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on 22 April 2015
Described as one of the greatest Blaxploitation movies ever and I can see why, this is a great movie from start to finish, an action packed story-line full of sex and nudity and brutal executions at the hands of the beautiful Pam Grier, this is one girl who knows revenge, after her little sister becomes ill because of drug dealers and gangsters Coffy decides the law is not good enough at their job and decides to dish out her own justice, the movie has its violent moments with plenty of cool gun play, there's lashings of nudity, and a fantastic cast all the way, Pam Grier of course back in the 70's was smoking hot and plays one mean woman, Sid Haig makes a younger starring role too as usual playing a cool gangster, this is a very iconic movie that's well paced out with an awesome soundtrack too, this is the movie Pam did before Foxy Brown but personally I think this is a better movie, really worth checking out now especially as Arrow films have released such an awesome Blu-ray.

Blu-ray picture quality looks fantastic in HD
Features include a commentary, interviews, trailers and more,
You get a nice booklet with 10-pages of text, reversible sleeve with original 70's art.
Region B only, 90-mins, 1973
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on 5 June 2017
The item came really fast, in perfect condition.Everything is as described. The story is great - real classic exploitation from 70's,picture quality is perfect.100 % entertainment.There's booklet and alternative cover.The price is cheap, but that's hard-to-find title so, don't hesitate - BUY IT NOW!
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on 20 September 2017
Bought for my son because he has a tee with the film poster on it...
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on 24 January 2016
Coffy is perhaps the epitome of Blaxploitation films. Coffy (Pam Grier) is a nurse who joins the mob as King George's (Robert DoQui) girlfriend as she enacts revenge against drug dealers whose victims she treats, including her sister.

King George appears on the scene looking like Dolemite. Whack-a-da music abounds as does Pam Grier. Like one of the character's says, "I just want to get high and watch." A favorite film of drive-in movies. Includes a young Sid Haig and break away clothing cat fight.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, ample nudity (Pam Grier, Lisa Farringer, Marilyn Joi, Peaches Jones plus others)
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on 14 September 2016
I chose it because it's apparently one of Tarantino's favourites, but it's definitely not one of mine.
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on 24 May 2012
Coffy is just mindblowing. Pam Grier plays no nonsense Coffy who goes through mob boss to mob boss determined to wipe out the local drug trade after her sister becomes addicted to drugs because of them.

It's a hyper violent ride of a movie and you can easily see why Quentin Tarantino rates this movie as one of his favourites.

The script is sharp and acting all round is great with a tight direction and a movie dipped right into the undercurrent of the 1970's. Also has a great soundtrack to boot.

For it's genre Coffy quite possibly is the greatest of them all.
Folks, they simply don't make em' like this anymore.
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Cooked up by an initially reluctant but eager for a job Jack Hill when American International missed out on the chance to make Cleopatra Jones when Warner Bros. offered the producer more money, Coffy certainly shows its very low budget origins - $500,000 didn’t go very far even in 1973 – but it had enough sass, sex and over the top violence to get Pam Grier out of supporting roles in Philippines prison pictures and turn her into the godmother of the Blaxploitation genre.

With the money so tight it’s certainly not action packed, and when the carnage starts it’s relegated to the low rent district, but there’s enough attitude and the drive-in exploitation staples of punchups and gratuitous nudity to keep things moving for 90 minutes as Grier’s nurse goes from literally blowing the head off the dealer who got her kid sister hooked on drugs to taking on the real power as she works her way up the food chain after her friendly neighborhood cop William Elliott takes a beating that leaves him a near vegetable when he refuses to go on the take with his fellow cops. Throughout it all she lives a double life, keeping her ass kicking activities quiet from her co-workers and her upmarket progressive local politician boyfriend Booker Bradshaw (though she doesn’t have a batcave or superhero costume, there’s very much a comic strip quality to her vendetta).

Grier, one of the few 70s female exploitation film stars who could somehow deliver the required nudity (Coffy’s a liberated woman – but not that liberated) without looking like a dumb bimbo or her characters losing their strength and having to rely on a man to save her, is almost the whole show here, hiding makeshift weaponry in her Afro, getting into catfights with lesbian pimps or hookers in really flimsy blouses (naturally resulting in yet more gratuitous nudity) and flattering legendary photographer Diane Arbus’ husband as a kinky Italian mobster by asking him “Are you sure you’re not just a little black?” while feekling him up, even walking off into the sunrise as the end title song extols her as ‘a shining symbol of black pride.’

It’s a film with typically bleak 70s worldview: made at a time when, for all the rosy hued nostalgia of the Peter Barts of this world, everyone thought the world was going to Hell in a handcart and taking the film industry with it, the law is in for a piece of the action, the politicians may make speeches about the Man keeping the brothers down but privately admit “Black, brown or yellow, I’m in it for the green!” The only time things really brighten up is when Robert Duqui’s pimp King George gets a great entrance in outrageous threads and his own personal theme song, and you just know he’s not long for this world, but most of the fun comes from the release of Coffy’s righteous anger. Seen today and in the wake of other bigger and sometimes better female blaxploitation films it looks a little ragged, the script not as ambitious as Grier’s subsequent Foxy Brown in allowing her to be fully in control (in the end she’s almost fooled by a fickle male who makes her come over all self-doubting and vulnerable, something Foxy would never have allowed to happen even if Coffy does come up with a particularly direct bit of revenge), but it’s still an entertaining exploitation flick that has an undeniable raw energy that got smoothed away in later genre entries. And any film that boasts the credit ‘and Sid Haig as Omar’ is worth a look.

