The Mack [DVD] [1973]

New Line has put together a special edition DVD for The Mack that is required viewing for anyone with a serious interest in this film. The remastered transfer used for this disc makes it look and sound better than it ever has on video: despite the limitations of the low-budget source materials, the image is rich in sharp detail and robust color and the disc's producers have assembled a credible Dolby Digital 5.1 remix from the soundtrack's original mono elements. Even better, this disc of The Mack offers a stellar pair of extras. The first is an excellent commentary track that involves director Michael Campus, producer Harvey Bernhard and most of the principal cast. Everyone delivers a no-hold-barred array of information about the production but the undeniable star of the show is Max Julien, who acts as both a philosopher and raconteur as he discusses what he brought to the film and how it has affected his life. The other bonus is an excellent video documentary called "Mackin' Ain't Easy" that combines film clips, news footage and new interviews to create a definitive portrait of the film's production and the influence it continues to exert over pop culture. Strangely, the DVD lacks a trailer for the film: this omission is disappointing but a minor gripe when one considers the quality of the transfer and supplements. In the end, New Line's DVD of The Mack is a great way for novice viewers to experience this unique film and a necessity for the film's fanbase.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen version of the film
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS Surround Sound, Stereo Surround Sound
  • Feature-length audio commentary with star Max Julien, Director Micheal Campus, producer Harvey Bernhard, actors Dick Anthony Williams, Annazette Chase, Don Gordon and Geroge Murdok
  • Original documentary: Makin' ain't easy...the stories behind the making of this Cult Classic are more outrageous than those on-screen. a look back at the Mack illuminates radical politics of Oakland in the 70's and explains why this film still influences filmmakers and hip-hop artists today
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Mack
A box-office success during the early '70s, this blaxploitation flick traces the life of a Bay Area pimp facing drug dealers, crooked cops and fellow pimps ready to settle a few scores. Richard Pryor makes a small appearance as Slim. ~ John Bush, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max Julien
    Max Julien - Goldie
  • Richard Pryor
    Richard Pryor - Slim
  • Don Gordon
    Don Gordon - Hank
  • Carol Speed
    Carol Speed - Lulu
  • Roger E. Mosley
    Roger E. Mosley - Olinga

Overall Customer Rating

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