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Review: Dolemite (Vinegar Syndrome)

4.5 stars

Starring: Rudy Ray Moore, D’Urville Martin, Lady Reed, Jerry Jones

Directed: D’Urville Martin

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome


Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore), the baddest pimp in town, has just been released from prison, ready to take revenge on notorious gangster Willie Green (D’Urville Martin), who set him up on a phony drug charge and stole his club, The Total Experience.

With the help of his friend Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and their band of Kung Fu fighting vixens, Dolemite takes on every “rat soup eatin’ motherf#%*er” in South Central.

Acclaimed comedian Rudy Ray Moore’s outrageously funny and action packed blaxploitation classic, makes its worldwide blu-ray debut, fully restored in 2k from a recently discovered 35mm negative and loaded with extras, including a new making-of documentary by Elijah Drenner and a historical commentary track from Moore’s biographer Mark Murray, featuring interviews with Moore as well as co-stars Jerry Jones, Lady Reed, John Kerry, cinematographer Nick Von Sternberg and more!



Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good with no distortions. But could use more Bass but not bad Sounds good for an older film.

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality looks great as its sharp in detail and colors pop. It still has that old sploitation look with grain and twinkling stars running across the screen but doesn’t hurt the Quality, just makes it look more authentic.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: April 26, 1976 (USA)
Disc release Date: April 26, 2016 (USA)
  • Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.
    • All extras on both formats.
    • Scanned and restored in 2k from a newly discovered 35mm negative.
    • Includes two framing options: the intended 1.85:1 widescreen version and an alternate full frame ‘boom mic’ version.
    • “I, Dolemite” making-of documentary.
    • “Lady Reed Uncut” featurette.
    • “Locations: Then & Now” featurette.
    • Historical commentary track by Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray.
    • DOLEMITE – theatrical trailer.
    • THE HUMAN TORNADO – theatrical trailer.
    • Original cover artwork by Jay Shaw.
    • Reversible cover artwork.
    • English SDH Subtitles.
My Thoughts


Dolemite is a blaxploitation film filled with action, Karate, Nudity, and catchy one liners. When Talking blaxploitation Dolemite should be at the top of the list. Yes the acting is low-grade the cuts in the editing room could use work but that what makes this film fun and funny at times.

The Plot is good dealing with the Baddest Pimp in town framed by crooked cops working for a guy who want what Dolemite has. But Non crooked FBI guy understands this might not be what it looks to be, Dolemite is set free. Again good amount of nudity, some of the acting is below grade, but surprisingly some of the action looked good as I think some of the actors are real martial art students. We also have a bunch of gun action and some gore as Dolemite rips out a guys guts.

Overall the film was a fun watch with its ups and downs but the downs is also what makes this good. I wanted more awkward cuts in the editing and more catchy one liners but hey, its good enough.

With that said I give Dolemite a 4.5 out 5 and if your into blaxploitation films you should pick this Blu-Ray up.


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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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