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Fast Company [Blu-ray] (1979)

William Smith , Claudia Jennings , David Cronenberg  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Smith, Claudia Jennings, John Saxon, Nicholas Campbell
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDH4JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"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

Product Description

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

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5 of 5 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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3 of 4 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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3 of 4 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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4.0 out of 5 stars True Cronenberg Fans Package July 26, 2009
Fast Company is an anomaly in David Cronenberg's filmography. Nowhere to be found is his underlying obsession with dark sexual psychology but instead this is a straightforward car flick. Don't expect Crash. A/V is excellent for this lost film.

But the inclusion of his two early experimental films make this a must have for the Cronenberg fanatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Company DVD March 21, 2014
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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. Also bonus interviews from Saxon and Smith are a plus. This movie was not well known due to some bankruptcies, etc and was glad to see it finally made it to the states. Better late than never !! The picture quality was even better than I had hoped for but I have also just purchased a BLU Ray edition as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The cars are the stars! June 24, 2012
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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 rather than the maven of psycho-Horror D. Cronenberg, but, it starts to make sense about a third of the way through. Often called a "drive-in" film, and not really seen in the US, this is a true genre experiment by the relatively green director but it's too self-assured, and, self-aware to be just the middle part of a triple feature. The beats too familiar, the sleeze too obvious. That having been said, this is a truly entertaining movie about the small-time dragster circuit in the late 70's and, while the structure is a little repetitive(dialog, race, dialog, race), the conflict wraps up nicely and all the cars are filmed with a loving lens that makes them the true stars of the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 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 9 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 11 months ago by Dennis Macdonald
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
3.0 out of 5 stars The road not taken
A rare package in which the extras are of more interest than the main feature. Fast Company is David Cronenberg's 'lost' and most atypical film, made around the same time as the... Read more
Published on October 24, 2011 by The Whisper
3.0 out of 5 stars (So far) review only of Crimes of the Future.
<strong>Crimes of the Future</strong> (David Cronenberg, 1970)

Going back into the obscure early works of a great, and distinctive, director can be instructive. Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars B-movie
I was glad they released this movie on DVD. I saw it years ago, and always wanted to get it.

The plot is simple, the characters are flat and predictable, the explosions... Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Gerardo Azpurua
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good, Not too bad.
This definately isn't for all movie goers. As a fan of Bill Smith I was hoping it was better. As a drag racer I thought it was ok. Great Saturday afternoon movie. Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by C. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpisingly good movie.
I'm not a race car fan, but this movie had enough going on with the main characters to keep it interesting and the Hi-Def transfer looked superb for an older movie.
Published on January 25, 2010 by Seattle Samurai
4.0 out of 5 stars Important release of three early films for the Cronenberg fanatic
After seeing EASTERN PROMISES I tried to make good on my promise to myself to go through the rest of Cronenberg's filmography that I hadn't yet seen, and this Blue Underground... Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Muzzlehatch
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