Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 24th, 2015
BluRay released: June 9th, 2015
Approximate running times: 92 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
Foxy Brown 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 Coffy. Other notable films that he directed include Spider Baby and Switchblade Sisters. The score for Foxy Brown was composed by Willie Hutch, who is most known for his output with the Motown record label, most notably his collaborations with the Jackson Five.
Though Foxy Brown originally started off as a sequel to Jack Hill / Pam Grier’s previous collaboration Coffy. This idea was quickly shelved by AIP International the company that released the film. This abrupt change of direction forced the newly christened Foxy Brown to make many changes on the fly. And though the film does at times suffer from this last minute change of direction. The end result is a film that actually rises above the sum of its parts because of the aforementioned adversity that befell this film production.
Where Jack Hill / Pam Grier’s previous collaboration Coffy was more gritty and rough around the edges. Foxy Brown takes the basics of what made that aforementioned film so successful and gives them a polished upscale makeover. As mentioned before the plot for Foxy Brown is simple and to the point. And if you are looking for well rounded or characters that are even slightly fleshed out. Then you should look elsewhere. Since this film’s protagonist has virtually no back story and she just basically exists to further this revenge themed film from one vengeance set piece to the next. And though this is something that might affect the majority of similar themed films. That is not the case here since this film is first and foremost is all about its leading lady Pam Grier, who dominates every frame she appears in.
Speaking of Pam Grier it is hard to imagine any other film that she has ever appeared in that showcases her beauty in the way that Foxy Brown does. And in the case of Foxy Brown more than any other film that she has appeared in, she proves without a shadow of a doubt that her undeniable charisma is a force to reckon with. Also to say that she looks stunning for most of the film would be a mammoth understatement. Sure the clothes and decor throughout this film look dated, but then that is also part of its appeal.
Besides Pam Grier the film features several other recognizable faces is supporting cast roles. Most notably Sid Haig (Spider Baby) in the role of a sleazy bar patron tries to pick up Foxy Brown and Antonio Fargas (‘Starsky and Hutch’) in the role of Foxy Brown’s trouble making brother Link.
By the time that Foxy Brown arrived on scene the Blaxploitation had long since reached its apex. With that being said it should not come as a surprise that outside of Foxy Brown, there really aren’t any other Blaxploitation that have left their mark on future generations. So then why has Foxy Brown preserved after all these years? The answer is simple, the film gives its audiences what it wants and then some. If ever there was a film that delivered ‘fanfare’ that film would be Foxy Brown!
Foxy Brown comes on a 25 GB single layer (23 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. Dialog always comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced robust when it needs too. And when it comes to depth and range this audio mix fare exceeds exceptions. 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 Foxy Brown a solid audio / video presentation.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.