Putney Swope (Limited Edition, Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Robert Downey, 1969)
Release date: 25 July 2022
Limited Edition Blu-ray

Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, Shaft) is the only Black executive at a stuffy Madison Avenue advertising agency. When the chairman dies unexpectedly, Putney is unexpectedly elected the new boss – because those voting never thought anyone else would to do the same. Putney proceeds to kick out the white majority, replacing them with young, revolutionary types, and renames the agency Truth and Soul.

A bracing satire, taking well-aimed pot-shots at capitalism, power and racism in America, Robert Downey’s Putney Swope is a key entry in counterculture cinema, and a landmark of independent filmmaking, and – after more than a half a century – is still very, very funny.


  • 4K restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation 
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Robert Downey (2001)
  • Audio commentary with film critic and historian Sergio Mims (2019)
  • Interview with Robert Downey (2001)
  • Audio interview with cinematographer Gerald Cotts (2019)
  • Film Forum Q&A with Robert Downey (2016): the writer and director in conversation with Bruce Goldstein at the Film Forum, New York
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Dan Ireland trailer commentary (2014): short critical appreciation
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet featuring a new essay by Christina Newland, an archival article on the film, archival comments from Robert Downey, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and full film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies for the UK