Trouble Man

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Overview

While it doesn't have the rep of movies like Superfly, The Mack, or Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, Trouble Man is certainly one of the better films to come out of the blaxploitation cycle of the 1970s, and if you strip away the funky threads and sometimes dated ghetto slang, you get a solid crime story directed with subtle efficiency by Ivan Dixon, with a solid musical score from Marvin Gaye. Trouble Man has finally made its way onto DVD in an edition from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the disc ...
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Overview

While it doesn't have the rep of movies like Superfly, The Mack, or Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, Trouble Man is certainly one of the better films to come out of the blaxploitation cycle of the 1970s, and if you strip away the funky threads and sometimes dated ghetto slang, you get a solid crime story directed with subtle efficiency by Ivan Dixon, with a solid musical score from Marvin Gaye. Trouble Man has finally made its way onto DVD in an edition from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the disc captures the film's strengths with a minimum of fuss. Trouble Man has been released on a two-sided disc, one side featuring a widescreen transfer of the film, letterboxed at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors, and the flip side featuring a pan-and-scan version of the film at the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. Both transfers look crisp and capture the streetwise look of Michel Hugo's camerawork nicely. The audio is presented in four formats: a new stereo mix of the English language soundtrack, and original mono versions in English, Spanish, and French, all mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional subtitles in English and Spanish are also on board. As a bonus, the disc includes the original trailer for Trouble Man, as well previews for three other Fox DVD releases. While this release is short on extras, it does offer a highly underrated movie in a strong package, and folks interested in '70s grindhouse cinema will find the Trouble Man DVD to be a pleasant surprise.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Trouble Man is a prototypical example of the blaxploitation genre: it's got a stoic tough-guy hero, easy-to-hate villains, an atmosphere of urban danger, and plenty of colorful street language. The storyline isn't particularly original or surprising, but screenwriter John D.F. Black assembles it with skill. Better yet, the tale is brought to life by a vivid cast of gifted actors: Robert Hooks is all quiet intensity as the hero, Julius Harris is a suitably menacing as a crime boss, and Paul Winfield and Ralph Waite are convincingly sleazy as a pair of aspiring hoods. Director Ivan Dixon gets strong, surprisingly understated performances from this well-chosen cast and gives the action a cool visual style that suits it well. The capper is a strong score by Marvin Gaye, including a fantastic, jazzy theme song. Ultimately, Trouble Man isn't ambitious enough to qualify as a blaxploitation classic, but its smooth style makes it very easy to watch for genre fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • UPC: 024543222682
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,120

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia Capers Macy
Johnny Crawford Sgt. Koeppler
Danny Lopez Young Boxer
Felton Perry Bobby
Stack Pierce Collie
Tracy Reed Policewoman
Larry Cook Buddy
Edmund Cambridge Sam
Robert Hooks Mr. T
Vince Howard Preston
William Smithers Capt. Joe Marks
Wayne Storm Frank
Paul Winfield Chalky
Ralph Waite Pete
Paula Kelly Cleo
Bill Henderson Jimmy
Julius Harris Big
Technical Credits
Ivan Dixon Director
John D.F. Black Producer, Screenwriter
Albert Brenner Art Director
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Joel Freeman Producer
Marvin Gaye Score Composer
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Michael Kahn Editor
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Reuben Watt Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Trouble Man - Fullscreen
1. Main Titles [4:51]
2. The Texas Challenge [4:46]
3. Again, for $500 [2:29]
4. Trouble Man [2:33]
5. House Calls [:21]
6. The Game, The Setup [3:45]
7. Abbey Walsh is Dead [6:37]
8. Arrest at Main Street Gym [4:37]
9. Dig; Joe? [:35]
10. Visiting Big [2:37]
11. The Meeting [4:27]
12. Billy Chi [5:41]
13. Trouble Brewing at Jimmy's Pool Room [3:11]
14. Raid [1:21]
15. Cover Up [2:55]
16. Captain Marx on the Case [2:00]
17. Pack Your Bags [4:22]
18. Getting Rid of Mr. T [1:51]
19. Worked Over [3:50]
20. The Records Room [:42]
21. Leaving Town [:48]
22. Waiting for Chalky [1:27]
23. T's Revenge [3:46]
24. Pete's Hideout [2:52]
25. On the Inside [2:39]
26. Finishing the Job [2:39]
27. Concealing the Evidence [1:19]
28. End Titles [4:15]
Disc #1, Side B -- Trouble Man - Widescreen
1. Main Titles [4:51]
2. The Texas Challenge [4:46]
3. Again, for $500 [2:29]
4. Trouble Man [2:33]
5. House Calls [:21]
6. The Game, The Setup [3:45]
7. Abbey Walsh is Dead [6:37]
8. Arrest at Main Street Gym [4:37]
9. Dig; Joe? [:35]
10. Visiting Big [2:37]
11. The Meeting [4:27]
12. Billy Chi [5:41]
13. Trouble Brewing at Jimmy's Pool Room [3:11]
14. Raid [1:21]
15. Cover Up [2:55]
16. Captain Marx on the Case [2:00]
17. Pack Your Bags [4:22]
18. Getting Rid of Mr. T [1:51]
19. Worked Over [3:50]
20. The Records Room [:42]
21. Leaving Town [:48]
22. Waiting for Chalky [1:27]
23. T's Revenge [3:46]
24. Pete's Hideout [2:52]
25. On the Inside [2:39]
26. Finishing the Job [2:39]
27. Concealing the Evidence [1:19]
28. End Titles [4:15]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Trouble Man - Fullscreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio
         English Mono
         English Stereo
         French Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         Man On Fire
         The French Connection
         Sugar Hill
Disc #1, Side B -- Trouble Man - Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio
         English Mono
         English Stereo
         French Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         Man On Fire
         The French Connection
         Sugar Hill
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