Blu-Ray News #215: The Take (1974) & Black Gunn (1972).

Mill Creek has announced an upcoming Blu-Ray that pairs a couple of 70s Blaxsploitation pictures — The Take (1974) and Black Gunn (1972). Both were directed by Robert Hartford-Davis — who also did a few British horror pictures like Corruption (1968) and Incense For The Damned (1971). His Nobody Ordered Love (1971) is a lost film since he pulled it from circulation and ordered it destroyed.

The Take (1974)
Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis
Starring Billy Dee Williams, Eddie Albert, Frankie Avalon, Sorrell Booke, Albert Salmi, Vic Morrow, Tracy Reed

By this time, Billy Dee Williams had already appeared in Brian’s Song (1971), Lady Sings The Blues (1972) and Hit! (1973), but he was still six years away from The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He’s supported by a good cast, as if they didn’t think he could carry the picture on his own.

The cinematographer was Duke Callaghan, whose previous film was Jeremiah Johnson (1972). Mr. Callaghan shot a lot of Adam-12 episodes, so I’m a fan.

Black Gunn (1972)
Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis
Starring Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda Sykes, Herbert Jefferson, Jr., Luciana Paluzzi, Stephen McNally, Bernie Casey, Bruce Glover

Football great Jim Brown made some terrific movies — stuff like Rio Conchos (1964), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Dark Of The Sun (1968) and The Split (1968). This time, the mob is after Brown’s brother (Herbert Jefferson, Jr.). Black Gunn‘s got a great cast, and you can always count on Bruce Glover to be a superb psycho.

The picture was shot by Richard H. Kline, who also gave us Hang ‘Em High (1968), The Boston Strangler (1968), Mr. Majestyk (1974) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1980).

Two cool movies in high definition at a great price. The more of these things Mill Creek pulls from the Columbia vaults, the more I like ’em.


Filed under 1972, 1974, Columbia, Jim Brown, Mill Creek

2 responses to “Blu-Ray News #215: The Take (1974) & Black Gunn (1972).

  1. john k

    Things are sure moving at a clip aboard the H8.
    I did see BLACK GUNN at the time and remember it being pretty good
    of it’s type-don’t know THE TAKE at all.
    Interesting that supporting players in BLACK GUNN had Mafia connections-
    William Campbell’s ex wife and ill fated star Keefe Brasselle.
    Hartford Davis after a couple of exploitation type pictures made
    CORRUPTION,certainly the nastiest picture Peter Cushing ever made.
    THE FIEND has Ann Todd slumming as never before.
    Very interesting info on NOBODY ORDERED LOVE.


    • I’ve seen Black Gunn, too. The Take sounds interesting, especially with that cast.

      You’re right, things are moving fast. There are so many cool H8-ish things coming out these days, from all the Hammers to various things from Warner Archive to the ongoing Mill Creek stuff.

      I was really impressed with the new Plague Of The Zombies from Scream Factory. It’s one of my favorite Hammers, and it really looks great. And while WA’s Satanic Rites Of Dracula looks terrific, the movie isn’t any better than I remembered (unlike Dracula AD 1972).


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