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Spike Lee's Jungle Fever on 30th Anniversry BFI Blu-ray in May

23 April 2021

Filmed on the streets of New York in the early 1990s, Spike Lee’s all-star drama, Jungle Fever, is a typically engaging and provocative examination of interracial relationships in the United States. Featuring a stellar supporting cast, including Spike Lee himself, Anthony Quinn and an award-winning performance by Samuel L Jackson, Jungle Fever is made available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK by the BFI to coincide with its 30th anniversary. Extras include a newly recorded audio commentary, a filmed interview with Spike Lee from 2009 and an archive featurette from 1991 with contributions from the director and cast.

When married architect Flipper (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with his secretary Angie (Annabella Sciorra), neither anticipate the turmoil their romance unleashes. Scrutinised by their friends and cast out by their families, the couple struggle to reconcile their emotions with the social expectations that foster division between the black and white communities.

Jungle Fever Blu-ray cover art

Jungle Fever will be released on UK Blu-ray by the BFI on 17 May 2021 at the RRP of £19.99.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Newly recorded audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill
  • The Independent Interview With Spike Lee (2009, 74 mins): as part of the BFI’s season Fight the Power: Do the Right Thing in Context, Spike Lee was interviewed on stage at the BFI Southbank by politician David Lammy
  • Archive featurette (1991, 8 mins): short film about Jungle Fever with contributions from Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and John Turturro
  • Top Deck (1962, 30 mins): a tale of love won and lost told through a changing, often jaunty, soundtrack, with location filming focusing on bus conductor Marlene and her African American boyfriend, US airman Johnny
  • Original theatrical trailer
  •  Image gallery
  • ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with new essays by Kambole Campbell and Kaleem Aftab, an archival essay by Armond White, full credits and notes on the special features

Heres a clip: