Dolemite (Blu-ray)

April 22, 2016 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore) has been in prison on some trumped up, jive ass charges, but now he is back on the streets. The Warden has been shown some new evidence that supports Dolemite’s claims of innocence, not to mention the neighborhood has fallen into chaos in his absence. Dolemite knows that while some crooked cops were involved in his frame up, the real power behind it was his nemesis Willie Green. No sooner is he out of jail and enjoying some female companionship, when Green’s men ambush Dolemite. Of course, Dolemite mows them down with a machine gun, but his lovemaking was curtailed, yet another grave injustice visited on him by Willie Green. This is just the start of Green’s assault of Dolemite’s empire, as the legendary pimp soon has to fend off waves of Green’s thugs everywhere he goes. Even the corrupt cops behind his frame up come around and try to finish the job and Dolemite learns that corruptions runs higher than he ever imagined. If he wants to stay out of jail and clear his name, Dolemite will need to find proof of the crooked people within the system. Can Dolemite, his crisp martial arts skills, and an army of fierce prostitutes uncover proof of the widespread corruption before it is too late?

This is just a bad ass movie. A low rent, out of control blaxsploitation classic like no other. This has all you could want from the genre and so much more. You’ll see ample naked women on showcase, not to mention that they’re martial arts wizards who happen to be hookers as well. The sex angle isn’t always erotic however, as demonstrated when the camera switches to the “ho cam” to show us what sex with Dolemite would look like. Even better than the sex is the violence, which centers on some of the most hilarious martial arts showdowns ever captured. Dolemite is portrayed as the ultimate ass kicker, but his moves seem a bit rusty and of course, that is part of the fun here. There is also some gunplay, but the real star of Dolemite is the man himself, Rudy Ray Moore. Moore is off the rails in the role, bringing a wild brand of energy that never fails to entertain. Even when spouting ridiculous lines or engaging in clunky fight scenes, Moore commands the screen and is a lot of fun to watch. Fans of Moore’s comedy records will enjoy a few of his poetic creations, but his out of control dialogue is what steals the show. Dolemite is loaded with quotable moments and some are certain to become part of your pop culture arsenal. I am thrilled to finally own Dolemite in high definition and Vinegar Syndrome has crafted a proper edition for fans to treasure.

Video: How’s it look?

Dolemite is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, as intended. This movie is never going to look pristine, but this transfer gives us the finest looking version to date. The low budget roots are evident, but so is the charm inherent to that, so I think fans will appreciate that. This is a nice improvement over DVD editions I’ve watched over the years, with more clarity and an overall clean print that ensures the movie shines. This isn’t going to dazzle the eyes by any means, but considering the age and budget of the movie itself, Dolemite looks quite good in this treatment.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The original mono soundtrack is provided and it sounds just liked you’d think. The funky music sounds good and every line of the golden dialogue is clear and crisp. There are some age related issues here and there, but this is a clean and more than up to the task audio presentation. This release also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A nice collection of extras has been assembled, including I, Dolemite, a documentary about the film’s creation. Two more featurettes are also on deck, one is Lady Reed Uncut and the other is a look at the film’s locations now and then. Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer provides a historical commentary track with even more information about the man and the movie, while rounding out the extras are trailers for Dolemite and The Human Tornado.

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