Sheba, Baby Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Sheba, Baby (1975) Arrow Video Blu-ray (2016)

Directed by: William Girdler

Starring: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D’Urville Martin & Rudy Challenger

Private detective, Sheba (Pam Grier), comes back to her hometown to discover that her father’s business is being threatened by mobsters. Not one to take things lying down, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

IMG_5248Anyone who knows me knows that I love films with women who kick ass and Pam Grier happens to be one of the most kick ass women in the history of cinema. Before watching Arrow’s Blu-ray release I had never seen Mrs. Grier’s exploits in high definition so needless to say, I had high hopes for the transfer and boy IMG_5250they did not disappoint. The transfer is immaculate and is what we’ve come to expect from Arrow.

I liked this movie but it wouldn’t make it into my top five favorite Pam Grier movies. My main complaint would have to be that there isn’t quite enough action and not enough of Mrs. Grier. I don’t mean that there’s not enough screen time, it’s just that she’s not cracking enough heads or blasting suckers away with various over the top guns. There are a few great scenes, like when she wins a fight by hitting her opponent in the face with a pie and then jumping off a boat, but there just isn’t enough of it for my taste.

IMG_5249The special features for this release are not that awe inspiring either. There’s a very short featurette called Pam Grier: The AIP Years that is a look at Mrs. Grier carrier but if you’re a fan of Grier you are probably already familiar with the information presented in it. There’s also an audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson and a brand new interview with David Sheldon. And rounding off the special features there’s the trailer, image gallery, booklet featuring new writing on the film and a reversible sleeve with newly commissioned art by Sean Phillips.

This is the first Arrow release that I can’t fully get behind. I won’t go as far as saying that you should stay away from it but if you buy just one Pam Grier film released by Arrow I’d say go with Black Mama, White Mama.


-DeadRat

Episode 82

Episode 82

This week we have reviews for Synapse Films South Of Heaven directed by Jonathan Vara and the Australian revenge film The Horseman directed by Steven Kastrissios. We also have a special treat from Blue Underground, we have the blu-ray release of the controversial Snuff! It’s a shot show this week but next week shouldn’t disappoint.

Episode 19

Episode 19

We’re back! After a week long absence we are back to bring you another gimmick filled episode and Vincent has no idea what episode we are on! We may be a few days late but this week was the Fourth of July so because of that holiday we decided it was only right to do a few holiday themed and America themed films. We have William Lustig’s Uncle Sam, Bobcat Goldthwait’s new black-comedy God Bless America, David Arquette’s slasher The Tripper and then venturing off the gimmick we take a look at Ryan Nicholson’s The Bleeding Lady. We deliver Last Rites to a forgotten VHS title called Lunchmeat directed by Kirk Alex. Vincent gives us a look back at Fright Night Film Fest and asks me a few questions about my visit to Hawaii, then tells me that exorcast is more important. Stay tuned for next week because it will once again be another show released on Friday the 13th! Maybe we will do some more Friday films, who knows….maybe we will do Friday starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker!? Anyway, the power of Cast Compels You and all that stuff…

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