Shaft is the original that started it all, widely cited as the first "blaxploitation" movie. Richard Roundtree plays John Shaft, the street-smart private eye whose hunt for a kidnap victim puts him between feuding syndicates. Isaac Hayes provides the memorable Academy AwardO-winning Best Original Song (1971) and gritty score. "He's a bad dude," a racketeer says about Shaft in the sequel Shaft's Big Score! Leave it to Shaft to back up that statement in a way New York's wise guys understand as he investigates the murder of a client. Roundtree again puts on the hero's leather jacket, reuniting with director Gordon Parks.
- Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Joseph Mascolo
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rating: R
- Label: Warner Bros.
- Release Date: 10/02/2012
- Run Time: 202 minutes
- Catalogue #: 67604
- Documentary - Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location