Truck Turner | Blu-ray Review

Kino Lorber resurrects the obscure and fascinating 1974 Blaxploitation gem Truck Turner this month for the first time on Blu-ray. One of Isaac Hayes’ most notable acting performances, it’s a head above the general trend of similar genre titles of the period, even though the film features a familiar narrative already well re-tread by the time of its release. Hayes fashions his own soundtrack for this retro classic, an oddity begging to be rediscovered.

Truck Turner (Hayes) is a football star turned bounty hunter, in the midst of hunting down a vicious, sadistic pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) with the help of his sidekick, Jerry (Alan Weeks). But Gator proves a hard target to pin down, leading up to a dramatic showdown where Truck is forced to kill the pimp in self-defense. His death causes a ripple in the criminal community of Los Angeles and forces the aggressively violent Madame
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‘Enter the Dragon’ – A Cultural Education

Enter the Dragon

Written by Michael Allin and Bruce Lee

Directed by Robert Clouse and Bruce Lee (uncredited)

USA and Hong Kong, 1973

For most people, Enter the Dragon is a quintessential action film. The first Chinese martial arts film co-produced in Hollywood, it launched the genre, not to mention its late leading man Bruce Lee, to Western audiences. Not only does it compass elements of a thriller and an action film, but it is also culturally relevant.

Shaolin member Lee (Bruce Lee) is invited to a competition against other martial artists organised by Han (Shih Kien), a mysterious man who is being investigated by British Intelligence for drug trafficking and prostitution. While other competitors such as Roper (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly) are respectively evading the mob and the law, Lee participates to regain the honour of the Shaolin temple and seek revenge for his sister’s death.

Enter the Dragon
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The Academy Kicks Off Kung Fu Poster Exhibition With Screening Of Enter The Dragon

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicks off its new exhibition, “Kick Ass! Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection,” with a 40th anniversary screening of “Enter the Dragon” on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature an introduction by Stephen Chin and an onstage discussion with the film’s cast and crew, including actor John Saxon, screenwriter Michael Allin, cinematographer Gil Hubbs and producers Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller. There will be special evening gallery hours immediately following the screening.

In 2011, producer and screenwriter Chin donated his collection of more than 800 kung fu film posters and related materials to the Academy. A six-sheet poster from “Enter the Dragon” is featured prominently in the exhibition, along with such collectibles as early English-language kung fu manuals, skateboards, trading cards and lunchboxes. A viewing station will feature action-packed
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Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Debuts June 11th

Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Debuts June 11th
Enter the Dragon, one of martial arts icon Bruce Lee's last films, will debut June 11 on Blu-ray in the Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray giftset from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, which helped bring interest in the Asian martial arts genre to mainstream Western cinema, has been re-mastered for its 40th anniversary, and will now feature new bonus materials, such as the featurette, No Way as Way, on the legacy of Bruce Lee, plus other featurettes and commentary. Memorabilia -- which includes collectible art cards, lenticular card and an embroidered patch --are also part of the giftset. Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition will be available for $49.99 Srp.

Bruce Lee was an incredible athlete and mixed martial artist who, despite making a limited number of movies during his short life, became a charismatic megastar and left a permanent mark on cinema and popular culture.
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Coolest of Crime Cinema: Essential Blaxploitation

After all the debates, controversies, and stereotype accusations have cleared, looking back on Blaxploitation cinema today it’s easy to see healthy portions of the crime and action genres. Using these genres and the struggles of the black community, these films were created for those that wanted to see African American characters on the big screen not taking shit from the man, “getting over”, and–above all else—being the heroes in movies. In the documentary Baad Asssss Cinema, Samuel L. Jackson gives his take on the heroes of Blaxploitation: “We were tired of seeing the righteous black man. And all of a sudden we had guys who were…us. Or guys who did the things we wanted those guys to do.”

The unsung supporting players in these films that backed Fred Williamson and Pam Grier and many other stars were people acting and making a living off of it.
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Flash Gordon - Blu-ray Review

Flash Gordon comes to Blu-ray to save everyone of us, and looks incredible on the 1080p format. It is still just as cheesy as it was in 1980, but that is part of the fun of the movie. Based on the comic strip by Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon was directed by Mike Hodges (1971's Get Carter) with a screenplay from Lorenzo Semple Jr. (1976.s King Kong) based on an adaptation from Michael Allin. Although the film is filled with color, special effects, and the brilliant acting of Max von Sydow's as the villain Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon is probably best remembered for its rocking soundtrack by Queen. It is one of the rare times that when you mention
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