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Fast Company [Blu-ray] (1979)

William Smith , Claudia Jennings , David Cronenberg  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Smith, Claudia Jennings, John Saxon, Nicholas Campbell
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDH4JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Legendary Drive-In Classic from the Director of THE FLY, SCANNERS and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

In between his horror hits RABID and THE BROOD, award-winning director David Cronenberg immersed himself in the gritty world of top-fuel dragsters to make what he considers to be one of the most important movies of his entire career. Genre icons William Smith (RED DAWN, MANIAC COP), John Saxon (ENTER THE DRAGON, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and drive-in goddess Claudia Jennings (in her final role before her tragic death) star in this surprising story of a corporate-sponsored racing team and the explosive obsessions that speed them through lives of fast cars, fast cash and FAST COMPANY.

Due to a mysterious distribution snafu, FAST COMPANY was barely released in America and has remained virtually unseen anywhere in the world. Blue Underground is proud to present this action-packed drama in High Definition, transferred under the supervision of cinematographer Mark Irwin (SCREAM, VIDEODROME), remixed in room-rattling 7.1 DTS-HD and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, and packed with nitro-burning Extras, including Cronenberg's two fascinating - and equally rare - early features, STEREO and CRIMES OF THE FUTURE.

Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director David Cronenberg
"Inside the Character Actor's Studio" - Interviews with Stars William Smith and John Saxon
"Shooting Cronenberg" - Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Theatrical Trailer
The Early Films of David Cronenberg: STEREO and CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems


"A Perfectly Enjoyable Bit Of Drive-In Fodder... Exciting, Sometimes Funny And Always Entertaining!" -- The Digital Bits

"Fits In Quite Comfortably With David Cronenberg's Body Of Work!" -- DVD Verdict

"Plenty Of Breathtaking Racing Scenes!" -- All Movie Guide

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The 2-Disc Limited Edition was purchased impulsively on its street date release, after I saw it staring at me on a shelf at a local retailer. Having greatly enjoyed Rabid, The Brood, Videodrome, and Crash, I had long been curious to see Stereo and Crimes of the Future. Yet having picked it up for Cronenberg's two early features, I was watching Fast Company for the sixth time on Saturday night of that same week.
Phil Adamson (John Saxon): You know you're out of your goddamn mind, Johnson. You're out of your mind, and you're over-the-hill. First you turn my trailer into a goddamn whorehouse, now it's an insane asylum!
John Saxon's villainy as the FastCo oil company rep is hilarious. Aside from the wonderfully written dialogue, his facial expressions and gestures are fantastic. Lonnie "Lucky Man" Johnson's (William Smith) team consists of a Western genre family-like trio, with character names such as Billy the Kid, P.J. and Elder; all wonderful performances. Gary "The Blacksmith" Black (Cedric Smith) is Lonnie's top competitor. He is neither a one-dimensional friend nor foe. His personal team members, known as Stoner and Meatball, are a funny pair. Stoner is likable and not-such-a-bad guy, while Meatball is a classic A-hole. Candy (Judy Foster) is Miss FastCo, a not-so-dumb blonde with feelings for Billy, and who makes an admirable stand when her self-respect is threatened by her employer's demands. William Smith and Claudia Jennings are the long-distance relationship lovers that I, on a personal level, have grown strongly attached to. Both, individually and together, add to the film something magical and nostalgic for me that I find very rare in most movies that I've seen. The scenes involved with them makes me feel like a small boy spending time with a favorite aunt and uncle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Company...Finally February 1, 2005
Fast Company (1979) is truly great B-cinema despite the tendencies of scholastic indifference. Whether its lack of reception has been due to lack of availability, its straight-to-Beta stigma or, most probable, an audience's disregard for anything differing from the Cronenbergian macabre is open for debate. What is certain is that this effort, his first with a budget exceeding the million-dollar mark, was a precursor to the personal trajectory of The Brood (1979).

