"Ladies and gentlemen, players and ladies, high-lifes and low-lifes, all you trash with cash, allow me to announce the Doctor is IN!"
Shout Select always surprises me with the titles that they release. And I can tell you I was not only shocked to see them release one of my favorite 80's comedies, but they loaded it up with extras ever. I'm talking about the classic Dan Aykroyd masterpiece that is Doctor Detroit.
Aykroyd plays Clifford Skridlow, a Literary Professor at Monroe College. He's a pretty big nerd and while hes out power walking (to Devo may I add) he's spotted by Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman, in way to small of a role)a small time pimp who is picking up his girls. It turns out Smooth owes a woman named Mom 80K. She's a rival pimp, or some type of crime lord, its never fully explained. Anyway he cant afford to pay it so he tells he he's being shaken down by a rival pimp whos really connected in the underworld known as Doctor Detroit. As Doctor Detroit is not real he needs to find a patsy so he can skip town and dump his debt on someone else.
Enter Clifford, who smooth meets at a restaurant. He introduces him to his women. Monica (Donna Dixon), Jasmine (Lydia Lei) Thelma (Lynn Whitfield), and Karen (Fran Drescher). They take him out and party all night long. The next morning Clifford gets a call from Diavolo (T.K. Carter) who is Smooths limo driver. He explains that Thelma has been arrested and Clifford needs to get her out. In doing this, in great Aykroyd fashion as he impersonates a southern lawyer, he realizes these girls are prostitutes. He also gets a visit from Mom who demands to see Doctor Detroit. Clifford tells her he is Doctor Detroit's assistant but will set up a meeting.
What followed is one of the funniest films of the 80's as Aykroyd get to shine as not only Clifford Skridlow, but his alter ego of Doctor Detroit as well. See in a subplot of the film it turns out that the college Clifford works at is in financial trouble so they are meeting with a wealthy investor. Clifford has to entertain him, protect the girls from Mom, and also attend the "Players Ball" where he is being awarded Pimp of the Year.
This film is hysterical and as you can see its got a loaded cast of comedy geniuses. This film was not a huge hit at the box office, but became a cult hit after playing on cable and in the video store rental area. I think its Aykroyd's best film and he shines in pulling of both parts.
Shout has outdone themselves with the transfer on this as is usual with them. They really have a system down as they just keep doing fantastic work in both the visual and audio transfers. It was great having James Brown and Devo blasting through my speakers. They also have it loaded up with Special Features
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Michael Pressman And Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars