Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

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Cast: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

     
 

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 otherSee more details below

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0000799106426
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Xenon
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
24,840

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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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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