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Shaft (Special Edition) [VHS]

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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright, Busta Rhymes
  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Writers: John Singleton, Ernest Tidyman, Richard Price, Shane Salerno
  • Producers: John Singleton, Adam Schroeder, Eric Steel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCLR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on March 30, 2003
Format: DVD
I actually cringed when I saw the trailer to this movie. It didn't show much except shot after shot of Samuel L. Jackson removing his designer sunglasses and staring at the camera. I thought it had the potential to be awful.
I was very wrong. The movie is not without plot holes and implausibility, but it still works thanks to great acting and solid direction. John Singleton takes on a genre film with this almost-sequel to the famous blaxploitation series of the 1970s. Jackson plays John Shaft--nephew of the original Shaft who appears here as the wise old uncle. It's Richard Roundtree himself doing the honors, getting screen time in a theatrical release for the first time in decades.
The story concerns a cold murder of a young black man by rich and twisted Walter Wade, son of wealthy New York society. Christian Bale comes right off the set of American Pyscho and plays the demented Wade with a more outwardly tough guy persona. Think Bateman and the Preppie Murderer, and you get the idea. (Even the faux-Brooklyn accent is funny.)
There's not a whole lot of mystery around here. Shaft basically swears to get this guy, and we know he will, no matter no long or how many people he has to shoot. Things get complicated when Wade hires a Dominican drug lord to whack out the sole witness to the murder. The drug lord is then linked to dirty cops who get contracted to kill Shaft and the girl.
In the end, a lot of people die. Shaft has the best marksmanship of any cop in the country as he guns down countless low-rent drug dealers and various minions. And clad in Armani, the coat alone costing half a cop's yearly salary, Jackson is the ultimate in cool.
Why does it work? For one, the writing is slick, even if it's (trouble sign) done by a literal team of writers.
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I have to say this movie isn't that big on plot. Its ok but thats not the high point of the film. Its pretty fun to watch Samuel L. Jackson go around in his suave stylish ways and fight crime in New York City. Jackson plays John Shaft, the nephew of the original John Shaft played but the man himself Richard Roundtree. Shaft is trying to get a man who two years ago killed another man over a racial issue into jail for good. All in all the plot is average but its just fun to sit and watch the fun. You don't have to see or even like the original Shaft movies which I haven't seen to see this. Jackson is great as Shaft. Isaac Hayes' theme is great, this time its redone. The dvd is half decent, it has the Shaft theme music video, a half decent featurette and some other features like cast interviews, a trailer, and other music videos. Rated R for violence, profanity, some nudity, and sexual innuendo.
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I grew up in the East Bay in the 70s, oftentimes hanging in neighborhoods where I was one of the few white kids around. This was the era of Black Power, and I saw and spoke to Panthers & members of the Nation of Islam on a daily basis. I also saw all the floppy-hatted pimps in their gangster rides, and had the same run-ins with the dealers and gangs that my black friends did (though undoubtedly aggravated by the fact that I stood out from the rest like a red-headed, freckle-faced, blue-eyed thumb).

When my friends & I went to the movies, it wasn't 'The Sound of Music' that was showing. It was 'Across 110th Street,' or 'Three the Hard Way.' The Man was always white, and the Brothers always came from behind to get over. Perhaps it was a little schizophrenic, but I always loved watching those blaxpoitation
classics as a kid. Even now, when I see their (rare) appearance on a video store shelf on on a late night cable listing, I feel a warm sense of nostalgia. Those movies may have been exploitative and may have disseminated stereotypes, but there was also a sense of brutal honesty there. They addressed the things my friends and I saw around us every day. They were fresh, and raw. They were art, as much as any of the other stuff I see touted as such these days.

The original 'Shaft' rocked. It was the undisputed king of the genre, just as 'Enter the Dragon' was to chop-sockey movies. Cut+Insert your own superlatives here. I KNOW you've seen it. It's like 'Star Wars:' EVERYBODY has. If you've been on another planet long enough NOT to have seen the original, do yourself the favor and do so.

Now there's the 'sequel', with Mr. Samuel L. Jackson in the starring role. I'll admit I rented the video prepared to be disappointed, but I wasn't. It stood up. I mean Mr.
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Love this movie - love this Samuel Jackson actor. This was such a great movie that I bought it twice, one in VHS, now in DVD. Saw it at least 7 times and ready to see again. Such a tough guy with heart, Shaft personifies what you expect a cop to be. Vanessa Williams is a great actress -- one of her best movie roles in my opinion. This role was one where she portrayed a plain working woman instead of a pretty role and she carried it brilliantly. Jeffrey Wright deserves loads of compliments for his role and it was a winning role -- he did such a great job as an Hispanic bad guy. Also Christian Bale was brilliant in his acting as the ultimate evil guy. The two bad cops were so good too. Oh yeah -- there were good guys portrayed by Richard Roundtree and Gordon Parks -- so glad to see them return from the first Shaft movie, great actor and director. And great acting by Busta Rhymes too. I just can't stop complimenting but got to before I tell the end of the movie.
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