“Do the Right Thing” Finally Makes the Leap to 4K

Though it premiered with much controversy – much of it stoked by racist white critics – and underperformed at the Oscars, Do the Right Thing is now universally regarded as one of the best movies of all time. Spike Lee's provocative look at life in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn sadly remains relevant because America's history of white supremacy and police brutality continue to rear their ugly heads.

The film has been released multiple times on DVD and Blu-ray, including a 20th Anniversary Edition and the deluxe Criterion package celebrating for its 30th anniversary. But this upcoming release is the first time the film has been available in full 4K resolution. Universal's two-disc set includes a brand new introduction from writer-director Spike Lee, as well as all the features from the 20th Anniversary Edition. It doesn't have all of the extras from Criterion features, and unfortunately does not include the music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." Fans will have to double dip, or decide which release they prefer.

Do the Right Thing is now available on 4K UHD.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.