Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

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Overview

Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking action-drama about a sex-show stud turned African-American revolutionary has been given a satisfactory presentation on DVD. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song has been given a full-screen transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers may choose between two remixed soundtracks: one in Dolby Digital Stereo and the other in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options included. Bonus materials include a documentary on the making of the ...
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Overview

Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking action-drama about a sex-show stud turned African-American revolutionary has been given a satisfactory presentation on DVD. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song has been given a full-screen transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers may choose between two remixed soundtracks: one in Dolby Digital Stereo and the other in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options included. Bonus materials include a documentary on the making of the film by Melvin Van Peebles, the film's original theatrical trailer, and a filmography.
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Special Features

New making-of documentary by Melvin Van Peebles; Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo; Filmography; Chapter selection; Original theatrical trailer; Coming attractions
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Financed and distributed outside the major Hollywood studio apparatus, Sweetback not only broke the rules of Hollywood structure with its energetic montages and jump cuts, it also revealed the financial force of the African-American audience. With its powerful African-American hero expressing rage at the white world in a story starring "the Black Community," as opposed to Hollywood's de-sexed paragons of African-American dignity, the five-hundred-thousand dollar Sweetback grossed more than ten million dollars in 1971, almost all of it from African-American viewers. Driven more by profits than political awareness, the Hollywood studios swiftly followed the example of Sweetback with a wave of early '70s blaxploitation movies, such as Shaft (1971) and Superfly (1972), cashing in by combining a black hero (or heroine) succeeding over white adversaries with copious sex and violence. However, subsequent objections from African-American critics -- that Sweetback's romanticization of the ghetto and male sexual potency was hardly the revolutionary statement Van Peebles would have it be -- also carried over to the blaxploitation formula. As far as the original, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song loses none of its positive or negative power to provoke even decades after it was made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • UPC: 000799106426
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Xenon
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melvin Van Peebles Sweetback
Simon Chuckster Beetle
Hubert Scales Mu-Mu
John Dullaghan Commissioner
West Gale
Niva Rochelle
John Amos
Nick Ferrari
Rhetta Hughes Old Girl Friend
Lavelle Roby
Ed Rue
Technical Credits
Melvin Van Peebles Director, Score Composer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Clyde Houston Asst. Director, Production Manager
Robert Maxwell Cinematographer
Bob Maxwell Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sweet Sweetback! [6:08]
2. Performance Act [7:21]
3. Community Disturbance [7:19]
4. Nowhere to Run [3:02]
5. Can You Dig It? [2:37]
6. New Developments [5:49]
7. Where's Sweetback? [2:24]
8. Black Misery [6:13]
9. Best I Can Do [4:16]
10. Biker Challenge [8:13]
11. He's Our Future [6:49]
12. Com'on Feet [5:28]
13. Morgue Mix Up [1:41]
14. Haven' Seen Him [6:40]
15. Five Dollar Foil [3:11]
16. Run Sweetback! [8:55]
17. Watch Out [9:52]
18. End Credits [:55]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Audio Setup: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio Setup: Stereo
      The Real Deal What It...Is
      The Films of Melvin VanPeebles
         Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
         Don't Play Us Cheap
         The Story of A Three Day Pass
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Need for Black Heroes

    A movie independent of the influence of Hollywood. This movie does not have the hysterical negro, the wise cracking subordinant nor does it have the star paying homage to the intellect or expertise of some benevolent European. Truth is stranger than fiction and often the movies reflect some aspect of our reality. Hollywood refuses to portray African American males as autonomous and having the wherewithall to take it to the man. Because of this point this movie will never be dated. It reminds me that wee need not seek confirmation or approval when considering or deciding on a course of action aimed at protecting and preserving our dignity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Groundbreaking Effort

    If you're a right-winger, a racist or a Republican, forget this film. But if you want to see a metaphor of minority urban life from the 60's,you definitely should see this one. Finally, a black film made independently of the Hollywood shot-callers. Sweetback really 'gets back at the man'.

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