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Spike Lee's SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT Finally On DVD!

So, Spike Lee's premiere opus, She's Gotta Have It, has finally been granted a long awaited DVD release.

Up until yesterday, the 15th of January 2008, any potential purchaser of the film would have had to spend their dollars on the archaic VHS version, with its washed out whites and fading blacks (as in celluloid colors not the cast). Thankfully, we now have another, better choice.

Unfortunately, it's not quite the DVD package I hoped for, as it's lacking in any extra features that I think a film classic like this surely deserves - for example, director's commentary, unused scenes, a documentary on the making of the film, and even the clich├ęd "where are they now" segment. I'd certainly like to know what happened to Tracy Camilla Johns.

I dug deep for a trailer or even a clip of the film on YouTube but my search returned nothing, which actually surprised me.

Regardless, pick up She's Gotta Have It on DVD today, at Amazon.com. It's only $14.00.

Just click on the image below...



7 comments:

  1. theblackactor.com said...
     

    This totally explains why I was unable to locate the DVD. I wanted to look at it for my Spike Lee-related articles. I couldn't find it cuz it didn't exist. LOL. Good to know. Thanks for telling us. I haven't seen the film in 100 years and want to view it again. Kewl.

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    If you haven't yet, you should pick up a copy of Spike's book on the making of the film titled, "Spike Lee's Gotta Have It." It covers everything, from script to screen, and is an interesting read.

    TAO

  3. Sergio said...
     

    Actually She's Gotta Have It has been out on DVD before. It was released on the expensive Criterion label a few years back but it was deleted some time ago. Unfortunately this new MGM/Fox DVD, unlike the earlier Criterion release, has no extras or even a commentary by Lee.

  4. The Obenson Report said...
     

    @ Sergio

    You're thinking of the laserdisc version released by Criterion in the mid-90s. Laserdisc and DVD, while both optical media, are not the same thing. According to Spike Lee's agent, the film was to be eventually released on DVD via The Criterion Collection, but they never received DVD rights.

  5. Sergio said...
     

    You're right!!! It was on laserdisc not DVD. My bad. Still it would have been nice if the DVD had some extras with it instead of a bare bones release

  6. Anonymous said...
     

    I’m glad but disappointed as well...I loved that movie and like u I would have loved to get the behind the scenes look at the film as well...

  7. theblackactor.com said...
     

    Maybe I will!

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