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Super Fly is a well done 1970s blaxploitation flick featuring a funktastic performance from its star, Ron O’Neal whose career unfortunately never truly took off, but here, he’s a lot of fun to watch.

 

 

Super Fly
— Warner Archive Collection —
(1972)

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Archive | R – 91 min. – $21.99 | June 26, 2018

Date Published: 06/30/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Gordon Parks, Jr.
Writer(s): Phillip Fenty (screenplay)
Cast: Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee, Julius W. Harris, Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 30.8 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Priest (RON O’NEAL), a suave top-rung New York City drug dealer, decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (CARL LEE), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest’s activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


As Warner Archive releases go, there is a fair amount of features included here all ported over from the 2014 DVD release.

Audio Commentary – Dr. Todd Boyd offers his perspective on the film as well as the era in film for African Americans.

One Last Deal: A Retrospective (24:32; SD) is a featurette/documentary with interviews from experts on blaxploitation and general fans talking about what made Super Fly so special.

Ron O’Neal on The Making of Super Fly (6:11; SD) is an archive interview from the 1970s with the actor.

Curtis Mayfield on Super Fly (7:05; HD) is an audio only interview with the composer.

Behind the Threads (3:36; SD) is a featurette on the costume designs as the costumer Nate Adams shows the original outfits off.

Behind the Hog (4:02; SD) is an interview with Les Dunham on the cars he provided for the film.

Trailer (2:13; HD)

 


VIDEO – 3.75/5, AUDIO – 3.5/5


Super Fly arrives on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection where it’s presented in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a remastered 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part, it doesn’t look terrible but certainly has that 1970s look to it and detail is incredibly sharp, however, while colors do appear a bit saturated, but I’m assuming that’s less to do with any restoration but how the original film looked to begin with.

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track is standard but efficient enough. The dialogue comes through with good clarity as does the funky music and soundtrack. Otherwise, being limited to the singular channel, you’re not going to get amazing depth.


OVERALL – 3.25/5


Overall, Super Fly is a well done 1970s blaxploitation flick featuring a funktastic performance from its star, Ron O’Neal whose career unfortunately never truly took off, but here, he’s a lot of fun to watch. The Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection has good video and audio transfers and there was good bonus material ported over from a previous DVD release.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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