New Line Cinema Corporation, Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks

DVD - 2020

Dark, biting satire of the television industry. A frustrated writer devises a plan to revive the minstrel show; but instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face.

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Criterion collection ; 1019.
Fiction films
Feature films
Satirical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2020]
Director-approved two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition
Item Description
Wide screen (1.78:1)..
Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.
Special features: audio commentary from 2001 featuring Lee; new conversation between Lee and film programmer and critic Ashley Clark; new interviews with choreographer and actor Avion Glover, actor Tommy Davidson and costume designer Ruth E. Carter; On Blackface and minstrel show; the making of "Bamboozled" a documentary; deleted scenes; post gallary and trailers; plus an essay by Clark.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC, 5.1 suround; wide screen (1.78:1).
Rating: R; for some violence and strong language.
Production Credits
Choreography, Savion Glover ; editor, Sam Pollard ; director of photogrpahy, Ellen Kuras ; music, Terence Blanchard.
Corporate Authors
New Line Cinema Corporation (production company), Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Other Authors
Spike Lee (screenwriter), Jon Kilik (film producer), Jada Pinkett Smith, 1971- (actor), Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Savion Glover
Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a moment of sarcasm, a frustrated African-American network executive pitches an idea about a minstrel show and is dismayed when his network actually proceeds with the idea and it becomes a hit.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy-League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family has been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. The hook: instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also comes repercussions for all involved.