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Remember, kids: heroes live forever, but physical media never dies. This week’s Blu-ray round-up has Spike Lee‘s brilliant and infuriating BlacKkKlansman, the melancholy Disney film Christopher Robin, the cinematic firecracker that is Blindspotting, and Jason Statham fighting a big CGI shark in The Meg. Sure, streaming is great – but you just can’t beat the experience of physical media.
Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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Spike Lee has never gone out of style, but with BlacKkKlansman, he crafts one of his most urgent, most timely, and most compelling movies yet. Here, Lee is telling the unbelievably true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black cop who managed to infiltrate the KKK in Colorado Springs in the ’70s. Stallworth would converse with members of the hate group over the phone, and any time an in-person meeting was required, Stallworth’s white partner Flip (Adam Driver) would go under the guise of being Ron Stallworth. This story sounds too wild to be true, but it really did happen (although Lee and screenwriters Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott take some liberties with the truth). John David Washington (son of Denzel) is a star in the making as the driven Ron, and Adam Driver gives one of his very best performances as Ron’s partner in deception. Not everything works: a subplot in which Ron woos a black rights activist (Laura Harrier) rings false – which makes sense, since it was made up entirely for the film. But when BlackKkKlansman is working, it’s working exceptionally well. One of the film’s greatest strengths is the way it leans into the humor – there’s a lot of funny stuff going on here. But this is not a comedy, and Lee brings it home with a...
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