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Red Hook Summer Blu-ray

United States
Image Entertainment | 2012 | 121 min | Rated R | Dec 21, 2012

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Red Hook Summer

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Red Hook Summer Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Flik Royale, a sullen boy from middle-class Atlanta, spends the summer with the religious grandfather he's never met before, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Brooklyn's Red Hook district.

For more about Red Hook Summer and the Red Hook Summer Blu-ray release, see Red Hook Summer Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone
Director: Spike Lee

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Red Hook Summer Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Red Hook Summer was shot primarily on a Sony F-3 digital camera, with inserts filmed in Super8 (they're easy to spot). The cinematographer was Kerwin DeVonish, who was the camera operator on Inside Man and, according to Lee, is an expert at shooting while moving. Indeed, although the film has a lot of handheld photography, none of it feels jerky or intrusive.

Image has produced a fine Blu-ray featuring a sharp, detailed and gorgeously colorful 1080p, AVC-encoded picture. Spike Lee has long been known for intense, sometimes surreal color schemes, and in his early films with cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, the pair often pushed stocks and exposures into risky territory that could be a challenge to reproduce on video formats. Digital acquisition and post-production have provided the director more precise tools for achieving his ends. The Brooklyn of Red Hook Summer has all the eye-popping, saturated hues one has come to expect from Lee's Brooklyn films, without obscuring any of the rundown conditions of Bishop Enoch's housing project, his Lil' Heaven church or such memorable details as the king-size Brooklyn rat (a dead one) with which Flik terrorizes Chazz. Whether it's the red accents preferred by Box and his crew, the purple attire favored by the Bishop at his sermons or the various bright shades adorning the congregants, the Blu-ray balances them correctly against solid blacks, well-adjusted contrast and excellent shadow detail.

The brief Super8 inserts are, by design, far less detailed and have a softer, more diffused texture, but the colors remain intense.

With the film itself running just over two hours and over half an hour of extras in HD, Image has thankfully not compromised but has granted the film the breathing room of a BD-50. The extra real estate no doubt contributes to the superlative picture quality.


Red Hook Summer Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The surround mix contained in the film's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is less concerned with evoking naturalistic environments than with deepening the impact of key scenes, especially the sermons of Bishop Enoch. The sense of "call and response" during the Bishop's preaching is enhanced by the viewer's immersion in the voices, as if one were part of the congregation. During an especially intense moment of the Bishop's appeal toward heaven, his voice expands into the surrounds, doubling and bouncing back to him, as if it were reverberating from the skies (or perhaps he only imagines it to be so). Voices sometimes arrive unexpectedly from off camera in other settings, usually involving someone with a guilty secret, e.g., when Flix and Chazz are raiding the church's snack supplies.

As in most Spike Lee films, the score is distinctive and plays a key role in setting the tone. Here, the piano-dominated instrumentals have been supplied by Bruce Hornsby, and they've been mixed to have the presence of a narrator's voice without words. Singer-songwriter Judith Hill has supplied several original songs; both she and they sound terrific.


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Red Hook Summer Blu-ray - December 13, 2012

Image Entertainment and 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks have announced the Blu-ray release of Red Hook Summer, the latest from Spike Lee. The film stars Clarke Peters (The Wire, Damages), Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Arbitrage), Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Ray, ...


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