Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dolemite

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 26, 2016
Price: DVD/Blu-ray Combo $17.99
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome


Vinegar Syndrome’s premiere release in a series of six fully restored “Blaxploitation” cult films from the Seventies is Rudy Ray Moore’s 1975 groundbreaker Dolemite.

The action-packed and outrageously funny Dolemite stars comedian and filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore – who also co-wrote the film and its soundtrack – and was directed by D’Urville Martin, who also stars.

In the film, Dolemite (Moore), the baddest pimp in town, has just been released from prison, ready to take revenge on notorious gangster Willie Green (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 bank of Kung Fu fighting vixens, Dolemite takes on every “rat soup eatin’ mother#%$*er” in South Central!

Rudy Ray Moore is Dolemite

Rudy Ray Moore is Dolemite

Making its Blu-ray debut, the film has been fully restored in 2k from a recently discovered 35mm negative and is loaded with extras.

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include  a making-of documentary by Elijah Drenner (American Grindhouse); a Lady Reed Uncut featurette; a Locations: Then & Now featurette; a historical commentary track from Moore’s biographer Mark Jason Murray, featuring interviews with Moore as well as co-stars Jerry Jones, Lady Reed and John Kerry and cinematographer Nick Von Sternberg; original theatrical trailers; original cover artwork by Jay Shaw; and reversible cover artwork.

Upcoming Blu-ray/DVD combo releases in the Vinegar Syndrome Blaxploitation series include Moore’s The Human Tornado (1976), the sequel to Dolemite (release date May 31); Petey Wheatstraw (1977), out June 28; and, finally, his absurdist classic, Disco Godfather (1979), available July 26.

 

Oh, and incidentally, the term “Blaxploitation” was coined by the head of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, former film publicist Junius Griffin.

 

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.