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5.0 out of 5 stars M/X on DVD, February 28, 2005
This review is from: Malcolm X (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
While the movie itself is excellent, this is one of those DVDs that makes a great film even greater.

Much has been said about the 1992 film, so I'll concentrate on the extras. First of all, the widescreen is not so wide that it makes you squint to see it. It's at a good porportion. But the edited scenes are really interesting. We see previously unseen footage of Denzel as Malcolm courting Angela Bassett as Betty Shabazz (in a rather touching way). We see Denzel/Malcolm putting an initiate through the rigors in an amusing fashion, we see him studying and feeding his hunger for books while in jail, and we see some interesting scenes of Denzel/Malcolm making anti-racist and pro-brotherhood statements near the end of his life to a young white girl and an Arab he meets in Mecca. A lot of people who miss the point about Malcolm's transformation should see those scenes (which actually appear in the original book).

(Slight complaint, the stuff about the Sphinx's black nose being shot off by Napoleon is a bunch of BS that didn't happen, even Molefi Asante admitted this on 60 minutes a few years ago. So it's just as well that that scene was not included in the original film).

Also, "Baines" was actually John Bembry, aka Bimbi, who encouraged Malcolm to read in prison. It was actually Malcolm's real life brothers who really introduced him to the Nation of Islam teachings. Not a complaint, just a clarification.

There is also an excellent documentary about the making of this film. A real Horatio Alger type story of how Spike beat the odds through dogged determination to raise the money to make the film the way he felt it needed to be made. It was sad to realize that the film was not as popular as hoped among young people upon it's intitial release and the "Malcolmania" of the early 90s turned out to be a fad, but at least this DVD will give people the opportunity to learn from Malcolm's story.

Then there is the uncut 1972 documentary "Malcolm X. The raw, uncut REAL Malcolm talking strong and taking numbers! This is a brilliantly edited collection of chronological clips of Macolm, Elijham Muhammad, the young Louis Farrakhan, and all the other major players into an excellent biography without additional narration. It lets the viewer decide in an excellet fashion.

So see the 1992 movie, then the "making of" documentary, then the deleted scenes, and THEN the 1972 documentary and you'll get the next best thing to reading all there is to know about Malcolm X thought. Enjoy it, I did. College and high school teachers will REALLY want this for their history classes.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2010 10:21:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2010 10:22:35 AM PST
Cookie says:
Concerning the "Baines" comment. It is a movie, not all biographies that have been turned into movies will show the whole picture. Most movies take liberties to "spice up" the telling of the story. I always like to read the book first and than see the movie. To me it makes it easier to follow along and you get a pretty good idea of how things really were.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2011 12:26:14 PM PST
Brian Hale says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2011 1:25:43 PM PST
Andre M. says:
Such things happen when you type fast.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 3:09:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2011 3:14:25 PM PDT
Star Bux says:
If you think about it, neo-nazis (or "racists",
that is to say, they who would desire others
to see skin colour as a team uniform) are
sodomites. For they desire others to accept
a "white male" who is a sodomite, over a
"black male" who is godly... Your behaviour
defines you, tells others who your father is.
Ham is the father of Canaan... Jesus said,
If ye were the children of Abraham, ye would
do the deeds of Abraham.

Behaviour matters, whereas skin colour does not.

One of the Apostles was a canaanite,
a descendant of Canaan, but his father
was not Ham. See, Matthew 10:2-4, KJV.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 4:04:51 AM PST
Ray Peller says:
The nose was shot off by Napolean. Zak Kondo breaks that down in his book. Who broke off the noses?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 12:11:47 PM PST
Andre M. says:
No one did. That sotry is an urban legend. The disappearance was a result of natual erosion.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 7:37:57 PM PDT
AP in USA says:
Wish more history teachers included this. Kudos for spike lee for a film that really needed to be made. Denzel deserved best actor for this portrayal
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