BFI to release 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Spike Lee’s ‘JUNGLE FEVER’

BFI has announced that Spike Lee’s all-star romantic drama JUNGLE FEVER, filmed on the streets of New York in the early 1990s, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 17 May 2021 to coincide with its 30th Anniversary.

The film stars film stars Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Frank Vincent, Halle Berry, Tim Robbins, and Anthony Quinn.

Extras on the Blu-ray 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.

Special Features

  • Presented in High Definition
  • 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

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