Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 3rd, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1975
Director: Arthur Marks
Writers: Orville H. Hampton, Arthur Marks
Cast: Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge, Thalmus Rasulala, Eartha Kitt, Jim Backus, Scatman Crothers, Ted Lange, Carl Weathers
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
Synopsis: A photojournalist named Friday Foster puts her life in danger when she takes photos of an attempted assassination on a prominent African-American figure named Blake Tarr. With the help of her private detective friend will she be able to expose those behind the assassination attempt or will they silence her forever?
Friday Foster was directed by Arthur Marks whose other notable films include, Bonnie’s Kid’s, The Roommates, Detroit 9000 and Bucktown. The score for Friday Foster was composed by Luchi De Jesus whose other standout scores include, Slaughter, Detroit 9000 and Black Belt Jones. The film Friday Foster was adapted from a comic strip of the same name that was created by writer Jim Lawrence and artist Jorje Longeron.
The film’s narrative is simple, to the point and easy to follow. All of the characters are well defined. And the film features several delirious lines of dialog, most notably a dialog exchange between Friday and a pimp named Fancy Dexter. He wants her to join his stable of women and part of his pitch is that he offers his ladies a health coverage. Besides humor that is provided by the aforementioned dialog, another area where this film where thus film excels are its car chases which see Friday driving in a milk truck and a hearse.
When it comes to the cast this film is not lacking in recognizable faces as it is a virtual who’s, who from the Blaxploitation genre. The cast includes Yaphet Kotto (Bone) in the role of the detective that helps Friday uncover the truth, Scatman Crothers (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) in the role of Friday’s boss, Ted Lange (‘Love Boat’) in the role of Fancy Dexter, Carl Weathers (Rocky) in the role of one of the hitmen, Eartha Kitt (‘Batman’) and Jim Backus (‘Gilligan’s Island’).
Though this film is clearly a star vehicle for its leading lady Pam Grier (Coffy, Foxy Brown), the role she portrays goes against the type of role that she has since become synonymous with. Instead of the tough chick with a mean streak who can take care of herself, This time around she plays a more passive character that at times resembles the Hollywood stereotype damsel in distress character. In fact she takes advantage of this chance to play against type and she turns in another mesmerizing performance that elevates everyone around and the story at hand.
Friday Foster comes on a 25 GB single layer (21.1 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Where Olive Films two other Pam Grier films had already had worldwide Blu-Ray debut. This is not the case with Friday Foster which via this release makes its worldwide Blu-Ray debut. And this is yet another marked improvement upon previous home video releases for this film. Colors look more vibrant, contrast and black levels look consistently strong and details look sharp, with a marked improvement in clarity during darker scenes. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. There are no issues with background noise or distortion. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented and the film’s score sounds robust.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall another solid audio / video presentation from Olive Films.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.