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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song [1971] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan, West Gale
  • Directors: Melvin Van Peebles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BMUVEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG
A film by Melvin Van Peebles

Having learned the ways of the world being brought up in a brothel, street hustler Sweetback has earned his name through his legendary sexual prowess, cementing his reputation night after night to an audience of hopheads and hipsters hungry for spectacle.

One night on a routine cover-up job with two crooked cops, Sweetback watches a young black man get beaten within an inch of his life and decides to fight back. His action set in motion a journey through the dark heart of 1970s urban America still writhing in the flames of the race riots, encountering motorcycle gangs, back power militants, fascist public officials and a torrent of insatiable women every step of the way.

Conceived and directed by its star Melvin Van Peebles, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song has a distinctive gritty style in keeping with the independent spirit of the times, combining the streetwise realism of Paul Morrissey with the sexual hysteria of Russ Meyer. A brash depiction of urban African American life previously unseen on the screen, its political resonance was confirmed in the Black Panthers' vocal acclaim of the film.

This controversial classic of Black Cinema and independent filmmaking was one of the most successful films of its time and is justly credited with kick-starting the Blaxploitation genre.

Extras
The Real Deal: a 30 minute documentary on Melvin Van Peebles' life as a filmmaker
Biography of Melvin Van Peebles

USA | 1971 | colour | 97 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Review

'Arguably the most important black American film of its age' --Time Out

'A stone cold classic of independent cinema' --Sight and Sound

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Format: DVD
An early blaxploit film made on a budget but it works for me.The previous reviewer correctly refers to poor quality picture/lighting but you're not watching a digitally remastered version with the BFI disc.Everything about the movie is raw and has that "fly on the wall" style with many of its scenes.The music is appropiate and messy at the same time and in being so it adds to the urgency of the more dramatic scenes.I will recommend this to any fan of blaxploit with one simple proviso:it ain't polished like "Shaft" - it's down to earth and seems a truly realistic account of life for some members of America's black and ethnic communities of the late sixties and early seventies.
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This was pioneering stuff for back in 1971, a film where the black guy isn't just a lovable clown playing it up for the rich white guy, or any other stereotype that filled the big screen back in the day. Melvin Van Peebles created a a film 'for all the brothers and sisters tired of the man,' working against the actors guild of the time and making possibly the most un-Hollywood film ever. No one wanted to touch it to begin with, but it grossed over £11 million, made Peebles a household name (sort of) but most importantly gave birth to the whole Blaxploitation genre and made Black cinema as great and important as anything else commited to film.
Also, don't sleep on the soundtrack. It features a damn funkin' Earth, Wind & Fire before anyone knew who they were, along with Peebles'own madcap chants and outbursts. Anyone who has heard Madlib's Quasimoto albums will already be familiar with some of the tracks as they form a large proportion of his vocal samples.
Anyway, essential inspirational viewing. Proof indeed that if you want to achieve somrthing, it is possible. If you're good enough. And Melvin Van Peebles was/is. Keep it funkin' y'all.
They won't bleed me.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
i had the pleasure of watching this film on a grubby betamax video that my dad had hidden under the bed when i was 10 years old (im now 30) and i have to say that this film followed me through out my entire adolescence! its the best blaxploitation film ever made EVER!!!!! i still watch it to this day and sing along to the gritty tunes that blast out of my tv set! my partner and i know all the words..and there arent many as peebles doesnt speak much!! but we use them as cursing out lines up to this day!! if u aint watched this u aint lived believe me!!the biggening scene is the most shocking clip i have ever seen on the big screen!!! and i aint easily shocked but it still has an affect on me now( imagine a ten year old!) this guy loves sex and seems to go through the film batteling with his weapon.(not a gun) quite frequently! please get it please watch it please remember it...its BADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
BIG UP!
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