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Directed by Spike Lee
USA 1989

 

The hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.

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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.  

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Theatrical Release: June 14th, 1989 - France

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Comparison:

Criterion (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Turbine (DE - Steelbook) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio LEFT

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

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Distribution Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray Turbine Steelbook (DE) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:00:00 1:59:53.436 1:59:53.769
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,131,274,027 bytes

Feature: 33,247,156,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.70 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,214,968,372 bytes

Feature: 29,423,025,984 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

Criterion DVD

Bitrate: Universal

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Turbine

Blu-ray

Audio PCM 2.0 stereo and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Commentary: English (Dolby 2.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 3890 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3890 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs: DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None English, French, Spanish, None English, German, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Transfer approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson
• Audio commentary by director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee
• New video introductions by Spike Lee
• St. Clair Bourne’s 60-minute documentary The Making of “Do the Right Thing” (1:00:56)
• Spike Lee and line producer John Kilik revisit the film’s Bed-Stuy locations
• Public Enemy’s video for "Fight the Power,” directed by Spike Lee (3:40, 7:13)
• The 1989 Cannes Film Festival press (42;16) conference with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, and Joie Lee
• Spike Lee’s behind-the-scenes footage, from rehearsal to wrap (6-parts - 56:00)
• Original storyboards for the riot sequence
• New video interview with editor Barry Brown (4-parts - 10:00)
• Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Spike's Last Words (6:23)

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2001

Double thick Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Universal

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,131,274,027 bytes

Feature: 33,247,156,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.7 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later (35:47 in HD!)
• Deleted and Extended Scenes (14:14 in HD!)
• Feature Commentary with Spike Lee, Director of Photography Ernest Dickerson, Production Designer Wynn Thomas, and Actor Joie Lee
• 20th Anniversary Edition Feature Commentary
• Behind the Scenes (57:59 in SD)
• Making Do the Right Thing (1:01:01)
• Editor Barry Brown (9:38)
• The Riot Sequence
• Cannes, 1989 (42:01)
• Theatrical trailer
• Two TV spots

Blu-ray Release Date: June 30th, 2009
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Turbine

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,214,968,372 bytes

Feature: 29,423,025,984 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee
• Commentary with Spike Lee
• Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later (35:47 - 2009)
• Making Do the Right Thing (1:01:50)
• Behind the Scenes (57:59)
• Deleted and Extended Scenes (14:14)
• Cannes Press Conference, 1989 (42:22)
• Editor Barry Brown (9:38)
• On Location Interview Spike Lee (4:49)
• Storyboards (Intro - 1:03 - 14:45)
• Opening Dance Sequence (3:46)
• Trailer (2:12)
• TV Spots (1:02)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 14th, 2018
Steelbook
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Turbine - Region FREE Blu-ray - January 19': Wow - almost a decade. Turbine offer the film with the correct yellow/warm tints - intended by the filmmakers (as in the Criterion DVD - approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson). Finally. The film has a robust 1080P transfer via the Turbine - it looks amazing on my system - high bitrate - solid detail and those luscious yellow-orange-bathed visuals that suit the film so well. There might be some very minor edge-enhancement, also seen on the Universal, but it didn't affect my viewing.

DTS-HD Master in both English 2.0 and 5.1 surround (only 16-bit) and a German DUB. It sounds very good if lacking the depth of the Universal Blu-ray. There are optional English and German subtitles available and the disc is Region FREE.

This Turbine Steelbook has all the extras of the previous releases (that I can tell) including the two commentaries and extensive Making of..., Behind the Scenes and Cannes Press Conference (2 3/4 hours just for those) with optional German subtitles.

The film remains so impacting - I hadn't seen in almost a decade myself. Are the tints important? immensely in my opinion - it changes the film experience. I LOVE the Steelbook case too - very classy - what a keepsake - Amazing job Turbine - keep'em coming!  

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ADDITION: Universal Studios - Region FREE Blu-ray - June 09': Starting with the image - the Criterion has a decidedly orange/yellow hue to it that dulls the overall color balance and alters skin tones - but this is intentional!! We have been informed, that it is accurate (thanks Nick!) - the warm color filtering representing the hottest day of the year. Detail greatly benefits from the move to hi-def and there is even a marginal amount of additional information available in the frame. Contrast is superior and you can even see some healthy grain in the new Blu-ray transfer. Depth is also more apparent in the less-expensive Universal 1080P edition despite that the Criterion SD-DVD had their transfer approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson. Aside from Universal removing the filter, it seems as though all visual facets are improved in the Blu-ray - perhaps even more than I was anticipating although there are hints of edge-enhancement. The consistently textured Universal release looks quite impressive especially with the livelier colors and improved sharpness.

NOTE: Despite another site stating this was VC-1 - I can assure my Blu-ray was encoded with MPEG-4 AVC.

Criterion's PCM track was a more unique feature 8 years ago but the Universal DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3890 kbps is pretty sweet. There is a lot of perfectly cued music utilized in Lee's film beyond Public Enemy's frequently played "Fight the Power" and it all sounds that much crisper in HD. This includes Bill Lee's original score for his son's film. The track hints at an explosive quality with police sirens, boom-boxes and spiraling violence keeping the film's latter anxiety-pace at a tense and effective pitch. Both editions offer optional English subtitles but the Blu-ray adds French and Spanish. My Momitsu tells me this release is region FREE!    

As far as supplements go - both editions are stacked and the Blu-ray has many (most) of the 2-disc Criterion extras as well as adding even more. The new hi-def edition includes the older audio commentary by director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee - as well as St. Clair Bourne’s 60-minute documentary The Making of “Do the Right Thing”, the 42-minute 1989 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, and Joie Lee. Also repeated from the 2-disc DVD set are Spike Lee’s hour-long behind-the-scenes footage, from rehearsal to wrap in 6-parts, the original storyboard gallery for the riot sequence and the 10-minute video interview with editor Barry Brown in 4-parts. What you lose are intros that mention 'Criterion' specifically and their liner notes essay by Ebert. New to the Blu-ray is a second commentary (entitled 20th Anniversary Feature Commentary) with only Lee - albeit with some gaps - and in HD are 14-minutes of 11 'newly discovered' deleted and extended scenes and the almost 40-minutes of Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later documentary retrospective with cast and crew. Whewww!

Okay - so the Universal Blu-ray is vastly superior but not supporting the original theatrical look and the lone hi-def disc is jammed to the brim with over 49 Gig filled of feature and supplements. Considering the price (less than $20) and film value - this amounts to quandary on purchasing. You may decide for yourself.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

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1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Universal Studio TOP

2) Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Turbine - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

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Distribution Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC Universal Studios - Region FREE - Blu-ray Turbine Steelbook (DE) - Region FREE - Blu-ray




 

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