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RiffTrax: The Guy From Harlem DVD Review

RiffTrax- The Guy From Harlem DVD

The RiffTrax version of “The Guy from Harlem” hits DVD at long last.

Instead of riffing another cheesy sci-fi or horror flick, RiffTrax tried something a bit different back in 2012 when they tackled their first Blaxploitation title called “The Guy from Harlem.” This low, low, low, low budget movie (which is clearly riding on the coattails of “Shaft”) revolves around a smooth, mellow, horny private eye named Al Connors living in Miami. Throughout the course of the 85 minute runtime, Al acts as a bodyguard for the Princess wife of a chief of state (don’t ask), tries to find the kidnapped daughter of a loud hoodlum named Harry, and takes on a muscle bound gangster known as Big Daddy. That’s pretty much all that happens.

We’ve seen some pretty sorry films through RiffTrax over the years, but “The Guy from Harlem” is truly a sight to behold. The film is riddled with flubbed lines, cheap sets, continuity errors, LONG pointless shots, repeated lines, anti-climactic cheesy fights (if you want to call them that), and some of the most hellacious acting ever put to celluloid. Even through all of that, however, the film still manages to be curiously watchable for TWO REASONS: 1. The funktastic songs/music and 2. A delightfully over-the-top performance by Steve Gallon who portrays Harry De Bauld. Of course, ‘Harlem’ is made more watchable by the RiffTrax trio. From the opening minute, it’s clear Mike, Bill, and Kevin are having a blast with this one as they add lyrics to the catchy theme song, crack jokes about steak, the Marx Brothers, and Pagoda, mock an on screen kiss, and make up their own hilarious songs. If you don’t laugh long and hard through this one, there’s something wrong with you.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? About how you’d expect. The faded print is littered with lines and other print errors.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? The riffs unsurprisingly sound clear while the ‘Harlem’ audio track is lackluster to say the least. Expect to hear some irritating bee like static buzzing at a few points in the film.

Extras:
* The option to play “The Guy from Harlem” with or without RiffTrax commentary.
* Trailers for “McBain,” “Dr. Who and the Daleks,” “Prisoners of the Lost Universe,” and “Supersonic Man” VODs.
* “Talkin’ RiffTrax: The Guy from Harlem”- An amusing 15 minute roundtable discussion about the film with Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mike Nelson.

The “RiffTrax: The Guy from Harlem” DVD is available to purchase on RiffTrax.com at the following link: http://www.rifftrax.com/dvds/guy-from-harlem

 

May 14, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review |

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