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I Am Not Your Negro Blu-ray Review

I Am Not

“I Am Not Your Negro” is a timely documentary film.

“I Am Not Your Negro” is a documentary that is entirely comprised of archival footage and interviews and narrated readings by Samuel L. Jackson from author James Baldwin’s unfinished novel. The concept of the novel and the film is that Baldwin tells the story of America through the lives of 3 of his murdered friends- Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Through this exploration (primarily in the 50’s and 60’s), he shares his opinions and observations about Civil Rights, violence, racism, segregation, the depiction of black people in entertainment, interracial relations, and death. Director Raoul Peck also manages to tie in modern events into the narrative ala Barack Obama becoming President and Ferguson riots.

Despite a somewhat scattershot structure that goes off on some tangents, the Academy Award nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” is an important and unflinching look at the disturbing racist past of America. Even though Baldwin’s filmed speeches/interviews and writings are from several decades in the past, they remain strikingly relevant as seen through the lense of today. With the aid of director Raoul Peck, both artists and intellectuals not only show us the truth about the past and the present, but show us that the strive for change and unification should never stop.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Obviously the archival footage varies in quality, but overall, this disc boasts a crisp transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective track that deftly handles the narration, music, and dialogue from footage.

Extras:
* Magnolia Entertainment trailers.
* A 2 ½ minute video photo gallery.
* 2 separate Q&A Sessions with Samuel L. Jackson and Raoul Peck that delve into how the project came about, the style of the film, James Baldwin, the narration style, and much more.
* An in-depth near hour long interview with Raoul Peck.

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May 10, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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