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A Raisin in the Sun (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

A Raisin in the Sun (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
 
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A Raisin in the Sun Blu-ray
Criterion | 1961 | 128 min | Not rated | Sep 25, 2018

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515220613


A Raisin in the Sun (The Criterion Collection)(1961) Blu-ray

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars—including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry's intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie's film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Writer: Lorraine Hansberry
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, John Fiedler, Louis Gossett Jr., Claudia McNeil, Ivan Dixon


Special Features and Technical Specs:
- BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry
- New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine, on the real-life events on which the play is based
- Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
- Excerpt from The Black Theatre Movement: From "A Raisin in the Sun" to the Present, a 1978 documentary, with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.
- New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, author of Poitier Revisited
- Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon

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