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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

Edward Abrahms , Christopher J.C. Agajanian , H.B. "Toby" Halicki  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Edward Abrahms, Christopher J.C. Agajanian, Gary Bettenhausen, Edward Booker, Wally Burr
  • Directors: H.B. "Toby" Halicki
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055ZNH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gone in 60 Seconds" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Footage
  • Interviews

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When car nut and aspiring B movie maverick H.B. "Toby" Halicki released his debut film, he gave top billing to his car, a yellow 1973 Ford Mustang named Eleanor. That's a good indication of Halicki's priorities in the original car-crunching, tire-squealing drive-in classic Gone in 60 Seconds. Halicki wrote, produced, starred, and did all of his own extraordinary stunt driving in the picture, the story of a career car thief who makes a deal to steal 48 cars for an overseas smuggler. OK, it's not Shakespeare. The plot is perfunctory at best, and Halicki's all thumbs when it comes to directing his wooden cast, but he gives a crash course in the mechanics of the car-theft biz and tops it off with one of the greatest car chases of all time: a 40-minute finale that roars through five Los Angeles-basin towns and destroys 93 cars in the process. It's a masterpiece of stunt driving, down-and-dirty photography, and sharp, furious cutting; the unsung hero of the picture is editor Warner Leighton, who paces the film perfectly and never lets it stall. Forget the messy Nicolas Cage in-name-only remake, this is outlaw auto cinema at its purest. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

You ve seen all the chase films - now see the one that started it all. A runaway theatrical hit in 1974 GONE IN 60 SECONDS defined the genre of the car chase film and became an instant classic. Now it s back - fully restored and digitally remastered. The Assignment: to steal 48 luxury cars and sport vehicles. The Challenge: avoid getting caught! When the cops finally catch up with master thief Pace Maindrain he rocks them through a 40-minute full-throttle chase wrecking half of Los Angeles making his escape. With unstoppable action and edge of your seat suspense Gone In 60 Seconds slams you on a rocket ride you ll never forget!System Requirements:Written directed by and starring: H.B. "Toby" Halicki. Running Time: 98 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 1974 c H.B. Halicki Productions.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG UPC: 741027117165

