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  • Actors: Shelia Frazier, Carl Lee, Ron O'neal
  • Directors: Jr. Gordon Parks
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 13 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000TWMT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,190 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Super Fly (DVD)

Special Features

Documentary: "One Last Deal: A Retrospective" Featurette: Making-Of Interviews: with Curtis Mayfield (audio only)

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Superfly (1972) is a tough, unpolished gem rising above the numerous films to come from the blaxploitation period of the early 70's. While some are critical of the message they believe posed within the film, one of glamorizing the image of the drug dealer, I didn't really see it that way at all. I think this image presented was a superficial one, and one that the main character within the film saw and understood, prompting his actions and decisions to try and escape the life.
Ron O'Neal, who recently passed away on January 14, 2004, plays Priest, a streetwise pusher in a dilemma. Seems he is tired of the hustle, and is looking for a way to get out of the game, but, as his partner Eddie (Carl Lee) puts it, "Look, I know it's a rotten game, but it's the only one The Man left us to play." Apparently Priest has thought long about this, and he has come up with a plan to score a lot of cash in a short amount of time, and then plans to retire. Sounds like a plan, but Priest soon encounters powerful forces that feel he is worth more to them on the streets, pushing junk, doing what he does best. While the film does appear to glamorize the lifestyle of the drug peddler, I truly believe the underlying message was than despite all Priests' success, he was languishing in a form of slavery, always working for someone else and taking all the risks involved in such a trade. In a way he realized this, but found it difficult to leave the life, as that was all he knew, and working for 'chump change' was not in his future.
Gordon Parks, Jr. direction may seem amateurish with jerky camera shots and such, but it fit in nicely with the nature of the material within the film, giving a raw, harsh look into the seedy side of life, much like Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973).
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Superfly has a reputation as one of the great blaxploitation films, along with Shaft, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Years after watching the others, I finally get around to seeing Superfly.
Superfly is about Youngblood Priest, a drug dealer and one of the baddest, most authentically black cats in all the city. He has it good with his women, the money, his wheels, and he has the respect of the other dealers and underworld figures. Despite all this success, Priest desperately wants to move out of the criminal life. He figures one last score will get him out.
I expected more comedy. Perhaps seeing Ron O'Neal in that outrageous pimp suit on the DVD cover prepared me for a lighter, breezier flick. I also expected more action. Superfly has almost no action. Superfly attempts a thoroughly realistic portrayal of a drug dealer surviving, thriving, and trying to snake his way out of the business. O'Neal's performance is a job well done, and supporting players deserve credit as well.
Gordon Parks Jr. directed, and while his work is not masterful, it serves the performers and setting well.
Superfly deserves its reputation as a landmark blaxploitation flick, and it's surely worth 90 minutes of your time. Just don't start the movie expecting a lot of action or comedy. Superfly is a lowdown nasty drama about the hard life.
Also, the DVD includes some extras. Best of these is a commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, whose knowledge of the film and time period is evident. Dr. Boyd's insights into the ghetto culture of the early and mid 1970s and African-American life there are valuable and exceptional.
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R.I.P Brother Ron O'Neal. what can i say about this film? it's timeless that deals with the Street Hustle,funny time Police officers,&everything else in between.does this not sound like 2004?hard to believe this was 1972 because many of the same issues in this film sound so familiar in this time period we are in.Shelia Frazier is So Fine She makes a Brother pull a Fred G.Sanford on the Spot.I dug the Realness&the constant Messages of the Film.Between what Priest was dealing with&the Genius Sounds of Curtis Mayfield pulsing through each frame you got the big picture&what was going down.Commentary was on Point&the cool thing about this film is that unlike so many films that have big budgets this film does so much with less&makes you think&then you understand so much more. Props to the Entire Crew&Cast on this Gem.
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My friend and I were just talkin' best film scores recently and
this was one of my favorite top 10. Lots of people will say "Shaft"
but main title only and after that the film goes flat for me. This
film has always remained a rougue in the Blax genre because of it's
subject matter. The anti-heroic pimp, (Ron o'Neal) out to make his
last score his biggest before retiring was still a taboo subject
for that era and was an untimely coffin nail for Black films to
come This is by no means to be an entertainment film nor should
it be as a message film but it be reconized as a gothic testamonial to modern day noir and still holds it's own as prime example of supreme 70's film making.
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Well this another effert from warner bros. First off the widescreen is amazing earns cool points the print used here is from all the vhs versions. I mean after all it's over 30 years old ok lets get off that part. Now preist is the man in the hood and parnter and ace wants to hit 1 last score. But the screw up the cops wants in on there action. Also the score from the late great curtis mayfield r.i.p. the soundtrack it's self is beautiful. Now warner one mor thing we need purple rain in widescreen commtary by prince himself and sparkle on dvd i'll not ask for anything more wait wait night moves and performance if i get my wish i'll warship you forever and thanks for the memories.
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