Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films

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Watermelon ManThe Story of a Three Day PassSweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss SongDon't Play Us CheapBaadasssss!
Janus FilmsSony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director, writer, composer, actor, and one-man creative revolutionary Melvin Van Peebles jolted American independent cinema to new life with his explosive stylistic energy and unfiltered expression of Black consciousness. Though he undeniably altered the course of film history with the anarchic Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, that pop-culture bombshell is just one piece of a remarkably varied career that has also encompassed forays into European art cinema (The Story of a Three Day Pass), mainstream Hollywood comedy (Watermelon Man), and Broadway musicals (Don’t Play Us Cheap). Each facet of Van Peebles’s renegade genius is on display in this collection of four films, a tribute to a transformative artist whose caustic social observation, radical formal innovation, and uncompromising vision established a new cinematic model for Black creative independence. Also included in the set is Baadasssss!, a chronicle of the production of Sweet Sweetback made by Van Peebles’s son Mario Van Peebles—and starring the younger Van Peebles as Melvin.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 , 1.66:1 , 1.85:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround , English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 5 Discs |  BD-50

Details by Film


  • Introduction by Melvin Van Peebles
  • Introduction by director Melvin Van Peebles
  • Introduction by director Melvin Van Peebles
  • Audio commentary by Melvin Van Peebles from 1997
  • Baadasssss!, a 2003 fictional feature film based on director Melvin Van Peebles’s diaries from the making of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, directed by and starring his son Mario Van Peebles
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director and star Mario Van Peebles with his father Melvin Van Peebles for Baadasssss!
  • The Story Behind “Baadasssss!”: The Birth of Black Cinema, a 2004 featurette
  • Introduction by director Melvin Van Peebles
  • A 64-page book featuring writing on the films, including an introduction by film scholar Racquel Gates
  • Trailer
  • Trailer
  • Trailer

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