DVD Release: Black Like Me

DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: VSC

Black Like Me The controversial 1964 racial drama Black Like Me stars the late James Whitmore as a white journalist who darkens his skin and passes for a black man in the deep South, where he encounters a great deal of racism from both white and black people.

Co-written and directed by Carl Lerner, the film is based on the landmark memoir of the same name by John Howard Griffin, who used pigment dyes and sun lamps to blend into “negro” society and gain a true perspective on what it was like to live as a black in the deep Jim Crow south.

Co-starring alongside Whitmore are Roscoe Lee Browne, Clifton James and Will Geer.

Restored from its original negative for this release (it was available previously in an inferior edition but has long been out of print), the DVD of Black Like Me wil include the following bonus features:

  • original trailers
  • the one-hour documentary Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin by director Morgan Atkinson
  • excerpt from the forthcoming book Reluctant Activist: The Authorized Biography of John Howard Griffin by Robert Bonazzi
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.