The Spike Lee DVD catalogue is growing larger every week it seems. The coming re-issue of Do The Right Thing from Criterion (November 14th) is now joined by several more films from the prolific director. First, from HBO Pictures comes the excellent and poignant documentary, 4 Little Girls. A week later, we have 2 from Columbia TriStar Home Video: Get On The Bus and School Daze. Check out the specifics below:
4 Little Girls (1997)
When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime sparks the nation’s outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country. This documentary features interviews with family members, friends, and community leaders.
The disc features a full-frame transfer in the film’s original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Audio is Dolby Digital ProLogic Surround. English, French and Spanish subtitles are included. The DVD includes never-before-seen additional footage.
‘4 Little Girls’ will be available on January 23rd. The suggested retail price is $19.98.
Get On The Bus (1996)
Shot in a semi-documentary style, this is the story of a disparate group of men making their way by bus to ‘The Million Man March’ in Washington. The various agendas and backgrounds of the diverse mixture of men make for a funny and sometimes volatile mixture as everyone is forced to explore individual and collective ideals.
The cast includes Richard Belzer, Ossie Davis, De’aundre Bonds, Charles Dutton, Andre Braugher, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Gabriel Casseus, Albert Hall, Hill Harper, and Harry J. Lennix.
The disc will contain an anamorphic widescreen transfer, letterboxed at 1.85:1, as well as a Pan and Scan version. Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. There appear to be no extras.
School Daze (1988)
Spike’s second feature is a musical (with a terrific soundtrack) about the tribulations and divisions between groups at an all-black college.
The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Kyme, Joe Seneca, Ellen Holly, Art Evans, and Ossie Davis.
The disc will contain an anamorphic widescreen transfer, letterboxed at 1.85:1, as well as a Pan and Scan version. Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Again, there appear to be no extras.
Both of these discs will be released on January 30th with a suggested retail price of $24.95.