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Warner Home Video Commemorates Black History Month with Urban Classic

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PLUS A TRIO OF FILMS BY SIDNEY POITIER STARRING BILL COSBY

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Warner Home Video celebrates Black History Month with four classics by African-American filmmakers Gordon Parks, Jr. and Sidney Poitier.

Remastered with all-new digital transfers, SUPER FLY, UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, LET’S DO IT AGAIN and A PIECE OF THE ACTION feature the combined artistry of screen legends Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Richard Pryor, Ossie Davis, James Earl Jones and Ron O’Neal. Each DVD, highlighted by super special features, will premiere on January 13 for a collectible $19.97 SRP.

One of the most recognized films of the 1970s Black cinema movement, SUPER FLY (1972), stars Ron O'Neal as a hustler who becomes disenchanted with street life, and plans one last score before quitting “the game.” Director Gordon Parks Jr.’s debut film is lushly scored by the late great Curtis Mayfield.

The premiere DVD edition of SUPER FLY features a new documentary, Last Deal: A Retrospective, including interviews with cast and producers, as well as expert commentary by USC School of Cinema and Television professor Todd Boyd. The disc also boasts several archival featurettes, including Ron O'Neal on The Making of Super Fly, Curtis Mayfield on Super Fly, and Behind the Threads, in which costume designer Nate Adams discusses the film’s original trend-setting fashions.

In the 1970’s, boundary breaking Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier focused his talents on directing an entertaining string of broad comedies with collaborator Bill Cosby. Poitier starred in his directorial debut, UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT (1974), alongside Cosby and Harry Belafonte in a story about two small-time hustlers who scour the city to retrieve their stolen lottery ticket. In LET'S DO IT AGAIN (1975), Poitier and Cosby portray buddies who rig a boxing match to raise money for their lodge. The third Poitier/Cosby comedy, A PIECE OF THE ACTION (1977), follows two con artists who are blackmailed into helping a community center with hilarious and heartwarming results.

The premiere DVD editions of UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT and A PIECE OF THE ACTION feature commentaries by Dr. Todd Boyd. A PIECE OF THE ACTION also includes a bonus retrospective, Dynamite Duo, with candid interviews from cast members James Earl Jones, Jimmie Walker, Julius Harris, Denise Nicholas and John Amos. The debut disc for LET’S DO IT AGAIN is highlighted by commentary from screenwriter Richard Wesley and New York Press film critic, Armond White.

With operations in 82 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

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