Vinegar Syndrome announced this past week that a 2K restoration (from the original 35mm negative) of actor/director D'Urville Martin’s 1975 iconic Blaxploitation classic, Dolemite, will be available on Apr. 26 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Lawrence Woolner, a film producer and long-time associate of Roger Corman, founded Dimension Pictures in 1972 and hit gold with such low-budget productions as The Twilight People, The Doberman Gang and Beyond Atlantis.
He saw the Blaxploitation trend developing and jumped on it during February of 1975 with director Jack Arnold’s Boss Nigger (starring and written by Fred Williamson) and followed it up with a distribution deal for actor/producer Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite.
It was a monster at the box office (in certain precincts). But, let’s be frank, Dolomite is an anti-hero film on steroids. Rudy Ray Moore as the title character (in his film debut — he would reprise his role the following year in The Human Tornado, plus such films as The Monkey Hu$tle and Disco Godfather) is a mega-bucks pimp and actor/director D'Urville Martin’s character (The Legend of Nigger Charley, Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem, etc.), Willie Green, is a drug-dealing crime lord. A match made in heaven.
Bonus features include a vintage commentary track featuring Rudy Ray Moore and biographer Mark Jason Murray, the making-of documentary titled I, Dolemite and two featurettes — “Lady Reed Uncut” and “Locations, Then and Now.”