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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Foxy Brown [Blu-ray]

 

(Jack Hill, 1974)

 

Also available in a Steelbook edition:

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: American International Pictures (AIP)

Video: Arrow Video

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:31:40.495

Disc Size: 49,402,892,368 bytes

Feature Size: 27,719,043,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 24th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

Audio commentary with director Jack Hill
From Black and White to Blaxploitation Actor Sid Haig speaks about his long and influential friendship with Jack Hill (19:53)
A Not So Minor Influence An Interview with Bob Minor, the first African-American member of the Stuntman s Association, and co-star of Foxy Brown (18:57)
Back to Black Legendary actors Fred The Hammer Williamson (Black Caesar) and Austin Stoker (Sheba Baby, Assault on Precinct 13 ), alongside Rosanne Katon (Ebony, Ivory, and Jade) and film scholar Howard S. Berger speak about the enduring popularity of the Blaxploitation film (25:07)
Photo gallery of behind-the-scenes and publicity images (10)
Trailer Reel Trailers for all the major works by Jack Hill including Foxy Brown, Coffy and Switchblade Sisters (19:50)
Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Josiah Howard, author of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide, a new interview with Pam Grier by Jack Hill biographer Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

 

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Description: It's clear that Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan: he cast Grier in the title role of his direct homage Jackie Brown, while the one-woman revenge scenario that fuelled the Kill Bill films didn t just come from the Far East.

When Foxy Brown's undercover-agent boyfriend is gunned down on the orders of evil drug kingpins, she stops at nothing to exact a thrillingly brutal revenge. This is one of the all-time great blaxploitation films, pulling out all the stops at a time long before anyone thought of inventing political correctness.

Pam Grier was given the role of a lifetime as the street-smart yet intensely sexy Foxy, modelling a stupendously varied range of Seventies threads while righteously kicking villainous white butt at every opportunity. She s also given sterling support from Antonio Huggy Bear Fargas as her no-good younger brother and a memorably funky soundtrack.

 

 

The Film:

Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier stars as Foxy Brown, a sexy but streetwise woman whose ne'er-do-well brother Link (Antonio Fargas) is a drug dealer who owes mobsters 20,000 dollars. To get the hoods off his back, Link names Foxy's boyfriend as a government agent trying to wipe out organized crime, and the mob soon has him rubbed out. But Hell hath no fury like Foxy Brown scorned; posing as a hooker to get the inside scoop on the mob, she goes on a crusade to find out who murdered her man, and she exacts revenge with the help of a local activist group. The supporting cast includes cult figure Sid Haig as a bad guy (as usual) and Peter Brown and Kathryn Loder as a seriously kinky couple who rule the local mob.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Grier's follow-up to Coffy, also scripted and directed by Hill, lacks all the fine, subversive qualities she lent that film. She continues the avenger role, but in much diluted form, simply exacting retribution for the murder of her narcotics officer boyfriend (gone is Coffy's environment of all-pervasive and over-weening corruption); and in any case this is subsumed in a general racial tone, with every white within spitting distance made a bigot, for the sole purpose of milking audience reactions in the most blatant way possible. Grier is an actress able to convey an amazing and unflinching strength, and she reveals the film for the dross it is.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Foxy Brown gets a Blu-ray transfer from Arrow in the UK.  I think it looks great - certainly the best I have ever seen the film. Colors are brighter - especially the more psychedelic-style fashions including Foxy's underwear. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some minor depth in the 1.85:1 frame.  It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks  exactly like the theatrical version of Foxy Brown. It's smooth in-motion, no noise with hints of grain. The Arrow transfer gave me a wonderful, nostalgic presentation.

 

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Audio :

The audio comes in a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 1536 kbps. There are some effects in the various skirmishes in the film but the score by Willie Hutch probably benefits the most from the lossless rendering. His "Foxy Brown" theme tends to run throughout with its period and genre telltale sound. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Arrow stack the supplements starting with an audio commentary by director Jack Hill. This is the same one from a past DVD release (I believe) discussing the wardrobe and Pam Grier's elevated ''status after Coffy. There are also 3 exclusive featurettes. From Black and White to Blaxploitation has 20-minutes of actor Sid Haig speaking about his long and influential friendship with Jack Hill. A Not So Minor Influence is an 18-minute interview with Bob Minor, the first African-American member of the Stuntman's Association, and co-star of Foxy Brown and Back to Black has legendary actors Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson (Black Caesar) and Austin Stoker (Sheba Baby, Assault on Precinct 13), alongside Rosanne Katon (Ebony, Ivory, and Jade) and film scholar Howard S. Berger speak about the enduring popularity of the Blaxploitation genre. It runs 25-minutes. There is a photo gallery of behind-the-scenes and publicity images and 20-minutes of' Reel Trailers' for all the major works by Jack Hill including Foxy Brown, Coffy and Switchblade Sisters. The package contains a Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Josiah Howard, author of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide, a new interview with Pam Grier by Jack Hill biographer Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
There is something about Foxy Brown that remains appealing after all these years. I'd guess that it has more to do with Pam Grier ("a whole lot of woman") than the Blaxploitation effect although the funky titles and music are sure to still in some nostalgia. The just don't make films like this anymore and the window where they did - doesn't seem that big now.  Arrow's Blu-ray package offers great a/v and plenty of worthy extras. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 30th, 2013

Also available in a Steelbook edition:


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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