Blu-ray Review: FOXY BROWN (1974)

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

Review: Foxy Brown / Cert: 18 / Director: Jack Hill / Screenplay: Jack Hill / Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown / Release Date: Out Now

Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier resurfaces in her signature role in this re-release from the fine folks at Arrow Video. That's right, it's Jack Hill's Foxy Brown, now available on Blu-ray. You dig?

There's been a recent resurgence of interest in exploitation cinema, buoyed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse features (particularly the latter's Machete), so it's interesting to see the return of the genuine article. Is Foxy Brown still good, or have her charms been blunted by the spoofs and homages of Black Dynamite (a personal favourite), Django Unchained and their ilk?

When a local drug syndicate shoots her government agent boyfriend, street-smart tough gal Foxy Brown (Grier) seeks revenge. Posing as a prostitute to find the culprits, Foxy finds herself in a series of compromising, dangerous and sexy situations. Mostly the latter (they don't call it 'exploitation' for nothing) but with a little gore and the occasional well-staged fight scene in-between. It's not great, but nor is it a complete (jive) turkey either. Funky, funny and sexy, and with a great lead performance from Pam Grier, it's every bit as worthwhile as the movies it inspired (especially today's glut of deliberately bad ones).

On the evidence of this, it's not hard to see why Grier went on to become something of a cult icon and favourite of such directors as Tarantino (who had her in the lead role in Jackie Brown) and Tim Burton (who had her bringing one of the film's best laughs in Mars Attacks!, with some top notch parenting skills). The film looks great too, very stylish and sexy. Foxy's has to be one of the best movie afros I've ever seen. To quote brother Link, “She's a whole lot of woman.”

As with all Arrow Video Blu-Ray releases, Foxy Brown comes with a whole host of indispensable special features. It may be but a lowly exploitation feature, but you can count on Arrow to treat it with the reverence and respect it deserves. Is Foxy Brown super bad? Maybe not quite as much as it once was. Still, I can dig it.

Extras: Audio commentary with Jack Hill / 3 Featurettes / Trailer reel / Collector's booklet



Suggested Articles:
Released originally in 1992, this classily presented BFI Blu-Ray release of writer/director Neil Jor
By this fourth season, the adventures of OB/GYN doctor Mindy Lahiri (series creator, producer, write
Since the release of the outstanding Shaun the Sheep Movie back in early 2015, the episodic TV serie
Yu-Gi-Oh GX Season 2 has 52 episodes and that is far more than it actually needed. Because of this t
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK 21 February 2017

THE CRYING GAME 19 February 2017

THE MINDY PROJECT SEASON 4 15 February 2017

TRAIN TO BUSAN 14 February 2017

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL 14 February 2017

ABANDONED DEAD 14 February 2017

SHAUN THE SHEEP: PIZZA PARTY 09 February 2017

YU-GI-OH GX SEASON 2 08 February 2017

BEYOND THE GATES 06 February 2017

WOODY ALLEN: SEVEN FILMS - 1986-1991 06 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner