Yeah it’s fashionable
to get on Spike Lee. It’s sort of like a favoite pastime. Everybody has done it (And yes I stand guilty as charged.
Lords knows I have done it too).
But let us not forget that, over nearly 30
years now, he has been one of the most prolific, consistently interesting and
risk taking film directors working today.
True, not everything
he does works, but you have to give him all respect and credit that he has challenged himself as a director, which is a
lot more I can say for most directors out there working today (Like how many X Men
movies has Bryan Singer signed up to do after Days of Future Past?),
And to prove
my point, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has
announced today that will be releasing, on June
10th, a two volume set of double feature blu-ray DVDs that they are
calling The Spike Lee Joint Collection.
will include the seriously underrated and overlooked The 25th Hour and He Got Game, meanwhile Volume Two will include The
Miracle at St. Anna (O.K. like I said
not everything he does works). But
what is very special to me is that, along with St. Anna on Volume 2, will be the first
ever blu-ray release of Summer of Sam.
Sam is a film
which even I didn’t fully appreciate or understood when I first saw it on opening
day, back in July 1999. But over the years, I have really grown to admire it and
consider it as one of Spike’s most compelling, definitely most adult and genuinely
adventurous films, and one that was badly in need a solid blu-ray remastering to
replace to crummy non-anamorphic standard DVD that’s been out for years.
In addition, sets
will include newly-recorded audio commentaries with Spike Lee and
various cast and crew members from each film.
Now, if Universal Home Video would just finally release Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever on blu-ray…
trailer for Summer of Sam: