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A Raisin in the Sun (Criterion Collection)
  • Starring: Sidney Poitier
  • UPC: 715515220613
  • Item #: 2064750X
  • Director: Daniel Petrie
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama-Classics
  • Release Date: 9/25/2018
  • Subtitles: ENG
  • Original Language: ENG
  • Original Year: 1961
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Distributor/Studio: Criterion
  • Rank: 1000000
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A Raisin in the Sun (Criterion Collection) on Blu-ray

LORRAINE HANSBERRY’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by DANIEL PETRIE. The original stars—including SIDNEY POITIER (In the Heat of the Night) and RUBY DEE (Do the Right Thing)—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed
  • monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking
  • for Lorraine, on the real-life events on which the play
  • is based
  • Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring
  • producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and
  • Ossie Davis
  • Excerpt from The Black Theatre Movement:
  • From “A Raisin in the Sun” to the Present, a 1978
  • documentary, with a new introduction by director
  • Woodie King Jr.
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, editor of
  • Poitier Revisited
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon
  • 1961 128 MINUTES BLACK

THE CRITERION COLLECTION PRESENTS

A RAISIN IN THE SUN