Plot: What’s it about?
Tracy (Diana Ross) works at a desk, but has dreams to take herself far beyond her current simple position. She goes to night school for art classes, with the intention of putting her skills to use as a fashion designer. She soon meets up with Brian (Billy Dee Williams), a young man with big dreams of his own, as he plans to use politics to make a better world. The two hit it off right away, but still have some conflicts here and there. Despite the bumps in the road, the two share their dreams and pledge to stand by each other, though Tracy soon finds herself torn. She is approached by Sean (Anthony Perkins), a fashion photographer who wants to take her to Rome, to model her own designs. The opportunity proves to be too great, so she leaves Brian’s side and soon finds herself swept into a lifestyle she never expected. When Brian travels to Rome to bring back his love, things become complicated, but will the true love they once shared still burn bright?
If you’re a fan of trainwreck style cinema, then you should be thrilled by the release of Mahogany. This is easily up there with the “best of the worst” type movies, an absolute misfire that manages to be so bad, you just have to laugh. Diana Ross, one of the most successful female vocalists ever, should have never been allowed this kind of role. She drowns in the part and struggles with even the most basic lines. Not only is her performance simply terrible, but she comes off as so unlikable; she’s more shrill than one human should be able to pull off. As you’d expect from a movie based in the world of fashion, the outfits on showcase are bold, but also some of the most atrocious you’ll ever see. Once you’ve seen a glow in the dark ensemble, you know the fashion world wasn’t rocked by the designs within. This one has bad acting, even from Billy Dee Williams, and terrible writing, but the music is terrific. The theme song is one we should all know, but the rest is also solid. I can’t recommend Mahogany to everyone, but for those who love to slow down at car accidents, this release is worth a rental.
Video: How does it look?
Video- Mahogany is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. As expected, some grain and print wear is evident, but given the nature of the production, I think this was unavoidable. These flaws never amount to much and in truth, I think the grain fits in well here, as the film has a very 70s visual scheme. The colors are natural in scope, with minimal fades present, while flesh tones are normal and never shift in the least. The contrast is usually strong, but sometimes weakened by the grain, though never too much. All in all, a more than acceptable treatment.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release uses a mono option, so don’t expect much here, although the audio is more than passable. As this is an older mono soundtrack, the audio is a shade shaky at times, but for what it is, this track is more than solid. The soundtrack is in smooth form, free from distortion and such, while sound effects are limited in scope, but come on, this is a mono track, after all. No issues with dialogue, as vocals are clean and never stumble in the slightest. This disc also includes English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.