Last month I announced that the blaxploitation cult classic “Dolemite” (which I called the “blackest film ever made” and I still hold to that), starring the late great Rudy Ray Moore, was finally coming out on blu-ray/DVD from Vinegar Syndrome. However, at the end of the piece, I lamented that there were no plans for a similar blu-ray release of his follow-up film, “The Human Tornado,” originally released in 1976, which I thought was an even better film.
Well, it turns out that I spoke too soon, because Vinegar Syndrome is indeed releasing “The Human Tornado” later this month on blu-ray/DVD, on May 31st.
Now when I say “Human Tornado” is a better film than “Dolemite,” what I mean is that it takes all the elements that makes “Dolemite” so great and ramps it up to another level. Forget about a logical plot. There really isn’t much of one. It starts off one way then abruptly turns into something else entirely. It kicks off with Dolemite having a huge party at his home after a successful concert tour, while having sex with a white woman. Sure enough the woman’s racist Southern sheriff husband shows up; she gets killed along with the sheriff’s deputy, and they chase a butt-naked Dolemite through his house, and down the street, until he makes a dramatic escape.
And that’s just in the first ten minutes of the film. After that, it’s just a series of Moore’s patented filthy jokes, ample female nudity, sex scenes, nightclub performances, and lots of badl-choreographed martial arts sequences, all-while Dolemite is trying to find some kidnapped woman. And, oh yeah, that sheriff is still after him.
It’s classic Rudy Ray Moore all the way, and it’s great to finally see “Tornado” re-mastered and looking brand-spanking-new in all its blu-ray glory.
And of course the blu-ray will include numerous extras and special features like: “I, Dolemite II” making-of documentary; the soundtrack; a radio spot; “Der Bastard” – a German dubbed version along with a commentary track with Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray, and co-star Jimmy Lynch; and an audio interview with director Cliff Roquemore and martial arts champion Howard Johnson.
Take a look at the trailer. I double dare you to tell me that you don’t want to see it: