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Old 06-05-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) coming to Blu-ray in September from KL Classics

Available for the First Time in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #2
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I have never seen this one!
Blu-Ray Wish List: Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Naked Spur (1953), High Sierra (1941), Dodsworth (1936), Roman Holiday (1953), Fingers (1977), Gambit (1966), Arabesque (1966), Twisted Nerve (1968), Minnesota Clay (1964), Blood Link (1982), Targets (1968), Summertime (1955), Waking The Dead (2000), Secret Agent (1936).
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:46 PM   #3
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Sugar Hill would be another welcome addition - there's already an HD master from TV broadcast (don't believe it was MGMHD though).
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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I would also like to see the sequel to this - "Come Back, Charleston Blue".
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:06 AM   #5
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Great news! I hope Truck Turner isn't too far behind
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:05 AM   #6
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Great movie. Love that one sheet. Hope that's the BD cover.

Damn, The Believers, Man Hunt and now Cotton Comes to Harlem, great day for catalog title announcements.
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:57 AM   #7
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That is a great poster and the film's good too. It's notable for being an updated adaptation of Chester Himes' novel. Himes is one of the most important figures in black crime literature, all the Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones books are worth reading as is If He Hollers Let Him Go, a partly autobiographical novel about a black shipyard worker in WW2. There's a sequel, Come Back Charleston Blue, but it's not as well directed as Cotton Comes To Harlem and A Rage In Harlem was a messy adaptation of For Love Of Imabelle.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:54 AM   #8
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Wow! Those screenshots are riddled with digital artifacts!

And again, no mention of it in the review, at all.

Originally Posted by Flex Mentallo View Post
Love that one sheet. Hope that's the BD cover.
Originally Posted by HotRats View Post
That is a great poster and the film's good too.
If I'm not mistaken, poster art is by Robert McGinnis, no doubt one of the truly greatest american illustrators ever.

He was also the man behind several of the most iconic James Bond posters and many other classics.

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Old 04-04-2015, 08:42 PM   #9
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Ordered this from Amazon, just arrived today.
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:43 PM   #10
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Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, two Harlem detectives played by Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques, are on the chase after they witness a shootout and robbery at a fundraising rally put on by Reverend Deke O’Malley, a con man played by Calvin Lockhart (Coming to America, Predator 2). The ensuing search for a mysterious bale of cotton leads these two cops on a trail of obstacles and misadventures in the form of black militants, femme fatales, the Italian Mafia, and various unforgettable street personalities as they try to set things right by forcing O'Malley to return $87,000 that he has swindled from the community. An elderly junk collector played by Red Foxx (Sanford and Son) figures into the equation by stumbling unsuspectingly on the cotton bale, while the beautiful Iris, played by Judy Pace (Frogs), plays both sides to get vengeance after suspecting O'Malley of two-timing her. Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles) appears briefly as a street artist.

The 1970 action comedy, Cotton Comes to Harlem, which was directed by the legendary Ossie Davis (Do the Right Thing), was one of the first entries of the blaxploitation genre that thrived during that decade, and it's a riveting, if somewhat disjointed, time capsule glance at the civil rights atmosphere of the era. The highlight of the film, a hilarious car chase where Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson pursue their targets while encountering a plethora of sidewalk characters, takes place early on to set the stage for surprises and multi-faceted interactions to come. All the while, Cambridge and St. Jacques are the epitome of tough coolness.

Cotton Comes to Harlem is a B-movie for the ages, and, like Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, it's the type of film that you can watch dozens of times and still have no idea what is going to happen during the next scene.

This Kino Lorber Blu-ray delivers a filmic transfer that, despite print damage and specks, manages to impress. The audio presentation is a spot-on match that brings out the best in the lively music throughout.
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Old 04-02-2018, 05:53 AM   #11
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Wonderful review, The Great Owl. I had no idea this was even on Blu-ray. I was about to buy it digitally.
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