Slaughter/Slaughter's Big Ripoff [2 Discs] [DVD]

Jim Brown plays a take-no-prisoners Green Beret turned Mafia buster named Slaughter in these two action-packed blaxploitation efforts, issued in a two-for-one "Soul Cinema Double Feature" package from MGM. Both Slaughter and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off have been given widescreen transfers to disc in their original theatrical aspect ratios of 2.35:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. The source prints are clean beyond slight imperfection here and there, and the transfers are colorful and full-bodied, preserving the original look of the movies while extracting as much detail as possible. The audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic mixes, and the quality is as good as the source materials permit. The dialogue for both films is in English, with alternate dubbed soundtracks in French and optional subtitles in French and Spanish. The only bonus materials included here are original trailers for each feature. Slaughter and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off were originally released on DVD in 2001, and the versions that appear in this set are identical to the earlier editions, though at a two-for-one price they're a good value for fans of 1970's genre filmmaking.
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Special Features

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A typical gangland killing has an unusual outcome when the victim's son comes looking for justice in this violent blaxploitation action drama. Slaughter (Jim Brown) is a former Green Beret who is a decorated war hero, but while he's devoted his life to fighting for right, his father followed another path as a gangster. However, while Slaughter's dad was a career criminal, his mother played no part in his actions, and when they're both killed in a car explosion, Slaughter is determined to get revenge. Slaughter is convinced a rival crime boss ordered the bombing, and plans a daring raid where he kills the suspect. Slaughter is captured by police, and angry detective A.W. Price (Cameron Mitchell) tells Slaughter he had the right idea but the wrong man. Slaughter is persuaded to team up with undercover detectives Harry (Don Gordon) and Kim (Marlene Clark) as they travel to Puerto Rico in hopes of infiltrating the operations of hot-headed mobster Hoffo (Rip Torn). The cops have learned that Hoffo and his cronies are computerizing their operations and they're looking for hard evidence, but Slaughter is more interested in taking down Hoffo, and he'll do whatever it takes. The rivalry between Slaughter and Hoffo becomes all the more bitter when Slaughter becomes involved with Ann (Stella Stevens), the gangster's beautiful girlfriend. Featuring a dynamic theme song by Billy Preston, Slaughter was a major box-office hit in 1972 and one of the most popular films of Jim Brown's screen career; it spawned a sequel, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off, which appeared in 1973. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Slaughter's Big Ripoff
A former Green Beret who set out to settle a score with the mob finds they don't give up easy in this action-packed blaxploitation drama. After killing the mobster who killed his parents in Mexico, Slaughter plans to return to a quiet life in Los Angeles, but police detective Reynolds (Brock Peters) warns him that his life is in danger -- it seems crime boss Duncan (Ed McMahon), an associate of the man Slaughter killed, isn't about to allow his killing to pass without retaliation. After an ambitious assassination attempt involving a World War I biplane fails dramatically, Duncan recruits a vicious new hit man, Kirk (Don Stroud), and one of Kirk's first assignments is to take care of Slaughter once and for all. Duncan also has ties to the L.A.P.D., and rather than put Slaughter in protective custody at Reynolds' suggestion, the war hero is put back on the street. However, as Slaughter tracks down the men who murdered his family and threatened the life of his girlfriend Marcia (Gloria Hendry), it looks as if the crooks may need protection from Slaughter more than he needs to be protected from them. A sequel of the successful Jim Brown vehicle Slaughter, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off included an original score by James Brown and his long-time musical partner Fred Wesley. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Eddie LoRusso - Little Al
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    Buddy Garion - Eddie
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    Ricardo Adalid
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    Robert Phillips - Frank Morelli
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    Marion Brash - Jenny

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