Mean Johnny Barrows: Uncut Director's Edition
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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.
Johnny Barrows (Fred Williamson) was 2 years all-state running back and earned a silver star in the military. After being arrested for being drunk while black, Johnny reluctantly enters a mob war as a white on white ht man who never gets so much as a grass stain on his pants.
Classic Fred Williamson urban action film. Also stars Roddy McDowall and Elliot Gould. Soap Opera star Jenny Sherman provides token eye candy.
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