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The Latest DVD, Blu Ray & VOD Releases

By John Moore

The Latest DVD, Blu Ray & VOD Releases

Who Is America (Paramount/CBS DVD)
Sacha Baron Cohen owes Sarah Palin a huge debt of gratitude. If not for her online freak out upon realizing it was the comedian who interviewed her – disguised as a disabled vet – Cohen's Showtime series would not have gotten nearly as much exposure as it did. The first season of the satirical interview show – with Cohen taking on various characters and disguises to interview politicians who let down their guards enough to let their true bias come out – is finally out on DVD. Most conservatives will have a problem with this series, everyone else with a sense of humor is likely to appreciate it for what it is: Cohen going over the top to expose racists and hypocrites. The series famously let to a Georgia rep resigning thanks to his racism exposed here. Aptly enough, Palin is credited as "Special Publicity Consultant (Inadvertent) in the closing credits.

Blakklansman (Universal)
In Spike Lee's latest and easily best film in years, Blakklansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer in the early '70s Colorado Springs Police Department, who, along with a fellow Jewish cop, manage to infiltrate the KKK. Even better, he gets David Duke (Topher Grace) to vouch for him. The movie manages to be both wickedly funny and emotionally powerful thanks to a brilliant script and amazing performances by John David Washington (playing Stallworth) and Adam Driver (playing the other undercover cop). The last few minutes of the film are remarkably emotional and timely.

Sorry To Bother You
(20th Century Fox)
Much like the much-lauded Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sorry To Bother is one of a handful of movies that's nearly impossible to describe, but even better than imagined. From Hip Hop great and first-time writer/director Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You covers a lot of ground from corporate greed and materialism to dead end jobs and societal divides, all told through a struggling telemarketer who advances remarkably in his career once he discovers his "white voice". That synopsis does little justification a wildly creative movie that has to be seen to be fully understood.



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