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Jack Starrett's blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include production notes. The widescreen image and the inexpensive disc price make this disc worthwhile for genre enthusiasts, as well as anyone wishing to make a first ...
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Jack Starrett's blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include production notes. The widescreen image and the inexpensive disc price make this disc worthwhile for genre enthusiasts, as well as anyone wishing to make a first foray into the genre.
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This colorful blaxploitation outing is a lightweight affair but offers enough cheap thrills and campy laughs for fans of the genre. The script, which was penned by actor Max Julien (star of The Mack), is notable for applying a moral, socially positive approach to the blaxploitation genre by making its heroine an intelligent agent of the law who is out to clean up her neighborhood. However, it removes much of the fun of the average blaxploitation film in the process, creating a squeaky-clean tone devoid of the raunchy fun on display in films like Coffy and Superfly. It also suffers from a weak heroine; Cleopatra may be smart and resourceful, but the lack of depth applied to her character and the filmmakers' desire to have her be clean-cut makes her quite dull. Despite these problems, Cleopatra Jones remains quite watchable thanks to some energetic filmmaking. Jack Starrett's direction is crisp, giving the film the color and humor of a good comic book as it delivers plenty of fast, funky action. The film also benefits from a top-notch score by jazz arranger J.J. Johnson, who blends conventional orchestrations with gritty funk rhythms to create a soulful but stylish sound. In terms of acting, Tamara Dobson lacks the chops to overcome the comic-book nature of her character, but Antonio Fargas is slyly funny as the social-climbing crook Doodlebug and Shelley Winters gives one of her most memorably outrageous performances as the villainous Mommy. In the end, Cleopatra Jones is probably too lightweight and silly for a general audience, but offers up some modest charms for the patient blaxploitation enthusiast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • UPC: 085391127529
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tamara Dobson Cleopatra Jones
Bernie Casey Reuben
Brenda Sykes Tiffany
Antonio Fargas Doodlebug
Bill McKinney Officer Purdy
Shelley Winters Mommy
Joe Tornatore Mommy's Hood
Theodore Wilson Doodlebug's Hood
Mike Warren Andy
Dan Frazer Detective Crawford
Stafford Morgan Sgt. Kert
Albert Popwell Matthew
Caro Kenyatta The Johnson Boy
Esther Rolle Mrs. Johnson
Paul Koslo Mommy's Hood
Hedley Mattingly Chauffeur
George Reynolds Doodlebug's Hood
Christopher Joy Snake
Angela Gibbs Annie
John Garwood Lt. Thompkins
John Alderman Mommy's Assistant
Keith Hamilton Maxwell Woodman
Don Cornelius Himself
Technical Credits
Jack Starrett Director
Carl Brandt Score Composer
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
J.J. Johnson Score Composer
Allan Jacobs Editor
Max Julien Co-producer, Screenwriter
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Sheldon Keller Screenwriter
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Brad Shapiro Score Composer
William Tennant Producer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Peter W. Wooley Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Jump to a Scene
1. The lady arrives (Credits; Theme from Cleopatra Jones). [3:05]
2. $30 million in flames. [2:02]
3. Bust at B&S House. [6:38]
4. Her reception committee. [2:45]
5. Cleo's hot. [2:43]
6. "The honeymoon is over." [1:23]
7. Her jurisdiction. [3:38]
8. A heavy trip. [2:36]
9. Sniper's target. [2:46]
10. Message for Mommy. [4:50]
11. Mrs. Johnson and her boys. [3:45]
12. Questions for Andy. [2:50]
13. Casting her spell. [2:15]
14. Doodlebug takes a hike. [2:31]
15. Hot pursuit. [5:34]
16. Doodlebug's place (Rock Me, Lord). [3:34]
17. The Purdy watch. [1:42]
18. Deadly traffic. [3:53]
19. Street security. [1:22]
20. Snake's terrible trouble. [5:14]
21. Pouncing on Purdy. [4:11]
22. Stink of a rotten cop. [2:52]
23. Surprise at St. Cecilia's [3:44]
24. A crush on Tony. [3:34]
25. Vehicular mayhem. [2:54]
26. Mommy's fall. [1:56]
27. "Right on, Cleo!" [2:18]
28. End Credits. [1:46]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who was that Bad Mamma Jamma?

    I think Tamara Dobson is absolutely stunning in the movie she’s no Pam Greir but she does have some spunk in her. 'Cleopatra Jones' is one of my favourite 1970s exploitation movies. While technically blaxploitation it bears very little resemblance to the grittiness and relative realism of 'Shaft', 'Superfly' or 'Black Caesar'. It is closer to 'Black Belt Jones' meets James Bond, especially the spectacular opening sequence in Turkey. If you don't take it too seriously this is fantastic fun. Tamara Dobson is beautiful, sassy and kick ass as Special Government Agent Cleopatra Jones, enemy to drug pushers everywhere. Her lover's (Bernie Casey - 'Never Say Never Again') half-way house is under threat of closure after a dubious drug bust. Cleo suspects the involvement of a crooked cop (the always menacing Bill McKinney - 'Deliverance'), and local drug big wig Mommy (Shelley Winters as a larger than life lesbian leather queen!). Mommy and her henchmen (one of which is the legendary Paul Koslo - 'The Omega Man') try everything in their power to stop Cleopatra, but hell, look at her moves! her clothes! her Afro! Who do you think is gonna win here?! And then there is the romantic scene with her and Bernie Casey which is not explicit but intense. While the movie can be classified as "cheesy" by many, it does have action, adventure, and romance. The action is non-stop-Cleo is always kung fuing someone or driving the hell out of her Corvette to get away from the bad guys. Also, there a pretty neat scene where she rides a motorcycle up a steep hill to everyone's dismay (if you happen to catch CJ on DVD or VHS, use pause on this scene-it is clearly a Caucasian male, with brown makeup, who is actually riding the motorcycle). A stylish, silly and wonderfully entertaining trash classic. Directed by Jack Starrett ('Slaughter', 'Race With The Devil') and co-written and produced by actor Max Julien ('Psych-Out', 'The Mack'). 'Cleopatra Jones' is a must see for 70s buffs.

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