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Shaft (1971)

Richard Roundtree , Moses Gunn , Gordon Parks  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell
  • Directors: Gordon Parks
  • Writers: Ernest Tidyman, John D.F. Black
  • Producers: David Golden, Ernest Tidyman, Joel Freeman, Roger H. Lewis, Stirling Silliphant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790743752
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaft" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes Documentary: Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location
  • 3 Original Trailers

Editorial Reviews

An African-American detective is hired by a Harlem mobster to find his kidnapped teenaged daughter, and finds himself caught in a struggle among feuding factions of the underworld.
Genre: Feature Film Urban Action
Rating: R
Release Date: 3-MAY-2005
Media Type: DVD

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Music February 6, 2008
Shaft DVD

As far as I know Shaft broke new ground as a movie starring a black man in 1971. Shaft was the perfect example of a rogue cop, taking orders from no one and tracking down the crooks no matter where they hid in the city.

Recommended for fans of Richard Roundtree and quality jazz.

Gunner February, 2008
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pan & Scan April 8, 2008
By jrc
Just a note to buyers:
All three SHAFT films presented as this triple feature are NOT the widescreen versions. Case cover lists them as "Full Frame."
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough!! August 20, 2004
"Who is the man who would risk his neck for his brotha' man? SHAFT!!"
Blaxploitation? That's like calling "Bullit" 'Cracker-jacking' [I rate Bullit a 2/5 stars] or 'The Godfather' "Wopploitation' [am Italian myself-so clearly my criticism is the asinine labeling of SHAFT as an "exploitation film" simply because a strong lead character is a black man-but he is FIRST a strong MAN]
I LOVE this film; saw it prior to teen years and was a wonderful "adrenaline pump" WITH A STORY. Violence? sure; gratuitous? no; the mean streets of Harlem are a turf war NOT driven by racial hatred but by MONEY [via heroin trade].
A unique [and I have never read it mentioned] is that this film is an "equal opportunity offender"; the mob-white crooks, want to sell heroin in New York turf and have to overpower the long-time "crime boss" of the area- "Bumpy", a black career criminal whose CV reads from the petty[numbers] to the Class A felony[murder], who besides being a "crook" has a downright nasty disposition-betraying local black activists [civil rights ala Malcom X "any means necessary youths] into fighting his "drug war" for him!! Caught in the "middle", Shaft negotiates a deal for all parties involved-"Bumpy" will pay $10,000 a man [a very 'on target' critique of the indemnity policy paid in Vietnam to American soldiers killed, 80% of whom were black] for "Ben's" activist "soldiers" to battle the mob. The "lie" revolved around Bumpy's daughter [Marcy] being nabbed by the mob-this was how Shaft [the black private (...)who is sex machine to all the chicks] was brought into the imbroglia in first place.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent (not great) presentation of drive-in classic June 16, 2000
By "dekko"
Of course, if you're reading this, you probably already know that "Shaft" is an above-average blaxploitation flick with Richard Roundree as a private detective hired to track down a Harlem gang boss' missing daughter. With dialogue like "You got problems, Shaft?" "Yeah, two of 'em. I was born black and I was born poor." you really can't lose.
So on with the DVD. The film itself is nicely letterboxed (I think for the first time), and while it's not made from the greatest print (there are a couple scratches), it's a perfectly acceptable presentation.
Extras include trailers for all three Shaft flicks . This is great--I wish Warner had done the same with their "Dirty Harry" DVD. (They did with the VHS version.) There's also a 1971-produced short "Making of" film and the option to view the movie in French (a surreal experience, to be sure.)
The cast and crew bios, however, are pretty meager, offering only a relatively complete portrait of Richard Roundtree. Where's Moses Gunn? Or Gordon Parks? The "Awards" option is pretty worthless as well, showing that the movie won the Oscar for "Best Original Song."
Oh, yes, and there's no commentary track with Director Parks as is described on the Amazon site. Forgivably, it's not mentioned on the DVD box, so this is probably just something that didn't pan out at the last minute.
It's still lots of fun, but not what it could have been.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But,I'm talking about Shaft-Again November 15, 2004
Here I am talking about Shaft again.I just did the music review a few days ago.So I said to myself I might as well do the film to.Back in the day when James Bond was kicking butt in movies like Goldfinger and Thunderball he was the main man.But he was also a white man.Now there's NOTHING wrong with that.But the time was due for us black folks to get some representation.And that's when private detective John Shaft hit the streets of Harlem.With his leather coat and the music of Isaac Hayes playing in the background.Another main man was on the scene.Shaft was just as handsome as Bond,just as smart as Bond and just as cool as Bond.And he didn't take s#!t from anyone.And that made Shaft one bad motherf-SHUT YOUR MOUTH-.The film Shaft was directed by muti-talented Gordon Parks.And it's star was a good-looking new comer by the name of Richard Roundtree.I read somewhere that Isaac Hayes wanted the starting role of Shaft but he didn't get it.But Mr.Hayes went on to win a academy award for the soundtrack.And Mr. Roundtree went on to have a successful movie career."All well that ends well" as they say.Now Shaft was about a Harlem mob boss by the name of Bumpy (played by Moses Gunn) daughter being kidnapped and Shaft is hire to rescue her.Along the way we become acqainted with some good guys,some bad guys and there's also a little romance (Shaft's girlfriend Ellie was played by Gwenn Mitchell,and she was one fine babe and my favorite Shaft girl).And if you're a action fan there's plenty of it throughout this film.Shaft begins with a man flying out of a window.And ends with Shaft flying into one.So all you lovers of black cinema of the 70s please check out Shaft you will not be disappointed.Shaft over the years as become a true icon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Placement of the Blu-ray product below a three title standard...
Product was good but did not include the two other titles. The blu-ray version appeared below a three title set in standard definition. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joseph Barrett
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE:
A collection of the Shaft trilogy is a great idea right? Yes! But unfortunately all of these films are in FULL SCREEN. GRR!
Published 13 days ago by Tanner
3.0 out of 5 stars Shut your mouth and read
The soundtrack was huge, the title track is an acknowledged classic (one of the few songs that NOBODY in the world has a bad word to say about), but the movie itself is only... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bryce Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaft
A good movie
Published 18 days ago by Bryce Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it
A great movie
Published 18 days ago by Bryce Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Classic movie. Good!
Published 1 month ago by Everett D.
4.0 out of 5 stars this was a great collection to I all so in joyed it very ...
this was a great collection to I all so in joyed it very much.
thank you. from , MR. ROSEMOND
Published 1 month ago by roy rosemondjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got what I oredered, I'm happy
Published 2 months ago by Jo B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie from it era
As usual, Amazon Unbox does not register this as a purchase for download. Great movie from it era; don't buy it from Amazon instant video.
Published 2 months ago by George Lundskow
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the film itself
I love the film itself, but this Blu-Ray doesn't do it much justice. Very good video restoration, especially for an early 70's low-budget film, but the audio is pretty bad by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Preston Mitchell
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