Baadasssss Cinema [DVD] [2003]

The Independent Film Channel production Baadasssss Cinema comes to DVD from New Video Group with a widescreen transfer. The audio is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and closed-captions are available. Extra features include extended interviews with Pam Grier, Quentin Tarantino, and others. Though not as complete for hardcore genre enthusiasts, this DVD is still recommended as a good introduction to the Blaxploitation era for the uninitiated.
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Special Features

  • Extended interviews with Pam Grier, Quintin Tarantino and others
  • Letterbox format
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection


BaadAsssss Cinema
British director Isaac Julien takes on the Blaxploitation era of the '70s in the hour-long documentary Baadasssss Cinema. With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. Features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Director Melvin Van Peebles discusses the historical importance of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song. For a contemporary perspective, the excitable Quentin Tarantino offers his spirited commentary and author/critic bell hooks provides some scholarly social analysis. The music of Blaxploitation movies is rightfully discussed, focusing on Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" and Isaac Hayes' "Shaft." Also features interviews with writer/director Larry Cohen and film historian Armond White. Baadasssss Cinema was originally shown on the Independent Film Channel in August of 2002 as part of a week-long Blaxploitation film festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Roundtree
    Richard Roundtree
  • Quentin Tarantino
    Quentin Tarantino
  • Pam Grier
    Pam Grier
  • Melvin Van Peebles
    Melvin Van Peebles
  • Larry Cohen
    Larry Cohen

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