Friday, April 24, 2015

Supersoul Brother (Vinegar Syndrome DVD) - The Serum of the Year is Here

The 1970's were the golden era of blaxploitation pictures. While classics like Shaft or Foxy Brown may be household names these days, movies like Supersoul Brother are known to only a relative few film-heads that like to truly dig into a genre. Director Rene Martinez started off with a revenge movie in Road of Death before moving on to a semi-urban examination film in The Guy from Harlem. Supersoul Brother was his last picture or as it is known more affectionately, The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger. Vinegar Syndrome is giving the blax audience a look 2k scan of this 35mm release print from the AGFA archive, an archive with which we hopefully will become more familiar as V.S. teams up to get the films into a physical medium to preserve it.

What Martinez unleashed was not a groundbreaking film but rather an amateur collection of popular exploitation tropes that came together in a parody of a popular TV in the U.S. mixed with enough debauch to keep it interesting. Supersoul Brother features some funny dialogue often intentional sometimes not so intentional. Yes, it plays off like a Shaft rip off at times, but the magic happens with the "mad scientist" being played by a little person. It makes for satisfying if highly inappropriate comedy, but isn't that the friggin point of a good blaxploitation film? Test the boundaries and create humor out of traditionally uncomfortable taboos and discussion topics.

The music is funky and appropriate but nothing new to hear. Did you cats see that Joe Tex poster in the background? I sure did. How about those super groovy cars?

The presentation is pure grindhouse with plenty of juicy scratches. This should easily be a fan favorite for those who enjoy not-so-serious blax flicks and want a laugh. I hope that the Vinegar Syndrome release draws attention to this under-scene, late 70's entry into a great period of transition in cinema. A good many of you haven't seen or heard of this film. It's definitely worth your time with a tricky ending that may leave you feeling just a little sad.

You can order Supersoul Brother from DiabolikDVD.


From Vinegar Syndrome:

Austin’s American Genre Film Archive houses one of the world’s best collections of 35mm exploitation prints and now Vinegar Syndrome is digitally restoring and releasing the weirdest, rarest and most outrageous movies in their archive!

When a duo of criminals pay an evil doctor to create a serum that gives people superhuman strength, they fool a naive wino named Steve (Wildman Steve) into getting an injection to help them pull off a jewel heist. When Steve discovers that the serum kills whoever takes it within a few days of its ingestion, he hides the stolen jewels and begins a frantic quest to create an antidote as the thieving masterminds are in hot pursuit! Part low-rent comedy/crime caper, part sci-fi weirdness, and all Miami shot regional filmmaking insanity, Rene Martinez’ SUPERSOUL BROTHER blasts onto home video in its first ever authorized DVD release!
Director: Rene Martinez / 74m / 1978 / Color / 1.85:1

Features Include:

+ DVD-9 Anamorphic | Region Free | 1.85:1 OAR
+ Scanned and restored in 2k from rare 35mm release print

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