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Trouble Man [DVD] [1972]

Release Date:01/10/2006
While it doesn't have the rep of movies like Superfly, The Mack, or Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, Trouble Man is certainly one of the better films to come out of the blaxploitation cycle of the 1970s, and if you strip away the funky threads and sometimes dated ghetto slang, you get a solid crime story directed with subtle efficiency by Ivan Dixon, with a solid musical score from Marvin Gaye. Trouble Man has finally made its way onto DVD in an edition from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the disc captures the film's strengths with a minimum of fuss. Trouble Man has been released on a two-sided disc, one side featuring a widescreen transfer of the film, letterboxed at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors, and the flip side featuring a pan-and-scan version of the film at the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. Both transfers look crisp and capture the streetwise look of Michel Hugo's camerawork nicely. The audio is presented in four formats: a new stereo mix of the English language soundtrack, and original mono versions in English, Spanish, and French, all mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional subtitles in English and Spanish are also on board. As a bonus, the disc includes the original trailer for Trouble Man, as well previews for three other Fox DVD releases. While this release is short on extras, it does offer a highly underrated movie in a strong package, and folks interested in '70s grindhouse cinema will find the Trouble Man DVD to be a pleasant surprise.

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    Special Features

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    • Closed Captioned


    Trouble Man
    An inner-city point man is on the run from both the cops and the crooks in this streetwise blaxpolitation drama. T (Robert Hooks) is a combination pool shark, private detective, and all-purpose ghetto fixer who operates out of a billiards parlor in South Central Los Angeles. T has done well for himself -- he drives a fancy new car, wears expensive suits, and lives in an upscale apartment -- but he also looks out for folks on the block, and knows how to tell the good guys from the bad guys on either side of the law. T is approached by Chalky (Paul Winfield) and his partner, Pete (Ralph Waite), who run a floating dice game in the neighborhood. Chalky tells T they've been ripped off by a band of thieves several nights running, and they want him to find out who the masked stick-up men are. T is willing to do the job for the right price, but it turns out Chalky and Pete are trying to take down rival crime kingpin Big (Julius Harris), and when one of Big's underlings turns up dead, T is blamed for the crime by both Big and corrupt police captain Joe Marx (Bill Smithers). Trouble Man also stars Paula Kelly's as T's love interest, and features an original score by Marvin Gaye. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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