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Backtrack [VHS] (1990)

Dennis Hopper , Jodie Foster , Dennis Hopper  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Hopper, Jodie Foster, John Turturro, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price
  • Directors: Dennis Hopper
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: January 25, 1995
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302296919
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD is NOT the Director's Cut! May 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
For those who don't know, there are two versions of this film:
The European version titled "Catchfire", which runs 98 minutes (more or less) and has a music score by Curt Sobel. The director of the film, Dennis Hopper disowned this version--it is credited to Alan Smithee instead.
Then there's the director's cut, "Backtrack", which runs 116 minutes (more or less), and features a different score by Michel Columbier. This version is available on video.
I don't know why, but the DVD release is in fact the shorter European cut w/ alternate score--despite keeping the "Backtrack" title and Hopper's name on the credits as director. Oh, and the back of the box credits Michel Columbier as composer, which is very odd considering not a note of his music is present in this version.
A simple mistake by the distributor Artisan? Or are they simply trying to pull a fast one on the consumers? Either way, I strongly suggest that you either wait for a proper release on DVD or purchase the VHS version instead, which to my knowledge remains as the director's cut.
Maybe Hopper changed his mind about which cut he prefers, but I highly doubt that.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! August 30, 2004
Format:DVD
A word to the wise from one who got burned: the Artisan DVD release is the expurgated cut. The story makes no sense once they've trimmed the Jodie/Dennis sex scenes, so don't buy it. Shame on Artisan.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Butchered movie July 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Don't buy this DVD. Buy the VHS director's cut. The movie has been wrecked by haphazard edits. The DVD doesn't even make sense. This is not a bad film. Buy the VHS, but run as far as you can from this DVD. It's a rip-off.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BUYERS BEWARE February 25, 2005
Format:DVD
READ ALL REVIEWS BEFORE YOU BUY. If I had taken the time to read the warning about the cut DVD version, I never would have bought this DVD. Too late schmart. It's a hatchet job. Very sad and SO maddening that an intriguing film in which one could luxuriate has been turned into a goofy trivialization. And I can't return it because I've opened it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid! This is NOT the Director's Cut! May 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
People, can you spell: M.I.S.S.E.D. O.P.P.O.R.T.U.N.I.T.Y.?
Please be aware: This is not the 116 minute Director's Cut of this movie (previously released on VHS by Vestron Video), but the 99 minute version (and not 102 minutes as the description and artwork claims).
I took a gamble, since the Video box artwork also states 102 minutes but was in fact 116 minutes, that this would be the proper version, but sadly it was not...
You're better off trying to find the VHS version of this film as it is, even without widescreen, far superior over this version.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A minor disappointment May 1, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I had seen the movie before and thought the story to be off-beat and quirky enough to be enjoyable. However, I was curious why the DVD version seemed to have been abbreviated. By my recollection, you saw a little more of Jodie Foster preparing for her shower scene, a lot more of her in lingerie in a motel room with Dennis Hopper and the original final scenes included an exchange between Fred Ward and a departing Vincent Price that is not on the DVD. Again, if my memory is correct, the apparent editing was a bit disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shorter and less sexy than the VHS June 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The Widescreen simply cuts off the the top and bottom of the full screen VHS. Left out some of the Jodie Foster Shower scene and cut some the touchy feely between Hopper and Foster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I usually love DVD's of old films,but this time it's not the case!!! The DVD is a butchered shorter version with a new score,YUCK!!! If you have the old director's cut on VHS tape,I advise you keep it until a Director's Cut version on DVD come out!!! I kept mine thank God!!! Great film,Bad DVD,I'm glad I did not buy it!!! THIS IS NOT DENNIS HOPPERS DIRECTOR'S CUT!!! Nuff said!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable movie
It's interesting that a killer fell for a girl. Just like that. And they bond together and destroy all the bad guys. It's cool.
Published 3 months ago by Chi Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars This is another one that I saw sometime ago.
I saw this along time ago and liked it. This is about Jodie Foster makes signs. She goes home from work and her car gets a flat on the freeway. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars Backtrack
I watched this movie on a cable movie channel and I was hooked from the beginning. Hopper and Foster are fascinating to watch and they pull it off from the start.
Published 10 months ago by Sheryl Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible-not even close
Awful. I have an old original vhs and that is awesome. Don't buy this. It makes no sense. The fill-in music is unrelated. Hopper is rolling in his grave over this mess.
Published 11 months ago by Lw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
this came quickly and without any problems; a really funny and good movie. I love watching it! I would recommend it to people who like a different type of love story with some... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leann Gilbreath
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends of Hopper
This movie is a complete mess, but I liked it nonetheless. I like it not for its plot, cinematography, or acting, which are all horrible, but for the very fact that it is a great... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars So, sue me. I liked it.
This is one of those films that doesn't really fit into any category. It is strange to the point of being just plain weird. But, somehow, thanks I guess to the stars, it works. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Many A-grade movie stars here, in a thriller, drama movie.
Backtrack (1990) or Catchfire, is a release that would have
been fine in 1977 or 1979, at best, but never in 1990. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Pork Chop
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally inconsistent but two great actors
[The present review refers to the full-length edition of the movie] Literally by accident succesful conceptual artist Anne (Jodie Foster) watches the mob (Vincent Price, Joe Pesci,... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by syhob
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad.
this movie has gotten a lot of poor reviews but i don't think it's that bad. i'm a huge jodie foster fan and while this isn't her best work, she definitely gave a solid... Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Amanda L. Short
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