Putney Swope

Type: New Blu-Ray

Assuming he is incapable of winning, all of the members of a prestigious Madison Avenue advertising firm accidentally vote to appoint the company's only black executive, Putney Swope, as chairman of the board. His unexpected win behind him, Swope changes the company's name to 'Truth and Soul, Inc,' fires nearly all of its elderly white employees, and focuses solely on creating subversive, outlandish, and shocking campaigns. As the company is catapulted to new heights of success, Swope finds that he has drawn the ire of the U.S. President, who seeks to declare him and his renegade staff a threat to national security.


Considered one of the masterpieces of late 60s counterculture cinema, Robert Downey Sr.’s (Greaser's Palace) PUTNEY SWOPE remains a vital cinematic satire on race, politics and pop culture. Featuring a supporting performance from character actor Allen Garfield (Nashville) alongside a cameo from Mel Brooks, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present the world Blu-ray debut of PUTNEY SWOPE in a stunning new 4k restoration created by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Film Foundation.


Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.

Starring: Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Mel Brooks

1969 / 85 min / 1.37:1


• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo

• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from various 35mm pre-print elements

• Audio commentary with director Robert Downey Sr.

• Video interview with Robert Downey Sr. from 2001 on Putney Swope

• Video interview with Robert Downey Sr. from 2008 on Putney Swope

• Q and A from the film's screening at the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival

• Audio interview with cinematographer Gerald Cotts

• Audio commentary with film critic and historian Sergio Mims

• Original theatrical trailer

• Massive archival article & promo gallery

• Reversible cover artwork

• English SDH subtitles