New Release: Malcolm X Blu-ray

Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Malcolm XAfter being delayed because of disputes over music rights, the Blu-ray debut Malcolm X became tied to the film’s 20th anniversary.

Spike Lee’s (If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise) historical drama stars Denzel Washington (Unstoppable) as the Black Nationalist leader, a role that earned him an Oscar nomination but no statue. (He had to get dirty with Training Day to score Best Actor at the Academy Awards.)

The movie follows Malcolm X’s rise from a child whose minister father was killed by the Klu Klux Klan, to becoming a gangster. In jail, he discovered the Nation of Islam writings and became a preacher of anti-white teachings, until he realized he made a mistake. Later, as he tried to preach peace, he was assassinated.

Malcolm X Blu-ray Book boxAngela Bassett (Green Lantern), Delroy Lindo (TV’s The Chicago Code) and director Spike Lee also star in the film.

Malcolm X was nominated for a costume design Academy Award as well, but again didn’t win. Despite its lack of Oscars, though, the film wowed critics and audiences, and it features one of Washington’s best performances — which is saying something for the brilliant actor. The film won awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle and Boston Society of Film Critics.

The movie’s high-definition debut comes in a Blu-ray Book packaging, including a glossy book with information about Malcolm X and the film.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.