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Do the Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition) (1989)

Spike Lee , Danny Aiello , Spike Lee  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024EWP6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Do the Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...Do the Right Thing. Directed by visionary filmmaker Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing is one of the most thought-provoking and groundbreaking films of the last 20 years. The controversial story centers around one scorching inner-city day, when racial tensions reach the boiling point in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood. Featuring over four hours of bonus features, a digitally remastered picture and new 5.1 surround sound audio, Do the Right Thing 20th Anniversary Edition captures an unforgettable piece of American history.

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee did the right thing February 25, 2001
Format:DVD
In only his third film, Spike Lee created a classic that is both socially relevant and artistically accomplished. By focusing the actions at one location in one day, this film reminds us that race relation cannot be improved if we don't improve the way each one of us interacts with everyone else. The film's finale is notable for its echos of real events that occurred not long before the film was made, and its prescience of events to follow. It is an unforgettable movie scene that shows how intolerance can victimize everyone. Nevertheless, the apocalyptic vision of the final scene did not sit well with some critics. Is it a call to end violence or to start violence, they asked. In the film Lee seems to say there are no easy answers.
Somewhat overlooked is the fact that the film also makes keen observations of lives of American black underclass, especially in the portrayals of the "cornermen". Their exchanges are as amusing as they are trenchant in commenting the state of affairs of lower-class blacks. And through them, Lee takes the uncompromising position that sometimes the underprivileged can also be victims of their own mentalities.
Also, Lee subtlely shows the many faces of racial intolerance. While Sal's son Pino overtly hates blacks, and Buggin' Out is overtly intolerant of whites, but is the attitude of Sal himself really conducive towards racial harmony? Does he have a desire to get to know his neighbors, or does he simply want to "have no trouble with these people", as he puts it? By leaving this aspect ambiguous, Lee makes us think just what IS the right thing to do...
Despite all the criticisms against him, I believe Lee tackled the difficult subject as intelligently as any director could have done.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Day In Brooklyn January 3, 2003
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Spike Lee's 1989 film Do The Right Thing is among a handful of films that rise above the level of actual entertainment. It is thought-provoking, educational study of race relations. The film takes place during one extremely hot day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is predominately black, but the film centers around a pizzeria owned by Sal (Danny Aiello) who is white. All of Sal's customers are the black, but on his wall he has pictures of white film and music stars. This is a source of irritation to some customers, especially the radically minded Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito). But Sal refuses to change and he goes about his business. Sal's two sons, Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson) also work at the pizzeria as does Mookie (Mr. Lee) who is Sal's delivery boy. Pino is highly bigoted and isn't afraid to let his opinions be know, while Vito is more sensitive and adverse to confrontation. Real life husband and wife Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee appear as the neighborhood elders, Da Mayor & Mother Sister who are constantly trading humorous barbs at one another while dispensing advice to the locals. Other interesting characters such as Radio Raheem, Sweet Dick Willie & DJ Mister Senor Love Daddy are featured throughout the film. Mr. Lee does a brilliant job of conveying the extreme heat that has overtaken the neighborhood. You can almost feel the heat while watching the film. Tensions also slowly rise through the film until the climatic riot scene where Sal's pizzeria is burned down, started by Mookie throwing a garbage can through the window. This is particularly devastating to Sal as he genuinely cared for Mookie and can't believe Mookie would do this to him. Mr. Lee's message in the film is that one doesn't know exactly what the right thing is. Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do the Right Thing - an irritating piece of genius November 6, 1999
Format:DVD
I remember a female friend of mine telling me she watched this film, and at the end stood up crying and yelling, "stop fighting! " This movie provokes you in that way. That Spike Lee managed to get these severe reactions from his actors - even the ones opposed to him onscreen - is brilliant. I doubt anybody in the cast completely agreed with his final product, but that is what makes this movie so moving. I wish other directors/producers would have the guts to tackle any subject as faithfully as Lee has here. I have followed John Turturro's career since "Do the Right Thing", and I'm barely able after all this time to forgive him for some of the things he says in this movie. Yes, it's only a movie. And Spike Lee is only a genius. To my friend who shouted in the theater, I can only say I wish this movie didn't have to be made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that put Spike on the map, and deservedly so. January 12, 2007
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Movie
This movie came out with a summer that was hot and sweltering. This movie captured the essence of a Brooklyn summer. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Caglevision
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required to watch for school, this movie deserves to be...
One of the most innovative films by Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing explores such themes like racism, gentrification & xenophobia and leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat by... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jasmine Harley
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enduring Classic
I loved this film when I saw it the first time several years ago and now love it even more watching it years later.
Published 22 days ago by Phillip G. Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon HD stream quality was great for an old school movie
Old school movie showing how Brooklyn summer heat could lead to mischief and tensions in the community with different groups of people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by George B. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic film
Great classic film. An understanding of what made Spike Lee, Spike Lee. Also amazing when watched around the social context and gentrification going on today in 2014.
Published 1 month ago by Nneya S. Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Movie
Full of swearing and vulgarity and violence and even some nudity. I think this moving promotes racism and stereotypes, and I found it very disturbing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lyn S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Do the right thing
I love this movie. Very controversial. Who doesn't live a little drama in their life. Excellent performances from experience actor's.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Spike Lee!
His first movie, a lot of controversial ratings back then, most of them were great. Spike Lee is brilliant to those who are interested in hearing and seeing the truth (though it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great movie. Classic. Spike Lee was & is an amazing artist. Nothing more really needs to be said about it.
Published 2 months ago by Denaya J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it
This movie has all sides to the story for love, hate and down right racism. Just because we are from different neighborhoods, it does not mean that we can't get along.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Rawls
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