Truck Turner

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Blasting on to DVD courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment's Soul Cinema Collection, Truck Turner features singer Isaac Hayes letting his fists pick up where his mouth left off after scoring the Academy Award-winning theme to Shaft (1971), playing harder-than-concrete skip-tracer Mack "Truck" Turner in this lively and entertaining film. Offering attractive packaging and a clean and crisp transfer, you can't beat the Soul Cinema Collection for offering a great package for a reasonable price. Letterboxed at 1.85:1 and ...
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Blasting on to DVD courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment's Soul Cinema Collection, Truck Turner features singer Isaac Hayes letting his fists pick up where his mouth left off after scoring the Academy Award-winning theme to Shaft (1971), playing harder-than-concrete skip-tracer Mack "Truck" Turner in this lively and entertaining film. Offering attractive packaging and a clean and crisp transfer, you can't beat the Soul Cinema Collection for offering a great package for a reasonable price. Letterboxed at 1.85:1 and enhanced for widescreen TVs, the image shows slight age and appears minimally washed out at times, though it is mostly attractive, featuring vibrant color and even skin tones. Film grain and artifacting are surprisingly minimal considering the film's age. The English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is remarkably clear and evenly mixed, vibrantly rendering Hayes' upbeat and funky score. Subtitles are offered in easy-to-read French and Spanish, straddling the lower letterboxing of the image. It's great to see that a film this relatively obscure is being preserved and presented so well. The main menu is attractive, well designed, and easy to use, offering nothing more than a poor transfer of the original theatrical trailer. Though grainy and washed out, it's still booming with music and energy and that unmistakable 1970s movie-trailer feel, providing an entertaining capper to this enjoyable disc.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In 1974, chart-topping musician Isaac Hayes an Oscar winner for his Shaft theme tested the blaxploitation waters with Truck Turner, a handsomely mounted starring vehicle that became a blockbuster hit for its distributor, American International Pictures. These days Hayes is best known as South Park's "Chef," but viewers accustomed to his amiably subversive avuncularity in that show might be surprised to see how effective he is as a two-fisted tough guy in this gritty, violent drama. Truck, a former gridiron great now working as a bounty hunter, prowls L.A.'s mean streets in search of a sadistic pimp and in the process runs up against underworld kingpin Harvard Blue Yaphet Kotto. A seemingly never-ending string of action set pieces -- including car chases, fist fights, and shootouts including one doozy staged in a hospital -- come courtesy of director Jonathan Kaplan Unlawful Entry, who refuses to be hamstrung by the somewhat routine script and one-dimensional characters. Hayes is given firm support by Scatman Crothers, Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols as a foul-mouthed madam, and Our Gang's Matthew "Stymie" Beard, among others. MGM's DVD sports a new widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs and includes the film's original trailer.
All Movie Guide - Jon Mills
Roger Corman alumnus Jonathan Kaplan delivers one of the best blaxploitation films of the era with Truck Turner. Commencing with a series of amusing vignettes, the "gentle but tough" nature of Mack "Truck" Turner is shown, which -- along with the camaraderie between our hero and his buddy -- lead to a more three-dimensional portrayal than most blaxploitation films offer. But Truck Turner has just as many laughs, both intentional and non-intentional (some of the clothing has to be seen to be believed). In 1974, car smashes and slow-motion violence were in vogue, and this high-octane ride delivers the goods on both counts. The acting is as good as one can expect in a B-movie: Nichelle Nichols (best known as Star Trek's Lt. Uhura) puts in a nice performance as a sexy, foul-mouthed whoremonger, and Yaphet Kotto plays his villain role with his usual engrossing professionalism. The plot, if a little slow, is actually pretty engrossing, and Issac Hayes is superb throughout as both actor and composer (the funky non-diagetic soundtrack adds much to the experience). It's amazing that this is Hayes' only real starring role: in his first try, he accomplished a standout film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • UPC: 027616857910
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clarence A. Barnes Toro
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Jail Guard
Scatman Crothers Duke
Lisa Farringer Annette
Larry Gabriel Travis
Isaac Hayes Truck Turner
Yaphet Kotto Harvard Blue
Robert Harris Snow
Paul Harris Gator
Henry Kingi Candy Man
John Kramer Desmond
Earl Maynard Panama
Don Megowan Garrity
Richard Miller Fogarty
Mel Novak Doctor
Edna Richardson Frenchie
Stan Shaw Fontana
Eddie Smith Druggist
Esther Sutherland Black Mama
Don Watters Val
Jac Emil Reno
Donnie Williams Highway Man
Annik Borel Stalingrad
Alan Weeks Jerry
Annazette Chase Annie
Nichelle Nichols Dorinda
Sam Laws Nate
Technical Credits
Jonathan Kaplan Director
Michael Allin Screenwriter
Leigh Chapman Screenwriter
Isaac Hayes Score Composer
Paul Heller Producer
Martin Hornstein Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Ann McCarthy Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Weintraub Producer
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
Jerry Wilkes Screenwriter
Oscar Williams Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Title/Intro/Credits. [4:41]
2. Skip Tracers. [4:38]
3. Sonjugal Visit. [5:56]
4. Hard Bargain. [4:21]
5. Gettin' Gator. [11:41]
6. Pimp Civil War. [7:58]
7. Together Again. [4:53]
8. Pimp Funeral. [3:04]
9. Sluts for Sale. [6:21]
10. Failed Attempts. [6:29]
11. Insured Death. [6:45]
12. Truck Stop. [4:16]
13. Bamboozled. [4:57]
14. Looking For Blue. [5:13]
15. No Escape. [6:16]
16. Kitty/End Credits. [3:44]
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Menu

Main.
Play Movie.
   Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:31:18
Theatrical Trailer.
Subtitles.
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