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Mean Johnny Barrows: Uncut Director's Edition (1976)

Fred Williamson , Roddy McDowall , Fred Williamson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Williamson, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Caruso, Luther Adler
  • Directors: Fred Williamson
  • Writers: Charles Walker, Jolivett Cato
  • Producers: Fred Williamson, Lee B. Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00369YUN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mean Johnny Barrows: Uncut Director's Edition" on IMDb

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Badazz 2.35:1 Print for MJB....FINALLY!!! June 16, 2010
formally thought this was a stinky mess when I watched it on my 'What it is, What it Was' 10 movie box set. Grainy Pan and Scan piece of poop.

After watching the new Director's edition from Code Red, I can't believe how much picture I've been missing. Not only was the P/S cropped on this sides, but the top and bottom were slightly cropped as well!

The director's cut adds about 10 minutes, and I'm glad to finally see it now, as some scenes were so abruptly cut in the P/S, it just didn't make sense to cut them, unless to get the movie under 1.5 hours. One scene in particular, is when Barrows is pointing 2 double barrel shotguns at 2 bad guys. Close ups of each gun are restored here, before any shots are taken. Simple, but makes the scene a lot cooler than the cut version.

The acting is half decent, with most of Williamson's lines being pretty cheesy. .

The new DVD is definetely worth picking up if a Blax fan or a Williamson fan. Just seeing it cleaned up and in it's actual print ratio is pretty badazz. Williamson oozes 'cool' in several scenes, and the film/shoot looks like a bigger production than it actually is.

The music repeats itself alot throughout the movie, but that doesn't matter...when the music is orchestral funk.

The movie itself, I'd give a 3 out of 5.

As for the 35mm print used...I think it's pretty flippin' good here, considering the steaming pile of crud Pan and Scan versions we were stuck with on all the public domain DVD's. Thumbs up to Code Red for putting this DVD together, can't wait for more blaxploitation from them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Big Bad Fred" April 11, 2011
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"Mean Johnny Barrows" is about dishonorable discharge veteran who can't find a job because of past allegation. The only job offered goes against his moral code,but soon he is in the game as a dangerous hitman.This movie has a lot of twist and turn, but Big Bad Fred is alway one step of his enemies.Like the movie poster, Fred comes with two double barrel shotgun to give his enemies a one-way ticket to hell.The 1970's playbook on military tactic in cinema is on display,with Fred using his skill to outwit a scheming mobster and his deadly girlfriend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite!!! April 23, 2009
Perfect 70s exploitation! Its a super low-budget mobster film about a Vietnam soldier turned hitman. Like other Williamson-directed films, its fun and simple but has alot of interesting qualities to it. It moves slow, but its never boring. Great moments include a "special guest appearance" by Williamson's "M*A*S*H" co-star Elliot Gould. As soon as Gould appears its obvious the two are having a lot of fun improvising the scene which has nothing to do with the story. Roddy McDowall gets little screen time but his effeminate British persona translates into a very strange mobster. Also, the ending is mind-blowing. Great late night viewing material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fred Williamson July 8, 2005
Early, low-budget Fred Williamson of the first movies of the period to address the plight of the American G.I. returning from Vietnam to a country that reviled him or just didn't give a damn. Some of the dialogue is weak and the production value is pretty low (as is typical in the genre) but the message and the pure entertainment value make this one worth adding to your blaxploitation collection.
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