There just aren’t enough good pimp comedies in the world. This makes sense since mostly they are horrible people that control women and intimidate men. They don’t care who they cut to get their money. There’s not too comic pimp moments in HBO’s The Deuce. But Dan Aykroyd figured out a way to make us laugh at the pimp gang with Doctor Detroit. The film was Aykroyd’s first big screen attempt to work without John Belushi. He pulls off being both a meek professor and an outrageous pimp. The film is finally getting a Blu-ray release with plenty of bonus feature on April 24 as part of the Shout Select collection. Here’s the press release from Shout Factory:
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ APRIL 24, 2018
FROM SHOUT SELECT
“Ladies and gentlemen, players and ladies, high-lifes and low-lifes, all you trash with cash, allow me to announce the Doctor is IN!”
Los Angeles, CA –He’s making the world safe…for insanity. On April 24, 2018, the cult comedy Doctor Detroit comes to Blu-ray for the first time, courtesy Shout Select.
Clifford Skridlow’s newest profession is the oldest profession in Doctor Detroit, a chaotic comedy starring the one and only Dan Aykroyd.
When fast-talking pimp Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman, WKRP In Cincinnati) finds himself in hot water with Chicago crime boss Mom (Kate Murtagh), he claims that there’s a new player in the game: Doctor Detroit, a cat who’s badder than bad … and completely fictitious. In need of a patsy until the heat dies down, Smooth hits paydirt with mild-mannered professor Clifford Skridlow (Aykroyd) — and promptly skips town, leaving his bevy of sexy “employees” in Clifford’s hapless hands. Charmed by the ladies and spurred by his dedication to chivalry, Clifford agrees to become their protector and ally, transforming himself from a power-walking professor to a heroic hustler … and throwing down the gauntlet to save his college from financial ruin and the four damsels from the wrath of Mom!
· NEW Audio Commentary With Director Michael Pressman and Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
· NEW Interview With Director Michael Pressman
· “Radio Free Detroit” – Inside the Doctor Detroit Audio Press Kit, Featuring Rare and Vintage Interviews
· Photo Gallery
· Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spots
· Radio Spots
and for fun, here’s what happened when Dan Aykroyd gave away his car on MTV for the movie.
and here’s the time I took my newborn daughter to a liquor store to meet Dan.
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