Divorce proceedings underway, David changed focus to his consuming passion of the automobile. The final product was a decent drag strip movie, "a good B-Movie" he admits. The good versus evil tension included in most racing films is combined with some point of view shots from the car racers proper, in itself, well worth the price of the rental. Spending most of the film arguing with John Saxon, his greasy sponsor from Fast Company Motor Oil, William Smith plays Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson, whose iconic status as drag strip guru is tested race after race. His real stroke of luck however comes through his onscreen squeeze, November Playmate 1969 Claudia Jennings. This marked consecutive attempts at casting notables from the adult industry.

Attempting to recreate the similar appeal and subsequent audience draw that worked for him in Rabid, Ms Jennings' luck ran out in an ironic off-screen car-accident, taking her young life shortly after the film was completed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Experiment in Telepathy April 24, 2004
Stereo and Crimes of the Future are among the best underground films produced in North America in the late 60's/early 70's, a time when Kenneth Anger and Martin Scorsese were also making their first films. Thanks to Blue Underground for releasing those two important productions (along with the great Fast Company in a fantastic transfer) in such a classy edition.
May the experiment in telepathy begin...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drag racing movie! May 6, 2014
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Very enjoyable drag racing movie with an emphasis on Funny Cars and the ins and outs of professional team racing under a sponsorship. Filmed in Canada, the scenery is often spectacular as the racing teams travel cross-country to the next race. Great camera work with a nice soundtrack. Quirky characters,gorgeous women and thundering funny cars make this a film worth watching again and again. As a former street/drag racer myself back in the 1970's, something that is permanently etched in my memory was the sound of my brother Johns, lightning fast shifts on his M22 Rock Crusher 4 speed equipped, 327 powered, black '62 Chevy. Although the movies emphasis is on funny cars, there is one scene where a street-able muscle car GTO racer is banging the gears on a four-speed down the quarter-mile that reminds me of my brothers lightning fast shifts and which anyone who loves the sound of expert clutch work will be sure to appreciate. And, the scenes where the racing team pick up two super-hottie hitchhikers and where the lead character pulls up in his funny car on the street alongside two kids in a muscle car at a stoplight, are alone worth the price of the DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great old school movie June 6, 2014
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I liked the footage in this movie, seeing it reminded me of the old days of racing,and I thought it was well edited as well. also you just can't beat the old "dry hop" after the burn-out it was cool to see that again (I'd almost forgot that's how they would put heat in the clutch). So I would recommend this show for any "old school" drag racing fan or for the current fan that is curious to see how it was done in the 70's and 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by James Lister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the old school drag racing and vintage race cars of the day
Awesome video.
Published 2 months ago by Robert W. Mcdaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER DRAG RACING MOVIE!
TOP NOTCH FILM that will be enjoyed by all who view it. You will not be disappointed!
Published 3 months ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars An odd movie but there is little in the drag racing genre for us.
Fun to watch this because of the vintage film and the driver's perspective on a run in a funny car. But...if you're looking for Oscar performances... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KingofThings
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Company DVD
Great vintage movie from the late 70s. Cronenberg delivers great footage, and a good story and I really liked his naration on it as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phillip J Montejano
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Company
Being a fan of drag racing and especially during the era portrayed in this movie, I enjoyed it very much.
Published 14 months ago by Steve Steck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Company [Blu-ray]
Excellent movie about auto racing director David Cronenberg. Very difficult to get a bizarre work of the director, not many people know about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leonardo Agustin Barone
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of drag racing this is required viewing
great old movie for car guys, lots of cool period racing scenes. A good deal of the movie was filmed in and around Edmonton,Ab. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dennis Macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars The cars are the stars!
As an American with a fascination with both high and low Canadian film culture, this movie, at first blush, seems to be more the type of film the Trailer Park Boys would direct... Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Ben from San Diego
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but it's not a good movie
if you like 70s funny cars you have to see this. GREAT footage of what it was like back then. but there's no movie here.
Published on February 5, 2012 by Damnyankee
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