BlacKkKlansman (2018) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Spike Lee
Starring: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier
Rated: R/Region O/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios
In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award–winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world.
BlacKkKlansman is probably the best Spike Lee “joint” we’ve seen in a very long time. This might be because while still taking the time to make his point, he used this mostly true story to have a little fun and that shows and better than even that it makes the movie a fun experience for people watching it. A black man going undercover to join the KKK is a heck of a story and this movie shows how that went down and it does also add in a few things just for the sake of telling a more dramatic story. I’m sure you won’t have a hard time deciding what parts are true and what is added in but in the end, it still all adds up to some fun in front of the ol’ 4K player. Both John David Washington and Adam Driver knock their roles out of the park and you can also take a minute to mention Jasper Pääkkönen who plays one of the very racist and over the top KKK members in the film.
The movie also takes some very creative turns with the style and presentation and I think it all works out very well. If you were a fan of some of the earlier films of Spike Lee like Do The Right Thing but kind of lost your way with him around the Sweet Blood of Jesus, I think you’ll find a true return to prime directing from Lee and I think you’ll laugh but still take in the strong message the movie has. I’m not sure even with the added in drama bits that the movie gave us the best of finales that it could have but the rest of the movie was a very cool and well-done film. While not on the level of a Quentin Tarintino flick, you’ll probably get the most out of it if they are the usual types of films you enjoy.
– A Spike Lee Joint – Ron Stallworth, Jordan Peele, and the cast discuss working with the iconic director
– BlacKkKlansman Extended Trailer Featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%