Jordan Peele’s debut, record-breaking, critically and culturally acclaimed film Get Out will have its DVD and Blu-Ray release next Tuesday, May 23rd.
Peele is the first African-American writer-director to surpass $100 million at the box office, has maintained a 99% or better rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and his first project is the highest-grossing original debut ever.
From beginning to end, the movie piqued my interest, engaged all of my senses and kept me in suspense mode.
***If you haven’t watched the film, you might want to stop reading because spoilers are up next.***
Through all of the known and unknown, weirdness, realness and awkwardness, I didn’t expect the film to end the way it did. I was actually shocked, relieved, and excited that Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) life wasn’t tragically ended by a police officer; that he wasn’t incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit; or wrecked by an evil family.
I was happy to see Chris’ best friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery), a black man, look out for his boy, find him, and rescue him from this nightmare “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” weekend. I was relieved to see black people save themselves and each other, because Black saviors are necessary.
Get Out is the social commentary, truth and liberation we all needed to see and experience in creative form, especially since black and brown men, women and children continue to be killed at the hands of police without punishment. This is why the end of the film surprised me; because as real as it was, it didn’t abide by the reality we see on the news and in the media almost every other day.
Although the film has already been released digitally, the disc version offers exclusive content such as an alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, deleted scenes with commentary by Peele, plus much more.
While some are calling it depressing, sad and even scarier than the ending seen in theaters, I hope they realize that for many black people, the alternate ending is what was expected.
Not only because it was the worst thing that could happen to a black man that had been through so much and was fighting for his life (and it IS a horror film), but because it’s what we see and experience every day as black people living in America – hopelessness, injustice, racial discrimination and lack of respect for our humanity.
Have you seen Get Out? What do you think about the alternate ending? Were you surprised?