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WIN! Buck & The Preacher on Criterion Collection Blu-ray!

With his rousingly entertaining directorial debut, SIDNEY POITIER (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) helped rewrite the history of the western, bringing Black heroes to a genre in which they had always been sorely underrepresented. Combining boisterous buddy comedy with blistering, Black Power–era political fury, Poitier and a marvellously mischievous HARRY BELAFONTE (Carmen Jones) star as a tough and taciturn wagon master and an unscrupulous, pistol-packing “preacher,” who join forces in order to take on the white bounty hunters threatening a westward-bound caravan of recently freed enslaved people. A superbly crafted revisionist landmark, Buck and the Preacher subverts Hollywood conventions at every turn and reclaims the western genre in the name of Black liberation.
USA | 1972 | 103 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with Mia Mask, author of Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western
  • Behind-the-scenes footage featuring actor-director Sidney Poitier and actor Harry Belafonte
  • Interviews with Poitier and Belafonte from 1972 episodes of Soul! and The Dick Cavett Show
  • New interview with Gina Belafonte, daughter of Harry Belafonte
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Aisha Harris
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