Pootie Tang

Pootie Tang

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Director: Louis C.K.

Cast: Lance Crouther, Jennifer Coolidge, Wanda Sykes

     
 

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Louis C.K.'s satire of blaxploitation films, Pootie Tang, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailerSee more details below

Overview

Louis C.K.'s satire of blaxploitation films, Pootie Tang, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a music video from 702. This is a film that, with the proper help, could become a cult classic. It is a shame Paramount did not do more with the disc to facilitate that process. As it stands, Pootie Tang will please the film's fans, but does not offer anything special to the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Unlike so many Saturday Night Live spin-offs, the underrated Pootie Tang was built out of a TV skit -- from the defunct Chris Rock Show -- that deserved a fuller treatment. Mining the line between gibberish and jive -- and between hip-hop and hype -- Rock Show director Louis C.K. has written and directed a movie that aims for cult status and mostly earns it. Pootie (played by Lance Crouther) is a ghetto superstar par excellence -- corny-cool right down to his cheap tinted shades and wide-open short-sleeve shirts. And while he may look like a wannabe Commodore trying to get backstage at a Teena Marie-Rick James concert, he's really a superhero whose powers lie in a magic belt bequeathed to Pootie by his late father (one of many roles played by Rock). When he's not recording wordless hit songs, he's out doing public service announcements to keep the kids of America (by way of Brooklyn) sober, off drugs, and as far away from cheeseburgers and chicken as possible. His PSAs have driven a super-conglomerate's profits into the ground. Eventually the CEO (played by Robert Vaughn in a hilariously tragic dye job) dispatches his temptress (Jennifer Coolidge) to weaken Pootie so he can steal the belt and make Pootie do malt liquor ads. You get the picture: Pootie Tang mocks the place where hip-hop and blaxplotiation meet. As it turns out, the movie's low-budget sheen is its own best critique of the retro-fabulousness being laughed at. With the peerless Wanda Sykes (dressed as a middle-aged Lil' Kim) providing plenty of laughs, Pootie is hellbent on keepin' it surreal.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The character of Pootie Tang, a blend of hip-hop star and blaxploitation stud superhero, is well played by Lance Crouther who simultaneously brings to mind both Rudy Ray Moore as Dolemite and Buster Keaton's hilarious stone-faced expressions. For its first 15 minutes, the film is an inspired series of jokes ranging from a parody of a fight scene in an action film to the unusual death of Pootie's dad, including maybe the funniest scene ever of an unfaithful lover being kicked out of his jealous girlfriend's apartment. Although the film is unable to maintain the humor and the energy throughout its rather short 75-minute running time, Pootie Tang does deserve to be mentioned alongside Hollywood Shuffle and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka as one of the few films to take a strong comedic look at the images of African-Americans in popular culture. Though unable to expand on its sketch-comedy roots, Pootie Tang has all the makings of a cult favorite.
Village Voice
Poised somewhere between blaxploitation spoof and avant-garde freak-out, Pootie Tang qualifies as the weirdest, funniest studio release of the [2001] summer and a bona fide cult object in the making.... "Sipi-tai!" and "Wa-da-ta!" are his favorite interjections. It's one of the movie's central jokes that everyone somehow understands what he's saying.... [Louis] C.K. enlivens the proceedings with a befuddling array of alienation effects...and muscles through the threadbare patches by sheer force of surreal non sequitur. Dennis Lim

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2001
UPC:
0097363392248
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:21:00

Special Features

Music video: "Pootie Tangin' " by 702; original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lance Crouther Pootie Tang
Jennifer Coolidge Ireenie
Wanda Sykes Biggie Shorty
Robert Vaughn Dick Lecter
Chris Rock JB
Dave Attell Frank
Reg E. Cathey Dirty Dee
J.B. Smoove Trucky
Andy Richter Actor
Conan O'Brien Actor
Chuck Jeffreys Bad Bitty
Kristen Bell Actor
Keesha Sharp P.G.

Technical Credits
Louis C.K. Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Doug Abel Editor
Roy Anderson Stunts
Dave Becky Executive Producer
Blair Breard Co-producer
Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb Producer
Sean Daniel Executive Producer
David Gale Producer
Brett Goldstein Casting
Willy Kurant Cinematographer
Ali LeRoi Producer
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
QD3 Score Composer
Chris Rock Producer
Michael Rotenberg Executive Producer
Peter Schneider Sound/Sound Designer
Momita Sengupta Associate Producer
Amanda Silberstein Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy Beth Silver Production Designer
Andrea Stanley Art Director
Richard Steele Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Rae Thewlis Asst. Director
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Tonero Williams Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Sine Your Pitty on the Runny Kine [8:09]
2. Sepatown [4:48]
3. Sa Da Tay [:12]
4. Wadatah [10:16]
5. Tipi Tai [1:02]
6. Main Damie [10:28]
7. Capatown [1:58]
8. Cole Me Down on the Panny Sty [9:00]

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