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Truck Turner

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
UPC: 0027616857910
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

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

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
Dick 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

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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