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The Mack

5.0 3
Director: Michael I. Campus

Cast: Max Julien, Richard Pryor, Don Gordon

 
New Line has put together a special edition DVD for The Mack that is required viewing for anyone with a serious interest in this film. The remastered transfer used for this disc makes it look and sound better than it ever has on video: despite the limitations of the low-budget source materials, the image is rich in sharp detail and robust color and the disc's

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New Line has put together a special edition DVD for The Mack that is required viewing for anyone with a serious interest in this film. The remastered transfer used for this disc makes it look and sound better than it ever has on video: despite the limitations of the low-budget source materials, the image is rich in sharp detail and robust color and the disc's producers have assembled a credible Dolby Digital 5.1 remix from the soundtrack's original mono elements. Even better, this disc of The Mack offers a stellar pair of extras. The first is an excellent commentary track that involves director Michael Campus, producer Harvey Bernhard and most of the principal cast. Everyone delivers a no-hold-barred array of information about the production but the undeniable star of the show is Max Julien, who acts as both a philosopher and raconteur as he discusses what he brought to the film and how it has affected his life. The other bonus is an excellent video documentary called "Mackin' Ain't Easy" that combines film clips, news footage and new interviews to create a definitive portrait of the film's production and the influence it continues to exert over pop culture. Strangely, the DVD lacks a trailer for the film: this omission is disappointing but a minor gripe when one considers the quality of the transfer and supplements. In the end, New Line's DVD of The Mack is a great way for novice viewers to experience this unique film and a necessity for the film's fanbase.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Cult film fanatics may find themselves initially stunned by The Mack because it is in many ways the polar opposite of the blaxploitation films it is often lumped in with: the amount of racy and violent content is minimal, the storyline is episodic in nature and the dramatic tone is very heavy and dark from start to finish. It also lacks the polish of films like Shaft and Superfly: the technical quality of the film is frequently raw and the pacing is sometimes inconsistent. However, viewers who can get used to this style will find The Mack to be a rewarding experience because it makes up for what it lacks in polish with a wealth of detail and plenty of raw emotion. The script is rife with quotable dialogue and documentarian-turned-director Michael Campus brings a feverish 'you are there' intensity to the material. The film further benefits from an excellent orchestral soul score by Willie Hutch that adds style and a haunting, subtle sense of dramatic weight to the proceedings. The acting occasionally goes a bit over the top but is pulled through by the sincerity of the actors: Max Julien's performance hits the right mix of carefully guarded vulnerability and deep-seated anger as Goldie and Don Gordon is downright terrifying as his main cop nemesis. There are also several notable supporting performances, including Dick Anthony William's charismatic turn as rival pimp Pretty Tony and Roger Mosley's impassioned work as Goldie's radicalized brother. The work of these gifted actors, combined with the consistent intensity of the filmmaking, brings the material to life in a way that keeps the viewer riveted even when the story loses focus. All in all, The Mack is a one-of-a-kind urban epic and required viewing for anyone interested in the major cult movies of the 1970's.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
UPC:
0794043556623
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
2,953

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version of the film; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS Surround Sound, Stereo Surround Sound ; Feature-length audio commentary with star Max Julien, Director Micheal Campus, producer Harvey Bernhard, actors Dick Anthony Williams, Annazette Chase, Don Gordon and Geroge Murdok; Original documentary: Makin' ain't easy...the stories behind the making of this Cult Classic are more outrageous than those on-screen. a look back at the Mack illuminates radical politics of Oakland in the 70's and explains why this film still influences filmmakers and hip-hop artists today ; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max Julien Goldie
Richard Pryor Slim
Don Gordon Hank
Carol Speed Lulu
Roger E. Mosley Olinga
Bill Barnes Actor
Christopher Brooks Jesus Christ
Annazette Chase China Doll
Lee Duncan Sgt. Duncan
Fritz Ford Desk Sergeant
Stu Gilliam Announcer
Kai Hernandez Chico
Junero Jennings Baltimore Bob
David Mauro Laughing David
William Watson Jed
Juanita Moore Mother
George Murdock Fatman
Dick Williams Pretty Tony
Sandra Brown Diane
Norma McClure Big Woman
Dick Anthony Williams Pretty Tony

Technical Credits
Michael I. Campus Director
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Frank C. Decot Editor
Willie Hutch Score Composer
Robert J. Poole Screenwriter
Ralph A. Woolsey Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Crime...Time/Main Title [5:53]
2. A Primer on Pimping [2:48]
3. Lulu [3:35]
4. Reunions [4:38]
5. Brotherly Love [3:54]
6. Getting Primped/Memories [4:19]
7. "He's Still a Pimp" [2:38]
8. Business Plans/Hooking Diane [5:33]
9. RSVP to Fatman/Training [5:30]
10. A Satisfying Drive [4:26]
11. Goldie's Planetarium Show [6:16]
12. The Player's Picnic [2:36]
13. "You Wanna Be Like Me" [6:29]
14. Fatman's "Offer" [5:08]
15. Blood Breach/Animals to Trust [4:55]
16. When Bad Cops Get Worse [3:15]
17. Seeking Peace [2:51]
18. Mack of the Year [3:17]
19. Injecting Revenge [8:42]
20. High Price for a New Girl [3:02]
21. Sticking It to Tony [5:39]
22. "I'm Gonna Follow You" [3:52]
23. Beating the System [1:55]
24. Starting Over/End Credits [5:03]

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The Mack 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have seen. It's has a great soundtrack, a great cast, and a funny storyline which shows the trials and tribulations of a man trying to make ends meet through becoming a 'Mack'. Best classic Blackplotation movies out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago