After their earlier release of Do The Right Thing, I was anxious for Criterion to release another Spike Lee film on their collection, and March will see the release of his 2000 satire Bamboozled on Blu-ray! Because it’s about time for us to all revisit this title, we’re going to be giving away a copy this month!
Unfortunately, this giveaway is only for U.S. residents because I’m poor and cannot ship overseas. Note, your information will ONLY be used for contacting the winner and WILL NOT be added to any lists or marketing junk.
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With this blisteringly funny, unapologetically confrontational satire, writer-director Spike Lee examined the past, present, and future of racism in American popular culture, issuing a daring provocation to creators and consumers alike. Under pressure to help revive his network’s low ratings, television writer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) hits on an explosively offensive idea: bringing back blackface with The New Millennium Minstrel Show. The white network executives love it, and so do audiences, forcing Pierre and his collaborators to confront their public’s insatiable appetite for dehumanizing stereotypes. Shot primarily on unvarnished digital video and boasting spot-on performances from Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Michael Rapaport, Mos Def, and Paul Mooney, Bamboozled is a stinging indictment of mass entertainment at the turn of the twenty-first century that looks more damning with each passing year.