Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

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Released 13-Jun-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio
Listing-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1972
Running Time 100:57
RSDL / Flipper Dual Sided Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Gordon Parks
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Richard Roundtree
Moses Gunn
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Gordon Parks


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Italian
Dutch
Arabic
Portuguese
German
Romanian
Bulgarian
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Having just reviewed Shaft, it seemed logical to review its sequel next; Shaft's Big Score.

    Shaft's Big Score opens with a client / friend of John Shaft's ringing him at 2am. Shaft is not asleep - in fact he is in bed with this guy's sister. As Shaft arrives to see his client, said client is blown through a window (Shaft movies tend to get off to a quick start).

    Shaft finds himself in the middle of trouble - he is between the client's crooked partner, the Mafia, a Harlem hoodlum's gang, and the police. Not a comfortable place to be, especially when quite a few of them (police included) are taking an interest in the sister, and most of the bad guys are looking for a quarter of a million dollars that seems to have gone missing. A lot happens before the end credits roll.

    It looks like this movie had a bigger budget than the first - the bad guys get a helicopter, and Shaft get a fairly awesome shotgun to back up his weedy looking revolver.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This movie was made in 1972, so it is 29 years old. All things considered, it looks good.

    The movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced. We also get a 1.33:1 Pan & Scan version on the other side of the disc. Again the cover is inaccurate - it claims the transfer to be 2.35:1 on both sides, with one being 16x9 enhanced. Don't believe it - only the credits are in letterboxed widescreen on the 4:3 side. The Pan & Scan version is not quite as clean as the widescreen, either.

    The image is a little soft, but not troublingly so - the image quality is a little better than the first movie. Shadow detail is fairly good, and there is little or no low-level noise.

    Colours are a little muted, probably because of the film stock used. The blood used for gun shots still looks terribly fake.

    There are some film artefacts, but they are all small and unobtrusive. There are no MPEG artefacts, and aliasing is only noticeable a couple of times. Again we see some camera bounce - these guys could really have used a Steadicam - shame it hadn't been invented!



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Audio

    There are three soundtracks on this DVD; English, French, and Italian. All three are in Dolby Digital 1.0. I listened to the English soundtrack. This soundtrack is quite noticeably louder than its predecessor - I returned to my normal listening level for this one.

    The dialogue is mostly clear and readily understood. There are some examples of poor quality ADR work, but they are not too bad.

    The director, Gordon Parks, is also responsible for the score. It quotes from the score to the original movie, but adds some originality, too.

    The surrounds and subwoofer are untroubled by a straight mono sound track like this.



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Extras

Menu

    The menu is static, with the music running in the background.

Cast and Crew

    A single page listing the stars and some of the crew - not much of an extra

Trailer (2:58)

   

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 disc misses out on:

The Region 1 disc misses out on:

    I'd recommend the Region 4 because it is PAL rather than NTSC, and because it is in a transparent Amaray case instead of a snapper.

Summary

    Shaft's Big Score is a reasonable sequel, with a decent transfer.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is good, for a mono track.

   

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-737, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics matte white screen with a gain of 1.0 (280cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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