is hilarious as well as the only movie to make Roger Ebert cry. Deceptively open and simple in its presentation, this is one of the most complex and layered movies about human relationships that I have ever seen during that time. This movie is every bit as compound as its subject matter. I disagree with those who characterize the film as "preachy." Quite to the contrary, I think the genius of the film is precisely in the fact that Spike does not tell the viewer what to think - he just compels you to think. Spike spends most of the movie setting up his characters and their situations, some are comedic, some are dramatic, and some are both. The acting is naturally great, with John Turturro, Danny Aiello, and Spike himself standing out as the best played and most interesting characters. The movie looks very much “of the 80’s” as far as fashion and things like that go but that doesn’t take any power away from the movie. But the biggest question people seem to have after they have watched this movie is about doing the right thing and whether or not Mookie did it. Spike always only says that he’s never been asked that question by a person of color. However my feeling on the matter is this: Did Mookie do the right thing? No. Did Sal do the right thing? No. From the time that Radio Raheem comes into Sal’s at the end, not one person does the right thing. Not Mookie, Sal, Radio, Buggin Out, the cops, or whoever. Everything horrible that happens could have been avoided if one person had done the right thing, and yet nobody does. I think that’s why the movie stuck with me. Most movies would show everyone (or just the “hero”) doing the right thing and everything turning out happily, but that’s not what usually happens in reality. Too often people give in to their worst instincts. In here we have New York explodes over a seemingly little incident because racial tensions are always just below the surface. This film is truly a work of art and out all Of the Spike Lee movies I've seen this is one of his finest. “Do the Right Thing” is one of the signatures of an American classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do The Right Thing: An American film classic

    “Do The Right Thing” finally tells it from the perspective of the people who live there. Engrossing and controversial, director/writer Spike Lee’s allegory on race from the flip side perspective pulls no punches. The film is at once beautiful and painful, and lusciously staged, from its opening frame to the last shot. Centerpiece performances by Danny Aiello as Sal, the owner of the ill-fated pizza shop, and Giancarlo Esposito’s zany radical, Buggin’ Out, were outstanding. “Do The Right Thing” is one of those rare films that transcends itself, as important a movie and as pivotal a social statement as any American film since “Birth Of A Nation.” Very sadly, it was over looked as an Best-Picture Oscar contender for 1989. A must-have movie for any serious film collector.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch with open eyes

    My favorite movie. I cant identify with the struggle of the African American, being an Anglo Australian, but this movie opened my eyes to those very struggles. An upbeat and uplifting movie with positive messages that, even though it ends in tragedy, there is hope for a better day ahead. Are you down with something positive in the community?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everyone should be required to see this film

    This movie is without a doubt the closest relection to the state of race relations in our nation today. Anyone who didn't understand the ending to this movie simply wasn't watching or just dreams too much of a perfect world in which everyone holds hands at the end and sings a happy song. The world doesn't work like that, people. I read somewhere that this movie came out the same year as Driving Miss Daisy. Not to hate on that movie, which was a great movie, but DTRT was better and had a more powerful message. This movie should have at least had an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, if not the award itself

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel the heat of ''Do The Right Thing''

    Spike Lee's third feature, ''Do the Right Thing'' stormed into theatres in 1989. Thought provoking, well written and very funny, this beautifully photgraphed movie explores the complex issue of race relations in the microcosm of a small neighborhood in Brooklyn. Add to it tremendous performances by Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, and this film is a classic that stands up to years of viewing. Lee's use of colors and visuals makes you believe it's a extremely hot and humid day in New York, even as you sit in an air conditioned theatre (or living room). The film alternates between the lazy day that is unfolding and the tensions of race relations on this block in Bed-Stuy. Engaging as it it is funny, this will always be the movie Spike Lee is remembered for. The movie captures you with a beautiful crane shot over the street in Brooklyn where it takes place. The voice of Samuel L. Jackson as the narrative D.J. of We Love radio draws you into the neighborhood and never lets go. Aiello, John Turturro & Richard Edson play the father and sons that own Sal's Famous Pizzeria. The only white owned business on the block, Sal's is the focal point of the movie. Confrontations between races and brothers are centered in and around Sal's. For some, an exhausting film to watch, ''Do the Right Thing'' is a film that will always engage debate and for me, will always be enjoyed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    GOOD FOR THE SOUL!

    THIS MOVIE WAS GOOD FOR THE MIND AS WELL AS THE SOUL!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    No matter what it is in this film everything spills into violence over a heated argument when the character Buggin' Out confronts Sal. Just Watch! Race is precisely the central theme and it's no secret since out in the open which if we'd be more honest about race in this country it'd help, not be a panacea since race relations is the most divisive issue in American and world history.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That's the truth, Ruth.

    That's the truth, Ruth. And that's all I have to say about that.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE RIGHT THING WAS DONE!!!

    MR. LEE IS A POET OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE. HIS INSIGHTFUL LOOK AT URBAN AMERICA (BED-STY)IS UNDOUBTEDLY A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. THOSE WHO DOUBT MR LEE'S SKILLS ARE ONLY HATING THE BROTHER. LET'S GIVE HIM HIS DUE!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 14 Customer Reviews