Hollywood Shuffle (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

C.C. 95

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Release Date: February 28, 2023
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Director: Robert Townsend
Writers: Robert Townsend, Dom Irrera, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Starring: Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin, Starletta DuPois
  • United States
  • 1987
  • 81 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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This debut feature by Robert Townsend is an ingenious guerrilla satire that takes riotous aim at the typecasting of Black actors in 1980s Hollywood. The writer-director-star’s megawatt charisma propels Hollywood Shuffle, the hilarious tale of a struggling actor attempting to break into an industry where the only roles available to Black performers seem to be hustlers, butlers, slaves, and “Eddie Murphy types”—forcing him to choose between selling out and maintaining his self-respect. Lampooning everything from film noir to zombie flicks to Siskel and Ebert, Townsend and cowriter Keenen Ivory Wayans cannily turn the frustrations of the Black artist into a subversively funny pop-culture critique.

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by writer-director-actor Robert Townsend, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New audio commentary featuring Townsend
  • New interviews with actors Rusty Cundieff, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Bobby McGee
  • Radio program featuring Townsend in conversation with film critic Elvis Mitchell
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Aisha Harris
ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER: