Blu-ray, DVD Release: Red Hook Summer

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $27.97, Blu-ray $29.97
Studio: Image

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Clarke Peters is Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse in Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer.

Filmmaker Spike Lee’s (Malcolm X) 2012 drama Red Hook Summer is another film in what Lee refers to as his ongoing “Chronicles of Brooklyn” series (which also includes She’s Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game).

Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown, in his acting debut), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters, TV’s Treme), in the housing projects of Red Hook.  Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ.  Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar (newcomer Tony Lysaith), a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn.

Critics were underwhelmed by the R-rated Red Hook Summer, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 5.6/10 rating based on 55 published reviews. U.S. audiences weren’t all that enthused either—the movie rang up only $340,000 at the domestic box office during its limited run in theaters in August, 2012.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain a director’s commentary by the always verbal Mr. Lee, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a music video.

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