Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 24th, 2015
BluRay released: June 9th, 2015
Approximate running times: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Coffy was written and directed by Jack Hill, who had previously worked with Pam Grier on three other occasions, The Big Doll House, The Big Bird Cage and Foxy Brown. Other notable films that he directed include Spider Baby and Switchblade Sisters. A key collaborator on Coffy was cinematographer Paul Lohmann whose other notable films include, Nashville, High Anxiety, Time After Time and Looker.
Structurally the film follows your basic revenge themed scenario. The premise is simple and straight forward, Coffy seeks revenge against those who were responsible for her sister’s death. The tone of the film rough and ready and in your face. Also when it comes to depiction of violence, this film’s has not lost any of its brutality. With one of its signature moments being a scene where Coffy shoots a man in the head at point blank range. And reportedly this film’s total body count is ten.
From a production stand point the visuals are on point and they do a superb job reflecting the world that is being depicted onscreen. Another area where this film excels is how the visuals capture the essence of this film’s protagonist. And though she proves time and again that she is more than willing to get her hands dirty. When the dusts settles the visuals always make sure that the protagonist looks great and this is what makes her ability to get one over on those she is taking down all the more believable.
Performance wise the rest of the cast are mere pawns in this game of chess the revolves around this film’s queen Pam Grier who turns in an extraordinary performance that easily ranks as on the most memorable to emerge from the Blaxploitation film cycle. The cast features several recognizable faces like Sid Haig (Spider Baby, The Devil’s Reject’s), Allan Arbus (Greasers Palace) and Lyndia Hayes (Rolling Thunder).
By the time that Pam Grier was cast in the role of Coffy, there had yet to be Blaxploitation film that featured a strong female character lead that carried a film. This all boys club included Richard Roundtree in the role of Shaft, Ron O’Neal in the role of Youngblood Priest the protagonist from Superfly and the most synonymous name with the genre Fred Williamson who had already starred in the following films, The Legend of Nigger Charley, Hammer and Black Caesar. Ultimately with Coffy Grier proved that she could not only hold her own against her male counterparts and then some!
Coffy comes on a 25 GB single layer (21.3 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. After making it ways to Television in HD and their onto Blu-Ray in the UK, this film finally gets its first North American home video release in HD. For those who have yet to see this new HD transfer it come as a revelation when compared to all previous standard definition home video release as this transfer is a marked improvement upon all of those releases. Quality wise this new transfer is on par with the transfer that Arrow Video used for their Blu-Ray release. And though this release is only single layer, at least the majority of the disc is being used for the feature film.
This film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. And when it comes too range and depth this audio mix once again delivers. Also quality wise this this audio mix is comparable to the audio mix used for the aforementioned release from Arrow Video.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Olive Films gives Coffy a solid audio / video presentation.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.