Arrow’s Region B Blu-ray release offers what is probably the best transfer we can expect of a film this low budget, with decent definition and no problems coping with the film’s many nocturnal scenes, and unlike Kino Lorber’s movie-only US Region A-locked Blu-ray comes with a wealth of extras – new interviews with Grier and Hill, featurette on Blaxploitation films, very brief stills gallery, trailer, BOOKLET and Hill’s audio commentary from the old US DVD release.
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on 3 July 2007
Maxim magazine lists Coffy as number 7 on its list of the 50 best B-movies of all time, and there can clearly be no mistake about its status as a B-movie. Pam Grier shines in this hilarious action-packed blaxploitation flick where she first got her name as a 'black pin-up queen' during the early 70's. It is apparent after watching this film that no one remembers this for the bad-acting and dialogue, but for Pam Grier herself she is one mean sister.

This movie SCREAMS 'early 70's', from the afro wigs to the awesome outfits Coffy finds herself wearing whether it be at a gala for call girls or when she's undercover to kick some drug-dealer's nasty behind!

This brilliant film mixes comedy right in there with the action. From the campy catfight scenes when Coffy dumps a salad bowl onto a blonde girl's head, to when King George makes his first appearance and steps out of his car in his pimp outfit, complete right down to the feather in his hat!!! Just seeing Coffy smash a wine bottle on a table to defend herself against a crack head wielding a knife is riotous enough and also goes old school by putting razor blades in her hair!!! The action is fairly consistent. There are a lot of guns firing off and endless catfights.

But every time Coffy appears on screen and you just KNOW that some bad stuff is about to go down, you know that you're going to be taken for a fun ride! As I mentioned above, no one is watching this movie for an Oscar-nominated performance or even a decent soundtrack (the "Coffy" theme sung by the Gladys Knight & The Pips-wannabes halfway through the movie is timeless!!!) - You're there to be entertained... and entertained is what you'll get, guaranteed. This is one movie where you don't have to be drunk to enjoy it.
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on 29 June 2009
Coffy stars Pam Grier as a nurse who goes on a bloody rampage when her kid sister's life is wrecked by drug abuse, and her cop boyfriend is assaulted and left for dead before he can even begin tracking down the pushers responsible. Taking the law into her own hands, Coffy assumes the persona of an exotic prostitute and infiltrates the criminal underworld, first getting close to a dim-witted pimp, before eventually finding herself up against heroin dealers, contract killers, and corrupt politicians...
This seminal Blaxploitation movie (the first to feature a female protagonist) made a second-tier box office draw out of Grier, and it is not difficult to see why; just as Coffy uses her sexual wiles to outwit the various dumb thugs around her, so too did Grier make an impression on the film-going public by showcasing her considerable physical charm; Grier is an astonishingly sexy and curvaceous star, and she is certainly not shy about showcasing her most marketable assets here. In some ways this is a pity, as she is also an actress of remarkable talent and range, however as Lily Allen proclaimed recently, `I'll take my clothes off, and it will be shameless, 'cause everyone knows that's how you get famous'; no doubt it was the same story back in 1973.
However, the character of Coffy's willingness to use sex in order to get her revenge on such a collection of scumbags is one of the film's less palatable themes; hailed by some critics as a logical example of a woman using every resource at her disposal to achieve success on a mission in which she would otherwise be totally powerless, Coffy's various sordid liaisons with the crooks seem to me nothing but contrivances designed to showcase Grier in the buff. Continuity-wise, the film leaves much to be desired, with a pre-credits sequence that has Coffy murdering a pair of dealers, even though her mission isn't actually established until her boyfriend is attacked some twenty minutes into the movie, and the film ends on a considerable downer that sits at odds with the salaciousness of the preceding action. Overall the movie really isn't particularly memorable; the best one can say about it is that it is marginally classier than Grier's other starring vehicles, such as Foxy Brown (a duller re-working of Coffy) and the dreary Get Carter re-tread Hit Man.
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on 24 April 2015
Pam Grier is Coffy, a nurse, who decides to deal out her own justice on the the drug dealers of Los Angeles after her younger sister becomes one of their victims. When her friend is shot who is a police officer, she becomes even more determined in tracking down the culprits.

This is a blaxploitation film from the 70's. If you like films such as Shaft which also falls into this genre, then you should enjoy this one. It is violent, and probably depicts accurately what life was like in 70's America. The follow up film was Foxy Brown, also available on blu ray from Arrow. I also have this film on dvd, and compared the first 5 minutes of each. On the dvd the colours are washed out, and the print that was used is peppered with white speckles. No such problems with the blu ray, it has been remastered. However, there are a few instances of a mild layer of digital noise, but this only lasts for a few seconds, and is not constant, so does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.

Picture Quality is good, with a sharp image. Colours are good This blu ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 The sound is in the original mono.
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