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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Arrow Video: FOXY BROWN Blu-ray

From the opening strains of Willie Hutch's fantastic theme song through the film's dynamic credit sequence(which Greg Mottola may have cribbed from for SUPERBAD), you know that FOXY is gonna be a fun time. Tarantino has always aptly said that Jack Hill was von Sternberg to Grier's Dietrich and this film was their fourth collaboration. This was their followup to the outstanding COFFY, which was the first Grier movie I ever saw I think. Pam Grier is, to me, one of the sexiest ladies in all of cinema and she looks positively radiant here. A d as she was in COFFY, Grier is after drug dealin' folks again in FOXY(which is a sort of paraphrased remake of the former). As she's quoted as saying here, "Vigilante justice is as American as apple pie". Foxy's boyfriend is a federal cop who has had facial reconstructive surgery after a run in with a local drug syndicate. The syndicate is still out to kill him to prevent him from testifying before a grand jury. As in COFFY, Grier has to infiltrate a prostitution ring to get to the drug people. Sure it's pretty much a retread, and a retread lacking the amazingness of Robert DoQui's King George the Pimp, but it's nonetheless entertaining. It also features a quite memorable scene with an afro and a gun. Overall though, FOXY BROWN is the somewhat more mean-spirited cousin to COFFY. As dark as COFFY gets, I feel like FOXY goes a little grittier(though both films have a good amount of exploitation 'grit'). It's a pretty physically demanding role for sure for Ms. Grier and she stands up to it quite well. Also among the cast with Pam is Jack Hill regular Sid Haig. Haig and Grier did many films together and it's always a pleasure to see them sharing a scene. Sadly Haig only arrives in the last 15 mins of the movie, but some Sid is better than no Sid.
Overall, a decent entry in both Grier's and Hill's filmographies, but they've both done better. The new Arrow Blu-ray transfer looks nice though, plenty of "pop".

Special Features:
- Restored High Definition Blu-ray presentation (1080p)
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Photo gallery of behind-the-scenes and publicity images
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Trailer Reel – Trailers for all the major works by Jack Hill including Foxy Brown, Coffy and Switchblade Sisters
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
- 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

This Region B Blu-ray is available from Arrow Here:

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