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JUNGLE FEVER DVD
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This critically acclaimed film from Spike Lee explores the provocative consequences of interracial relationships. Black architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with his working-class Italian secretary (Annabella Sciorra), which causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors in this moving view of inner-city life. Featuring an original soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, Jungle Fever stars a talented cast including Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro and two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 3162852
- Director : Spike Lee
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : December 15, 1998
- Actors : Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Spike Lee
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : 0783230389
- Writers : Spike Lee
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Overall, this is an exceptional film (with a younger Halle Berry) that also has a great soundtrack. Lots of music by Stevie Wonder, and great acting by all. You have to see this for yourself - you'll love it.
Even the beginning credits were good!
I've been a fan of this movie since the early 90's I'm just glad to now have it in my home movie collection! Woo hoo trust that you definitely will be entertained Laugh maybe even cry. Spike Lee takes us through a spiral of emotions including laughter when elaborating about " forbidden fruit*
Enjoy, I surely did.
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The film illustrates quite easily how a secret can soon spiral out of control and although being ’another’ inter –racial love story, this shows how it affects many people from many differing angles, from the family, in the workplace, in restaurants, public places, but most tellingly of all, within friendship circles. It’s not just about black/white or any colour combination, but explores many social stereotypes such as ethnic communities, cultural expectations, drug abuse, religion and even post code snobbery as he’s from Harlem and she’s from Bensonhurst .
The single disc opens to a language selection screen offering 7 [mainly Scandinavian ] languages. Main menu offers play, scenes, bonus [featurette and 3 trailers], audio [English/German] and subtitles [as for language screen]. The music is mainly Stevie Wonder but all the music fits well with the story, including Frank Sinatra.
With nudity, sex and swearing from the start this is an 18 rating even before the adult themes kick in. The main issue with this film is that it’s now politically outdated, not in it’s social message, but in it’s language, a prime example is the conversation that kicks off their initial friendship, now they would both be hauled in by Human Resources and be sent on an ‘Orientation’ or ‘Racial Awareness’ course or something similar, if not fired. Much of the everyday dialogue is similar and it’s difficult to imagine this being made now. Yet this remains a worthwhile ***** watch although the message does tend to drone on in a very pessimistic way.
The politics of the film are what they are - but there's no didactic vibe: questions are asked, things are explored, but it's up to you to draw your own conclusions.
Much of the acting in this film is memorable:
John Turturro's character Paulie psychologically kicking his father out of a prolonged denial stage of grieving: "I'm not your ____ing wife!".
Samuel L. Jackson's character Gator, "Mama, I smoked the TV". Also his zombie dance move before (spoiler warning) his dad shoots him in the stomach.
Wesley Snipes' character Flipper is played with subtlety - watch his readiness to laugh in the earlier parts of the film compared with who he becomes at the end.
Watching this for the first time since its original VHS release, the thing that strikes you most is that it's a love story - simple as that. Flipper and Drew, Paulie and Orin. Spike Lee's biggest piece of magic here is that the characters are big enough to withstand the exigencies of the film's plot. I wish I could say the same about Love Actually, but I can't.