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Dolemite [DVD] [1975]

  • SKU: 4513351
  • Release Date: 03/19/2002
  • Rating: R
For a movie that is the very definition of low production values, the Xenon Entertainment Group actually saw fit to include some supplemental material on this disc. In recent years the Dolemite films have regained some measure of cult popularity, and star Rudy Ray Moore is regarded as a legend in many circles (he is credited as being the "Godfather of Rap," among other things); therefore, this release makes an attempt to present at least some background material and clean up the film in the process. In addition to a chapter selection screen, you'll find a section entitled "documentary" which is in essence a collection of three clips from the documentary The Legend of Dolemite. These provide background information on Moore as well as the creation of the Dolemite character; they feature interviews with Moore and several prominent members of the hip-hop community who credit Moore as a major influence. The disc also contains a "Trailers" section (featured here are the original Dolemite theatrical trailer, as well as the trailers for The Legend of Dolemite and Shaolin Dolemite). The disc contains a text-based biography of Moore and transcriptions of lyrics from two of his most popular routines, "Shine and the Great Titanic" and "The Signafying [sic] Monkey." Features such as this, while not exactly overwhelming, are proof that the disc's producers have a certain measure of respect for the source material. Especially impressive is the care put into the film's restoration. Even those who remember its theatrical run have never seen it look this good -- virtually all graininess has been removed from the print and the colors are as vibrant as they can be for filmstock originally developed in 1975. The only visual shortcomings are those inherent in the original photography. The sound is a weak 1.0 mono but, again, most of its flaws are due to a poor source recording.
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    Overview

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features


    • Original 1970s Radio Spots and restored theatrical trailers
    • Trivia game
    • Location tour with Rudy Ray Moore
    • Dolby Surround encoded
    • Animated menus

    Synopsis


    Dolemite
    Stand-up comedy legend Rudy Ray Moore's foul-mouthed rap routines took many of the elements of blaxploitation films -- pimps, gangsters, and sex -- to their hilarious limits. It was only natural that he should take his stage persona to the big screen as Dolemite, the "baddest" cool cat in town. Dolemite is a wrongly accused clubowner who is set up by arch-rival Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who directed) and sent to jail. A madam named Queen Bee (Lady Reed) gets him released on the condition that he helps the cops find Green, and Dolemite is picked up from prison by a slew of multi-ethnic beauties who bring his "pimp-threads" so he can operate. There are many colorful street scenes and funny characters, including "The Hamburger Pimp" and the usual corrupt officials. Dolemite has sex, raps some funny comedy routines (including the underground classic "Signifyin' Monkey") and uses an all-girl kung-fu army to bring down the bad guys. A fast-paced, delirious crime-comedy, Dolemite is supremely entertaining despite its less than stellar production values. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Jerry Jones
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      D'Urville Martin - Willie Green
    • Rudy Ray Moore
      Rudy Ray Moore - Dolemite
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      Lady Reed - Queen Bee



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Classic In It's On Right

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      Sam305
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      Take a character conjured up in the mind of Rudy Ray Moore add some material from his numerous comedy albums and bring it to the big screen and you have Dolemite.After wrongly being imprisoned and finally set free Dolemite decides to get revenge on the people who set him up using street smarts and his army of Kung fu women at his sides.A cult classic that didn't set out to be the film it became but still made it's claim to fame.This release includes two versions of the film with one being a boom mic version one of the things that really stood out in the original release.The set includes features that give a good look behind the making of Dolemite from various members of the crew including some of the hardships they went through making the movie and extension information with interviews of Rudy Ray Moore himself and his origins in entertainment.Dolemite as a film may never be considered a sprawling epic but if you want to view a movie that entertains and makes you laugh when you shouldn't look no further then Dolemite a great edition for fans and newcomers alike.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Big upgrade from earlier dvd

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      JeffSinSFO
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      I assume anyone reading this reviews knows the film itself, so I won't comment on that. Low budget but highly entertaining, and definitely a period piece. The transfer on this blu ray is very good. I'm actually surprised this film looks as good as it does. There do seem to be some lip sync issues here and there that I didn't notice before, but I didn't drag out my old dvd to see if the same sync issues were present on that transfer. (I have a feeling they are since it only happens a few times.) Good bonus features on the blu-ray, too, including viewing in different aspect rations and some documentaries about the film. Highly recommended for fans of Rudy Ray Moore and Lady Reed, the Queen Bee.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice release from Vinegar Syndrome

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      JohnB
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      Vinegar Syndrome puts a lot of effort into their releases with quality extras and nice transfers. Good release for those who enjoy blaxploitation movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Funky

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      Anderson
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      ARROW FILMS does it again with another great release of a classic film on bluray!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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