Blu-ray Boutique: Episode 27—Black History Month: Sidney Poitier

Welcome to the Blu-Ray Boutique, a part of Film Obsessive Radio! Hosts Tim Rosenberger and Rosalie Lewis celebrate Black History Month by honoring the great Sidney Poitier, who passed away about a month-and-a-half ago. Rosalie and Tim discuss why Poitier was so important and what he meant to them while focusing on two of his many famous films: the 1961 drama A Raisin in the Sun and the 1963 comedy-drama Lilies of the Field. For the latter, Poitier won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor, the first time a black actor (male or female) had won such an award (Hattie McDaniel had won for Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939)). The Criterion Collection released A Raisin in the Sun on DVD and Blu-ray, and Kino Lorber released Lilies of the Field on DVD and Blu-ray.

Written by Tim Rosenberger

Tim Rosenberger is a Midwest journalist with a passion for film, a Star Trek phaser in the bathroom, and a last name that’s always spelled wrong. He’s a lover of all film genres and time periods but does lean towards pre-1960s movies, with a particular love for the ‘30s and ‘40s. A film blogger, video reviewer and podcaster in his spare time, he lives with his wife, a cat who hates him, and his adorable and way cuter than your child daughter.

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