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'Crackdown: Big City Blues - Restored Classics'
(Stu 'Large' Riley, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Jim Hill, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1991) 2018 / Film Detective)

Overview: Set in New York City in the 1990s, community activists seek to rid their neighborhood of the anguish, brutality, and violence associated with local drug dealers.

Blu-ray Verdict: Released November 20th, 2018 via The Film Detective, this simply stunning Blu-ray of 'Crackdown: Big City Blues' is one of the finest reveals of the once-prevalent crack epidemic in 1990's New York that I've seen a decade or more.

Starring Rhonda Ross Kendrick (daughter of Diana Ross and legendary music producer Berry Gordy; 'Protector of the Gods', 'The Last Dragon', 'Another World'), fashion model Jim Hill and Stu "Large" Riley ('Gotham', 'The Blacklist', 'Shaft'), 'Crackdown: Big City Blues' illustrates the anguish, brutality and violence associated with drug dealers in a community which wants to protect its citizens from the addiction epidemic.

In fact, as Kendrick herself recently put it, "I was a really young actress when I was cast in 'Crackdown'. I think I was 21. It was a huge challenge to play a young lady who was my age, but with so much tragic life experience. It taught me a lot."

And that's exactly what 'Crackdown' does, it teaches you. Shot in a mid-'70s style of both cinematography and dialogue, and with both sets of the crime spree wearing far too much eye liner, the gun fights quickly turn into martial arts sprees that soon turn into rough and tumble wrestling.

And with regard those altercations, the continuous camera work means you get the full fight sequences without breaks in the action, which is very nice to see.

Sure the dialogue is cheesy in parts, the acting over the top and way too verbose for a supposed street altercation, but that said, when it comes to some of the "new reports" and "live at the scene" TV moments, they are done really well; very realistically.

Inspired by their own neighborhood's struggle in battling the plague of addiction, 'Crackdown' was written and produced by Paul DeSilva and Frazier Prince, a retired 20 year veteran narcotics detective with the NYPD who served as the key liaison and technical advisor to Fox's Americas Most Wanted for more than ten years. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

New Remaster of the Film from Original 35mm Elements
Interviews with producer Frazier Prince and sound designer Jim Markovic
Making-of featurette - including early 8mm film footage shot by director Paul DeSilva and exclusive behind the scenes footage of Prince visiting the original shoot location
Original Trailer

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