Run Time: 518:00 Final Format: DVD - NTSC Year: 1973
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Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, Original Aspect Ratio - 1.37 Audio: Mono 1.0 - English
He's the coolest private detective around, caught up in all the hottest cases. Can you dig it? Richard Roundtree portrays streetsmart Harlem sleuth John Shaft, reprising the film role he played in three trend-setting movies of the early 1970s (and would revisit in the 2000 Shaft remake starring Samuel L. Jackson). In these seven episodes that each ran in a 90-minute timeslot, Shaft likes his women chic, his cars fast and his clothes expensive - and takes the fight to mob lowlifes, scumballs and vigilantes who prey upon Shaft's pals and other decent, everyday people. And, yes, it just wouldn't be Shaft without the signature theme music of Isaac Hayes. That's here, too. Right on!
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NR (Not Rated)
Mystery & Thrillers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This long forgotten TV spin off from the 3 Shaft Movies - Shaft (1971), Shaft's Big Score! (1972) and Shaft In Africa (1973) - comes at last to DVD courtesy of Warner's Archive Collection.
Why long forgotten? Many fans of the movies complained that the TV version of Shaft was toned down too much from the character on the big screen - his prickly relationship with Lt Vic Anderozzi was replaced by a buddy buddy friendship with Lt Al Rossi, his trendy turtleneck sweaters and leather jackets were ditched in favour of conservative shirts, ties, suits and even pullovers!, and worst of all, he was no longer an in-your-face-up-yours tough black private eye, but merely a private eye who happened to be black. The violence was toned right down and the sex was reduced to zero.
Is this, fans asked, really our Shaft?
Well this series was made in 1973 and in those days American TV was ultra-conservative. Richard Roundtree himself, in response to these criticisms,...
When I first saw the original three Shaft movies I didn't even know these TV movies existed. Finding out they did was like discovering Sean Connery played James Bond in a TV series years ago that had long been forgotten. Admittedly you don't get the same raw appeal of the movies, but still you have Richard Roundtree, still looking great and oozing charisma, in seven new stories! A few of them feel as if they just plugged Shaft into an existing 70's TV mystery that could have been as easily occupied by Cannon or McCloud or any number of TV detectives, but most of them at least come close to the action content of the movies (if on a smaller budget and being careful not to get too bloody). Even the lesser ones are enjoyable if you like the familiarity of 70's TV and all those faces you've seen a million times even if you don't know their names. So I enjoyed the set quite a bit. Oh - and if you miss the use of Isaac Hayes's iconic theme song in the two follow-up movies here they made...
Since the original Shaft movie in 1972, I've always enjoyed Richard Roundtree in this role. I well remember when the short-lived Shaft TV series was on. It's so nice to view these episodes all over again for the sake of nostalgia.
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