Leon Isaac Kennedy
Director: Jamaa Fanaka Cast: Leon Isaac Kennedy
Leon Isaac Kennedy
, Thommy Pollard
Thommy Pollard
, Hazel Spears
Hazel Spears
Jamaa Fanaka

DVD (Special Edition / Repackaged / Full Frame)

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Jamaa Fanaka's gritty and idiosyncratic blend of blaxploitation, sports drama, and life-behind-bars thriller gets a third round on DVD in this release from Xenon Pictures. Penitentiary has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; while the image hasn't been enhanced for 16 x 9 monitors, the new transfer is clean, well-detailed, and struck from better-looking source materials than the previous video release. The original monophonic audio has been preserved in a Dolby Digital Stereo track, which sounds about as good as the original materials would permit. Writer, director, and producer Fanaka contributes a commentary track as a bonus, and while there's a fair amount of dead air, he does offer some interesting background on how the film got made (he was still a student at UCLA when he shot the movie, and used some of the school's equipment and facilities during the production). Scratchy trailers for Penitentiary and Penitentiary II round out the package, which is a definite improvement over this movie's earlier incarnations on video.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
UPC: 0000799436424
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Xenon
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:39:00

Special Features

Commentary from legendary writer/director Jamaa Fanaka

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Penitentiary
1. Beaver Seven [5:30]
2. On the Inside [15:05]
3. Riding the Buster [11:06]
4. Five Fingers [3:16]
5. Too Sweet Signs Up [8:27]
6. Fight Night in Lingerie [7:46]
7. Second Round [16:07]
8. Sweet vs. Magilla [5:26]
9. 1st Connubial Visit [7:18]
10. Chump Dies Tonight [5:57]
11. Sweet vs. Amos [5:51]
12. Free Man [7:09]

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