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213 of 233 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING TO ALL FANS OF THE ORIGINAL FILM... December 1, 2000
Format:DVD
First of all, I love this movie. I was quite surprised to discover it's release on DVD, and needless to say, I grabbed it. There is no doubt that this disc is loaded with extras, but sadly, the claim that the film has been "fully restored" is extremely misleading. The advantage of these review forums, is to provide insight, from someone who has already bought the product, to those interested. And, that's what I'm here to do.
Here are the DVD's special features, as listed: LETTERBOXED PRESENTATION (1.85:1), REMASTERED SOUNDTRACK (in Dolby 5.1 and DTS), NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE, AUDIO COMMENTARY: Jack Vacek (Cinematographer) and Warner Leighton (Editor), 3 TRAILERS (The original theatrical trailers for "GONE IN 60 SECONDS" and "THE JUNKMAN", and another for the remastered version of "GONE IN 60 SECONDS"), EXTENSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTO GALLERY, DVD-ROM CAPABILITIES, INTRODUCTION with Denice Halicki (H.B. Halicki's widow) and "Eleanor".
Sounds very enticing, right? That's what I thought. Hell, to be honest, I really didn't care about the extras, as long as I could get H.B. Halicki's original classic on DVD! Naturally, I immediately put the DVD in. Then, my dissapointment began.
Now, what the packaging WON'T tell you, and what I'm about to, is that this isn't, in fact, a "fully restored" version of the film, but rather, one that has been doctored. Unfortunately, the entire film has been RE-SCORED with crappy music, supposedly aimed at "updating" this classic film, thereby dumping ALL the music from the original cut. Yep, the catchy opening title "GONE IN 60 SECONDS" tune is gone, along with the "SUPERMAN" tune, and everything else, as well. Needless, to say, I am very disappointed.
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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For true fans of the original classic: here's the lowdown December 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
First of all, I've loved this movie since I was 6 years old. My mom and dad saw it in the cinema -- more than once -- while they were dating in 1974. To say the least, this title holds special significance in my whole family. Which is why it's great to see it re-released on both VHS and DVD for all to enjoy.
For those of you who, like me, have every scene, every line, every sound effect of the original movie committed to memory, you will be shocked when you play the "remastered" version. For one thing, the picture is beautiful. It's never looked so good. And the soundtrack has never sounded so good, either -- because it's been completely redone from scratch. That's the other thing. The sound effects are all new. Gone are the authentic, live-recorded engine sounds, tire screeches, and other hard effects. Gone also is the original music, including my favorite tune, "I Do Hope The Man Doesn't Catch Me", and the title song, "Gone In Sixty Seconds". For someone looking for a true re-release of the authentic, original film, this is disappointing. But for me, someone who already owns an original copy of the old MEDIA videotape release of the film, I see this remastered version just as a fun modernization of one of my favorite flicks.
The new sound effects are beautiful. I am a sound designer among other things, and some of the new crashes and guttural V8 engine sounds made me drool. They may not be true-to-life anymore, but they are great in their own right. It's almost surreal, seeing all these old muscle cars, but hearing crystal-clear digital stereo effects. By contrast, the disturbingly mono original dialogue track underlaid beneath them sounds almost ridiculous!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looks Great, Sounds Awful January 28, 2001
Format:DVD
Like the early CD releases of classic albums, sometimes technology gets a little overzealous and tries to re-invent something that doesn't need re-inventing. Unfortunately the DVD release of Gone In Sixty Seconds is about the worst example I've seen yet of the phenomenon, taking the bottom spot away from the botched remixes of all the old ZZTop albums of the 70's. This is a five star film for me, one of the ten greatest films of the seventies. A DVD edition should be a boon to all fans of the film, and while it does provide some insights with the director's commentary and the additional features, for some reason the "restorers" seemed to be trying to compete with the new (and extremely mediocre) Nicholas Cage version of the film. The totally redone musical sound track is utterly awful. It doesn't fit anything in the film at all, doesn't befit a film of the 1970's, and stomps all over some wonderfully scored moments in the original. Even the title theme song has vanished, replaced by an electronic mumbo-jumbo that sounds as if it was lifted from a bargain porno film. The plusses are that the movie can be seen for the first time in letterbox format, the visual looks fabulous, and the commentary and extras are interesting, but I was so disgusted with the opening scene I immediately jumped ahead to discover that the entire sound track had been doctored. This is not a restoration, it's just a mess. I am still hoping for, and waiting for, a true DVD restoration of the film. I doubt if we'll see a Dolby surround-sound version of "Citizen Kane" any time soon... heck even my kids know that high-tech sound wasn't around back then and certainly not on Halicki's budget. Some films, horrific as it may sound, were actually recorded in monophonic! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift
Purchased as a gift for my son, who is a fan of movies of this era.
Published 16 days ago by Betsy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by E. Spaletta
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivered in 60 seconds!
After seeing the remake rebroadcast a million times I had to see the original. Wow have cars and movies changed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by <lojol>
4.0 out of 5 stars .
For an older movie, It Is pretty good. The ending Is full of car crashes. It has a good story line.
Published 1 month ago by David Franklin Chastang
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Original
Ir hardly makes sense but the car just keeps running after all the crashes and ... well it just has to be seen.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Mcconkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the remake
I loved it! It was a go-like-hell adventure from start to finish. There is no way that anyone will be disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by Mitchell Corey
5.0 out of 5 stars GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS BLU RAY
NOT REALLY BIG STUDIO BUT STILL THE BEST HE HAD TO USE LOTS OF HIS FAMILY TO MAKE HIS MOVIE. THATS WHAT MAKES IT SO GOOD THERE WAS ALSO NUMBER 2 QUITE ENJOYABLE GET A CHANCE ENJOY... Read more
Published 2 months ago by the CUZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was not what I wanted but I kept it anyway and it turned out to be an ok movie. It was good considering it was not what I was expecting.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer B
5.0 out of 5 stars Original movie
My friend had misplaced his, so when I was able to find this copy, I was happy. It is the one he remembered.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone in 60 Seconds: H.B. Halicki's Original
Gone in 60 Seconds by H.B. Halicki's Original is a true American Classic that I hope will one day find the real recognition it deserve, with car chase fans. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter U
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