Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 4513388
  • Release Date: 03/19/2002
  • Rating: R
Xenon's DVD for Petey Wheatstraw isn't terribly impressive, but offers just enough to pacify the film's fans. The image isn't much to write home about; the disc foregoes the widescreen format for a full-screen picture and the old print they used for the disc is full of scratches and dust speckling. However, the digital format makes it more colorful and sharp than previous VHS editions. Sound is limited to Dolby mono and delivers a reasonably sharp soundtrack. This DVD also includes a commentary track by star/co-writer Rudy Ray Moore. Unfortunately, this commentary is amongst the most useless in DVD history. Moore only delivers about 15 minutes' worth of comments total during the film's 90-minute running time and there are huge, lengthy gaps of silence as a result. When Moore does speak, he rambles and more often than not just instructs the viewer to rewind the scene to savor a bit of the onscreen humor. The only other extras on the disc are three trailers; the unrelated Black Godfather trailer is forgettable but the two Moore-related trailers (Dolemite and The Human Tornado) are gems that blend eye-popping exploitation highlights with side-splitting "rapped" narration. In short, Petey Wheatstraw is unimpressive as a DVD, but does a passable job of serving of this film up for its fans.

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    Petey Wheatstraw
    In this slapstick blaxploitation feature, Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore, aka "Mr. Dolomite") is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as the afterbirth to a watermelon, the young Wheatstraw becomes a martial artist, but is unable to best the evil comedy team of Leroy and Skillet, who also indulge in wholesale murder. Satan restores the comedians' victims to life, and charges Petey with the task of marrying his clock-stoppingly ugly daughter to giving him a grandchild. When Petey attempts to default on the deal, he is pursued by the devil's henchmen. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rudy Ray Moore
      Rudy Ray Moore - Peter Wheatstraw
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      Jimmy Lynch
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      LeRoy Daniels
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      Ebony Wright
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      Lady Reed

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

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      This DVD is a great example of the backsploitation film. It has everything you would look for then more! Great action bits and comedy bits and the acting is characteristic of the time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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