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Malcolm X - 2-Disc Special Edition  (1992)

 

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: Warner Home Video

Release Date: February 8, 2005
Review posted: February 18, 2005

 

Reviewed by Jon Bjorling

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Spike Lee’s bio-pic of the controversial and influential African American leader, Malcolm X.

 

CRITIQUE

 

Malcolm X, although a bit overlong, is a wonderfully well crafted film. All the performances in the film are top notch, especially Denzel Washington’s fantastic portrayal of X. Through his performance, the viewer is given the opportunity to see the ups and downs in the life of one of this century’s most provocative and influential public figures.

 

The film follows Malcolm from his youth as a hoodlum and his arrest, through his rise as a public figure and his disillusionment and rediscovery of his faith. We are given the ability to agree, disagree, and sympathize with Malcolm and understand why he made many of the decisions that he made. Malcolm X is a fantastic film and worth checking out by anyone and everyone.

 

THE VIDEO

 

The video transfer is really good; there is no noticeable grain at all. The colors are rich and the black levels are consistent. There is no digital artifacting (at least, not that I could tell.) It’s a nice looking presentation. As a side note, the film is spread over two discs as is the accompanying commentary.

 

THE AUDIO

 

The film is presented in Dolby Surround 5.1 in English and the 1972 documentary is presented in Mono. The sound mix is pretty good, especially in the crowd scenes. The dialogue is clear, and is never buried underneath the soundtrack. A very good mix.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

Commentary by Spike Lee, Director of Photography Ernest Dickerson, Editor Barry Alexander Brown, and Costume Designer Ruth Carter: The feature length commentary track is a very good look into the production of the film, although it doesn’t go into the problems with making the film as much as the making of featurette does.

 

Disc One:

 

Deleted Scenes: A few scenes cut from the film, most of which are really interesting to watch, but are thankfully not in the film.

 

By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X: A wonderful in depth retrospective making of featurette which looks at all the challenges that went into making this film.

 

Disc Two:

 

Malcolm X: This 1972 Oscar-Nominated Documentary is the perfect companion piece to the film.  Using footage from various interviews and speeches, we are given the opportunity to see Malcolm X as he was and compare Denzel’s performance.

 

OVERALL

 

This is an excellent DVD. The film is powerful and the addition of the 1972 Malcolm X documentary brings so much more to the film.

 

VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

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THE MOVIE

9

THE VIDEO

8

THE AUDIO

8

THE EXTRAS

10

OVERALL

10

 

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