Saturday, September 10, 2016

DISCO GODFATHER (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray/DVD)

It's hard to say if the movies of Rudy Ray Moore get better as they go along or whether the pique is Dolemite with the remainder of the features simply providing a healthy dose of excess for us to enjoy in light of the original film's exploitation perfection. To be honest I enjoy Petey Wheatstraw the best because of the supernatural elements. I'm a Horror guy first and foremost and though Petey certainly isn't Horror, it's the closest in the series to Horror. But where does that place each of the other installments in the series? Sure we follow Rudy Ray Moore in each movie with stereotypical blaxploitation elements in each films. His Kung Fu prowess and snappy fashion sense are ever present. I think each movie has within it a distinct and separate exploitation element that defines it further. If Petey Wheatstraw is the "Horror" movie, then Human Tornado is the "Mafia" flick. The original Dolemite is traditional Blaxploitation and defines the series. Disco Godfather is as obvious as the name. It's Travolta-sploitation. Well, it's a disco-exploitation movie.

The final movie in the Dolemite series hits from Vinegar Syndrome on Blu-ray and DVD in a handsome package, ready for your laughs, your dance movies and your Kung Fu grip.

What beautiful titles! Some movies just glance over the opening credit sequence, but I think Disco Godfather's bares particular attention be paid to them. As you might expect, the disco music is in full swing and in the forefront. I find it hard to imagine that this might turn some of you off, but if you can stick with it solely for comedic value, you'll enjoy Moore at his funniest. In fact, his performance in this movie has become keenly aware that he is a joke and he spoofs himself, taking the joke of the character of Dolemite to a nearly meta place. His opening outfit is perfect. There’s something of Napolean Dynamite here.

There's only one thing you need to listen for in the entire movie. If you listen for this, you're sure to be a better movie fan for it and have gotten the most of Disco Godfather. “Alright Alright alright… put your weight on it," screams Rudy Ray Moore as a DJ. When you hear this. When you see this. When you experience this line... you will not soon forget it nor will you be able to prevent yourself from using it at the most inopportune moments. This flick is ultra quotable.

Beyond the meta, humorous, over the top performance of RRM, you can look forward to a PCP demon and skeleton hallucination which is somewhat creepy. As with all Moore movie, the feature turns formulaic once you have a the novelty act established. In this case it's, Disco Godfather vs. the drug folks. From there on it's typical bad Kung Fu, stereotype unloading like an HR training video and exploitation overload.

When RRM dances his belly jiggles and belly button twirls. I'm not sure if that's a warning or a promise.

The Blu-ray is just remarkable which has generally been the case in this series. No issues to speak of in terms of transfer or restoration. The making of documentary is completed on this disc. The reversible artwork is the traditional movie poster, but I'm particularly fond of the updated artwork for each disc in this series. Great job Jay Shaw. Director J. Robert Wagoner didn't have much of a career, but you'll get the chance to hear from him in the commentary track.

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From Vinegar Syndrome:

Rudy Ray Moore is The Disco Godfather, owner and MC at the baddest disco in town. But there’s a new evil in the community: Angel Dust. Determined to find and destroy the source of ‘the whack,’ The Disco Godfather becomes a one-man fighting machine from south central to Beverly Hills.

The last of Rudy Ray Moore’s 70s features, DISCO GODFATHER is easily the strangest and most original of his filmic output. Combining his trademark Kung-fu action with social commentary and hallucinogenic nightmare sequences which evoke the surreal weirdness of Coffin Joe, DISCO GODFATHER is an unforgettable cinematic finale from one of the greatest names in Blaxploitation film history.

Newly restored from its long lost 35mm original negative, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents DISCO GODFATHER on Blu-ray for the first time, packed with all new special features.

Directed by: J. Robert Wagoner
1979 / 98 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Actors: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Carol Speed, Jerry Jones, Jimmy Lynch, Hawthorne James

Features Include:
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• “I, Dolemite IV” making-of documentary
• Commentary track w/ Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray, Rudy Ray Moore, writer/director J. Robert Wagoner, co-writer Cliff Roquemore and rare on-set audio.
• Soundtrack
• Promotional still gallery
• Alt. German and French language tracks
• Original theatrical trailers for DISCO GODFATHER, DOLEMITE & THE HUMAN TORNADO
• Original cover artwork by Jay Shaw
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

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