Watermelon Man

Edition no. 1094

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Directed by: Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles’s only foray into Hollywood filmmaking, Watermelon Man is one of the most audacious, radically conceived works to be financed by a major American studio in the 1970s. Comedian Godfrey Cambridge delivers a virtuoso performance (initially in whiteface) as Jeff Gerber, a loudmouthed, bigoted white insurance salesman whose sitcomlike suburban existence is jarringly upended when he wakes up to discover, in a wild spin on Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, that he has become a Black man. What ensues is a ferocious satire of society’s racist double standards that gradually transforms into an empowering portrait of awakening Black consciousness, executed with a mix of acerbic irreverence and deadly serious political commentary by a relentlessly subversive Van Peebles.

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Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

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