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4.0 out of 5 stars The decade defining film collection, 12 Jan 2002
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This is the detective that needs no introduction, or very little at least, Shaft defined the blaxploitation films of the 70's. In the first film Shaft is hired by Bumpy the mobster to find his daughter. Through a series of jive talking scenes, savage beatings at the hand of Shaft he discovers the whereabouts of Bumpys offspring. Even if the film isn't to your tastes the amazing soundtrack by Isaac Hayes is worth the video price itself. The second of the trilogy is decidely weaker as a film but still scores as a blaxploitation classic. Unfortunately the soundtrack isn't anywhere near as good as the original. The third in the trilogy "Shaft in Africa" is poor, but still it's a "Shaft" movie and just with the name on the box alone it's worth getting. In this film Shaft smashes a slave ring in Africa, highly medicre fare but with the originals vibrance and soundtrack, these videos should be in every collection of people who are fans of the blaxploitation genre and funk of the 70's
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is Afrolicious!, 25 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Shaft [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
I always see this movie as a great Harlem detective story. Shafts pulsate with street-level lingo and a deep sense of conviction you can help but admire. In the great tradition of detective movies Shaft is clearly a hard-bitten loner who spars with friends and foe alike, then gets just what he wants from everyone.

Even though "Shaft" was an MGM release it was clearly intended for the black audience Hollywood had always ignored. The attitude of Shaft is what set it apart - it made no effort to court the white audience at all. John Shaft kept his mouth shut for nobody, and wasn't interested in carrying a civics lesson or being an ambassador from an alien race. He was openly promiscuous, keeping at least a couple of steady women on his string, and taking in the occasional admiring prostitute. He talked dirty, told white cops where to get off, pushed around the toughest of the black mobsters, and made mincemeat of adversaries both black and white. A year before "The Godfather," the Mafia of Shaft consisted of fairly accurate Italian goombah types; Shaft had no trouble letting loose with the ethnic slurs either. In other words, "Shaft" was a fresh dose of reality, in 70s parlance, 'telling it like it is.' This script showed no influence of studio influence, whatsoever.

Shaft has a good New York look. The overall atmosphere is great, a mixture of dingy, claustrophobic hotel rooms and neglected city streets. A lot of the action appears to take place around Times Square, which was quite a different place in 1970 - much rougher, much more rundown. Shaft must hold the record for the number of movie marquees on view in one film; I'd guess it was filmed in late Summer-Early fall with what's playing in downtown Manhattan. Roundtree fills out the role believably while the surrounding cast work well together, even if the stereotype line is occasionally breached. Several nice moments in the script carry the film over its dull passages, all leading up to a great ending.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot - perfect cast, 3 Jan 2004
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This film is unique in many ways..
1. A black man is shown as desirable and able to pull women.
2. A black man is clever and able to outwit the opposition.
3. A black man is a winner.
This was bound to be controversial.....
Almost without exception Hollywood depicts black males as a joke. Here we have a film with depth and feeling and the central character is strong and to be admired. So, to combat this the word `blacksploitation` was invented and the film derided and sneered at.
I love the scene between Shaft and the Police oficer, the officer holds a black pen against Shaft's face and says "You aint so black", Shaft holds a white mug again the officer's face and replies "You aint so white".
A great film with a lot of wit and a good story line, buy it and enjoy! (And don't bother with the remake.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Shaft Review, 27 Jun 2001
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This wonderful special edition of the Shaft trilogy sends you on a journey back to the soulful and funky seventies. The kick ass action and bad attitude will have wanting more of the private dick they call Shaft. Buy it now an experiance the sex machine in action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is talking about Shaft on Blu Ray, Can you dig it?, 12 Sep 2012
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I've been waiting since I got my first Blu-Ray player for Shaft to be released. I've watched the dual sided cardboard box DVD on numerous occasions and along with Superfly it's my favourite Blaxploitation film. This is a US release, but plays All Region.

First off the transfer is an improvement on the original and things are far more clear than before, not perfect, but still an improvement. As far as the extras go it's what was on the DVD with an added bonus of one of the Shaft TV movies included. It's a rather annoying 4:3 aspect, but I've wanted to watch one of these for a long time (all 7 are now available as a DVD box set). Curiosity solved and while the TV movie is like Shaft Lite I still enjoyed it and will invest in the box set.

Overall the Film, upgraded picture and introduction to the TV Series/Film bonus deserves 5 Stars.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very slick/sexy action-thriller...I dig that sound Isaac!, 5 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Shaft [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Well, the story is, Shaft a cool black police officer with links to his poor background on the streets of New York, heads off on a private job to find the local gangsters kidnapped daughter (for a price). He heads back onto the streets for a treat of realistic and gritty action where Shaft smooth talks the women (who worship him), takes no crap from anyone and where the moral of the tale tells us that human beings must look after one another (the white mafia stab each other in the back, while the black brothers and sisters look after their own). After hearing they were filming a re-make of this film with Samuel L Jackson playing lead man John Shaft, I decided to watch the original. The thing that struck me from the start was the music which was done by the musician/songwriter Isaac Hayes (who now does the voice of chef in South Park). His voice is gorgeous. This video gets a preety big thumbs up because of its excellent soundtrack, it standing the test of time well and the social commentary of its day (the hero is black/cool/sexy). I think its ace! Look out for Shafts excellent laugh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars shaft, 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Shaft [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
good copy happy with purchase arrived on time enjoyed film greatly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Packs quite a punch!, 19 Jun 2014
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Simultaneously sleek & gritty, tough & cheeky, this film sure lingers on the mind. And the music! You have to listen to it just once, and that's it. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!, 21 May 2014
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Bit rubbish that it's in 4:3, but as soon as the theme tune starts, you know you're going to love it. Probably not a good buy is you're racist though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic...., 26 Feb 2014
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I know the music from the 70's and now have seen the film, classic is all I can say, great film!
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