Dolemite (Blaxploitation) 1987 [Movie/Review]

7/10

Year: 1987
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: D’Urville Martin
Original Title: –
Source: Blu-Ray (Vinegar Syndrome)

PLOT:
Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore), the baddest pimp in town, has just been released from prison, ready to take revenge on notorious gangster Willie Green (D’Urville Martin), who set him up on a phony drug charge and stole his club, The Total Experience. With the help of his friend Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and their band of Kung Fu fighting vixens, Dolemite takes on every “rat soup eatin’ motherf#%*er” in South Central.

Acclaimed comedian Rudy Ray Moore’s outrageously funny and action packed blaxploitation classic, makes its worldwide blu-ray debut, fully restored in 2k from a recently discovered 35mm negative and loaded with extras, including a new making-of documentary by Elijah Drenner and a historical commentary track from Moore’s biographer Mark Murray, featuring interviews with Moore as well as co-stars Jerry Jones, Lady Reed, John Kerry, cinematographer Nick Von Sternberg and more!

OPINION:
This is just amazingly fun, Rudy Ray Moore’s self financed first movie about his character Dolemite. We get it all … bad fighting scenes, cameras lingering too long on “actors” who don’t know what to do with themselfes, “Actors” who can’t deliever their lines naturally, boommic’s in the shot, Mr.Moore’s stand up Dolemite routine, Weird dance scenes when people eat, akward sex scenes … and ofcourse a lot of titties.

When it comes to the soundtracl, the main title track “Dolemite” by Ben Taylor is awesome and also the live performance of “Time is on our side” by Revelation Funk.

I have loved this movie since I watched it for the first time about 10 years ago, and now with Eddie Murphy’s “Dolemite is my name”, it’s even better. It just makes me smile for 90 minutes!

LOCATION/BACKGROUND:
It was mainly filmed on different locations around Los Angeles, USA.

. Dunbar Hotel – 4225 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
. Los Angeles Police Department, Southwest Division – 1546 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA (police station exterior)
. 4345 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA (Total Experience club)
. 1650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, California, USA (Dolemite VS. Mitchell & White fight scene)
. 3021 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, California, USA (“Mr. Fatburger” Hamburger Stand)
. 4004 Johnnie Cochran Vista, Los Angeles, California, USA(prison driveway – exterior)
. 1949 Buckingham Road, Los Angeles, California, USA (Dolemite’s House)
. 4000 Punta Alta Dr, L os Angeles, CA 90008, USA(The Mayors House)

The street scenes where filmed in Edgemont Village, British Columbia, Canada. Most of the Moore first developed the character of Dolemite in his stand-up comedy routines, and later appeared on his 1970 debut album, Eat Out More Often, which reached the top 25 on the Billboard 200. He released several more comedy albums using this persona. In 1975, Moore decided to create a film about Dolemite, paying for most of the production out of his own pocket, and using many of his friends and fellow comedians as cast and crew.

The script called for a “penny hustler,” but Rudy Ray Moore and Jerry Jones were unable to find a suitable actor through Moore’s acquaintances or among Jones’ acting class students. After filming began, Moore and Jones were traveling down Western Avenue in Los Angeles when they spotted the exact type of character they were looking for hustling on the street. They pulled over, Jones got out and talked to the man, and Vanius Rackstraw was hired as “The Creeper / Hamburger Pimp” on the spot.

The boom mic is visible in many shots of original Xenon VHS to DVD transfer from the 1980s. The film was originally transferred without the proper ratio “gate” of 1.85:1, revealing more of the top and bottom of the frame than the film makers originally intended. The 2016 Vinegar Syndrome Bluray release was re-transferred from an archive print of the film, at the proper ratio, so the boom mics are hidden in many shots. The Bluray release also includes a “boom mic” version of the new transfer, intentionally revealing the boom mics for comic effect.

FORMAT:
The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray release is just amazing. The picture quality looks like it was filmed yesterday, fantastic!

INFORMATION:
1975 / 90 minutes / Color / 1.85:1 & 1.33:1

  • Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
  • All extras on both formats
  • Scanned and restored in 2k from a newly discovered 35mm negative
  • Includes two framing options: the intended 1.85:1 widescreen version and an alternate full frame ‘boom mic’ version
  • “I, Dolemite” making-of documentary
  • “Lady Reed Uncut” featurette
  • “Locations: Then & Now” featurette
  • Historical commentary track by Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray
  • DOLEMITE – theatrical trailer
  • THE HUMAN TORNADO – theatrical trailer
  • Original cover artwork by Jay Shaw
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH Subtitles

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