Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, announced this past week that 1970’s blaxploitation queen, Pam Grier, will be get the royal hi-def treatment on Feb. 9 with the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release of director William Girdler’s Sheba, Baby.
She was the revenge-seeking Coffy in cult director Jack Hill’s summer of 1973 hit film of the same name. She teamed with Hill the following year for Foxy Brown, a film that made her a screen sensation (a star in own right) and then in 1975 she starred as private detective, Sheba Shayne, in Sheba, Baby.
She was — and for that matter, still is — the complete on-screen package for exploitation and action films. Sexy, talented and always ready to rumble, you absolutely believe that’s she’s the real deal.
So when her father is given the shakedown treatment by the local mob, Sheba is lickety-split on a plane and we can honestly say that Louisville will never be the same. Teaming with her dad’s partner (and her former love interest), Brick Williams (Austin Stoker — who would also rise to star status after John Carpenter’s 1976 release of Assault on Precinct 13, plus as Virgil in Roots), Sheba takes on the local mob (run by D'Urville Martin) and the higher ups, controlled by a sinister figured named “Shark” (Dick Merrifield), and by end credits they are all TOAST!!!
Bonus features for Sheba, Baby include commentary by screenwriter and producer David Sheldon (Grizzly, Day of the Animals, The Manitou, etc.), who is joined by film critic Nathaniel Thompson, newly prepared video session with Sheldon and the featurette titled “Pam Grier: The AIP Years.”