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Black Gunn
     

Black Gunn

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis

Cast: Arell Blanton, Gyl Roland, James Louis Watkins

 
Columbia's edition of Black Gunn is a solid bare-bones edition of this oft-overlooked blaxploitation movie. The best aspect of this disc is its transfer. The film has been given a high-definition remaster that does justice to Richard Kline's excellent, noir-ish photography, which makes stylish use of dark hues and shadows. The video transfer captures this

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Columbia's edition of Black Gunn is a solid bare-bones edition of this oft-overlooked blaxploitation movie. The best aspect of this disc is its transfer. The film has been given a high-definition remaster that does justice to Richard Kline's excellent, noir-ish photography, which makes stylish use of dark hues and shadows. The video transfer captures this difficult visual palette with great clarity, doing it a justice that TV broadcasts of this film have never done. The audio sticks to the original mono mix; thankfully, this a sharp soundtrack that sounds fairly vibrant and makes effective use of Tony Osborne's punchy musical score. There are no real supplements for the film, but Columbia throws in a set of bonus trailers for some of its recent urban-oriented action films. It's a shame more special features weren't included since this disc isn't priced as cheaply as other studios' catalog titles, but blaxploitation fans will probably be happy to get this lesser-known title in such a nicely remastered form.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This early entry in the blaxploitation genre isn't the best or worst of its type. Like Shaft, it gives plenty of lip service to black power and portrays a black hero sticking it to The Man. Unfortunately, it lacks the compelling lead character and tight plotting of Shaft. Gunn is a bit too arrogant and distant to make a likable hero and he doesn't really get involved in the story line until the film is half over. These problems are enhanced by a middling performance from the usually charismatic Jim Brown, who acquits himself well in the action scenes, but sleepwalks through the rest. Despite these key problems, blaxploitation fans might still enjoy Black Gunn because it delivers the goods in a stylish, unpretentious fashion. Director Robert Hartford-Davis keeps the focus on slam-bang action and his efforts are nicely enhanced by sharp lensing by cinematographer Richard Kline. The film also sports an ace supporting cast, including Martin Landau and Bruce Glover, who attack their over-the-top racist villain characterizations with maximum gusto. Bernie Casey also turns in a convincing performance as a tough-minded activist. In the end, Black Gunn never rises above "programmer" status, but it's got enough punch to be decent time-killing fare for blaxploitation genre completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0043396106376
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arell Blanton TV Director
Gyl Roland Celeste
James Louis Watkins Lt. Jopper
Jim Brown Gunn
Martin Landau Capelli
Brenda Sykes Judith
Tommy Davis Webb
Rick Ferrell Jimpy
Jay Montgomery Junkie
Mark Tapscott Cassidy
Luciana Paluzzi Toni
Stephen McNally Laurento
Keefe Brasselle Winman
Timothy Brown Larry
Bernie Casey Seth
Gary Conway Adams
Chuck Daniel Mel
Bruce Glover Ray Kriley
Toni Holt Betty
Herbert Jefferson Scott Gunn
Gene Washington Elmo
Jonas Wolfe Val
Tony Young Dell
Sandra Giles Prostitute
Lavelle Roby Jane
Jeanie Bell Lisa
Tony Giorgio Ben
Frank Bello Robbo
Manuel DePina Bowling Alley Manager
Deacon Jones Himself
Vida Blue Sam Green
William Campbell Rico
Katherine Woodville Louella

Technical Credits
Robert Hartford-Davis Director
Franklin Coen Screenwriter
Jack de Shields Art Director
David de Wilde Editor
John Heyman Producer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Tony Osborne Score Composer
Norman Priggen Producer
Pat Somerset Editor
Max Stein Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:11]
2. The Brothers Gunn [9:21]
3. Russ Capelli [3:44]
4. Sam Green [1:59]
5. Capelli's Used Cars [2:08]
6. Ray Krilley Reports [1:07]
7. BAG in Action [4:27]
8. Hopper & Cassidy, Homicide [5:05]
9. Judith [3:12]
10. Invasion From Across the Tracks [4:58]
11. Toni [5:14]
12. Open-Armed Reception [1:53]
13. The Vendetta Starts [2:05]
14. Hopper's Theory [1:39]
15. In the BAG [2:45]
16. Jimpy [3:26]
17. Who Chopped My Brother? [3:04]
18. Questioning Kriley [8:03]
19. Judith's New Roommates [4:10]
20. The Paper in Kriley's Pocket [3:09]
21. The Fundraising Party [1:14]
22. Gunn's Deal [2:30]
23. The Drop on Capelli [5:04]
24. Gunn's Army [2:10]
25. San Pedro Warehouse Riot [1:19]
26. Wheels on Fire [5:52]
27. Scott Avenged [2:11]
28. The Charges [:39]

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