Super Fly (1972) (Blu-ray Review)

Super Fly (1972) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Gordon Parks, Jr.
Starring: Ron O’Neal, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Archive Collection

Big, bad Youngblood Priest is a cocaine dealer who realizes the thug life isn’t for him and puts together one last deal that will net him enough money so he can start over. But he knows his “colleagues” won’t quite agree with his escape plan, so he must find a way to save his soul and come out of the mayhem alive.

It might be impossible to mention the genre of blaxploitation without mention the film Super Fly. This 1972 film is all about everything you’ve come to know and love about blaxploitation. All the famous and infamous stuff that comes along with the term can easily be found here and I’m happy to see it finally hit HD on this Blu-ray release. This is a very quick moving film and I think it fits the style of movie as a whole and of how the movie’s tone is in general. The movie stars Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, an African American cocaine dealer who is trying to quit the underworld drug business. But you just know things aren’t going to be that easy in a movie like this. That desire sets the plot in motion, but what follows makes the film what it is. To sum what it is up, I’d totally go with the word “solid”. This is a very solid film.

I know Super Fly won’t be for everyone, but these types of movies never are. But this is a very important movie to the genre and to the time. A lot of culters you have seen came from what this movie inspired. Super Fly feels like a comic book character at times, but there’s enough here to keep this movie from going too far off the rails at times. I also find it interesting to see a movie of this nature come from under the Warner Brothers umbrella. We’ve seen a lot of indie blaxploitation but seeing one with a big name backer can really show you a new twist on an old song with the style and themes of Super Fly. The movie looks the part and is a lot of harmless fun if you dig this sort of film. I’m a fan of it and of this Blu-ray.

Extras

– BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM
– One Last Deal: A Retrospective Documentary
– Audio Commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, USC Professor of Cinema and Television and author of “Am I Black Enough For You: – Popular Culture From the ‘Hood and Beyond”
– Curtis Mayfield on Super Fly
– “Behind the Hog” with Les Dunham
– Ron O’Neal on the Making of Super Fly
– Costume Designer Nate Adams Goes “Behind The Threads”
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 90%