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The Ron Howard Action Pack (Eat My Dust! / Grand Theft Auto) [Roger Corman's Cult Classics]

Ron Howard , Nancy Morgan , Ron Howard , Charles B. Griffith  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross
  • Directors: Ron Howard, Charles B. Griffith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NJC0J8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Eat My Dust!:

New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)

New interview with star, Ron Howard

How To Crash On a Dime – The making of Eat My Dust!

Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman

The Illustrated Man – A conversation with Corman poster artist, John Solie

Theatrical trailer and TV spot

Grand Theft Auto:

New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)

Introduction by Roger Corman

Audio commentary with Ron Howard and Roger Corman

Audio commentary with Actor/Cowriter Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan Arkush, Editor Joe Dante and Key Grip Ben Haller

A Family Affair – An interview with Rance and Clint Howard

Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman

Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman

Theatrical trailer and TV spots

Editorial Reviews

Eat My Dust

Way back in 1976, actor-director Ron Howard made a bargain withshlockmeister producer-director Roger Corman. It went something like this: Corman agreed to produce Howard's feature directorial debut, the 1977 Grand Theft Auto, and Howard agreed to star in another of Corman's pieces of drive-in fodder, the quirky Eat My Dust! Written and directed by Charles B. Griffith (a favorite screenwriter of Corman's who penned the original Little Shop of Horrors, among many others), Eat My Dust! is as wacked-out as anything to come out of the American International Pictures factory, and it is still surprisingly fresh and funny. Howard plays Hoover Niebold, son of a small-town, no-nonsense sheriff (Warren J. Kemmerling) and a prime candidate for dreary obscurity with his nowhere job and dull love life. Hoover takes a risk and asks out a popular girl (Christopher Norris), but after she demands that he steal the car of a professional racer (Dave Madden), the young hero abandons his innocence for a wild ride. Griffith hammers on the chase action sequences, bolting a camera to the car's hood to instill maximum vertigo in viewers, and constantly finding new and witty ways to jazz up scenes of speeding autos terrorizing the roads. But the real hook is the film's distinctive mix of youthful energy and comic irony, the latter exploding in Griffith's gallery of rural half-wits and neurotic, middle-class stereotypes. A whole cloth Z vision of teen rebellion writ large, Eat My Dust! is a corker. --Tom Keogh

Grand Theft Auto

Ron Howard directs and stars in this Roger Corman-produced feature-length car chase, and Grand Theft Auto was made to appeal to the 12-year-old in all of us who likes to see stuff blow up. Poor boy Sam Freeman (Howard) and rich girl Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) are in love, but Daddy disapproves. They steal the Powers family Rolls Royce for a Vegas elopement, Paula's ex-fiancé puts a bounty on her head, and from then on you can just forget about the plot and watch a zillion cars crash into each other, not to mention a couple of helicopters and an ice-cream truck. In many ways this is a quintessential PG-rated '70s movie: plenty of wholesome fun involving the destruction of public and private property, and every now and then someone says the S word to liven things up. And yes, it is surprisingly satisfying to see a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud get smashed all to hell. The 25th-anniversary special-edition DVD includes interviews with Roger Corman and Ron Howard, audio commentary from Corman and Howard, and a reproduction of the original press pack. --Ali Davis

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opie-Mania!!!! July 3, 2011
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This isn't a great set but interesting because it shows the embryonic stages of a great filmmaker. Ron Howard spent most of his life on film and TV sets. He came from an acting family. He had a burning desire to be a director. At the time he was playing second banana to the Fonzie fad. He approached Roger Corman about his dream and Corman of course was willing to abide...with conditions. He had to first star in "Eat My Dust" which is an OK but not really remarkable car chase flick. About the best you can say about it is his co-star, Christopher Norris, is a real stunner in her white Daisy Dukes and thigh high go-go boots. Corman let Howard direct "Grand Theft Auto" with the prerequisite that he do it on the cheap and he have a couple shots of things blowing up real good. Despite a certain sitcom feel to the enterprise Howard demonstrates a real assuredness behind the camera with crisp storytelling and pacing. He stages a demolition derby sequence at the end of the film that's out of this world. Not classic but goes down smooth like an ice cream cone on a Summer day. Look close for Howard's "Happy Days" director Garry Marshall as a mobster.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Just gotta say, they don't make cheap movies like this anymore! These two Ron Howard vehicles (pun intended) are fun from a bygone era. Grand Theft Auto being my favorite of the two, but Eat My Dust is hilarious also. Shout! has done another fantastic job on these anamorphic widescreen transfers. They don't look the greatest, but this IS the best they have ever looked on home video. Hell, listening to Ron Howard and Roger Corman commentary is worth the price alone! And to see Ron becoming the great director he is today...WOW!
This is truly my favorite double feature that perfectly compliments one another.
This is a two disc set with each movie on a disc with its own special features.
I am so happy to get these drive-in classics in anamorphic widescreen instead of full frame.
Thanks again to Shout! for putting this double feature together as they did.
Enjoy and hang's a fun ride!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome January 21, 2014
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Love these movies, can't believe I found them in a double pack. Can't wait to give them to my brother so we can watch them! Received them quickly and add described as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, unexpected, Ron Howard double feature May 20, 2013
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Both of these movies feature Ron Howard and a lot of car stunts/action, believe it or not. Both movies also come with more extras and details than I expected. There are some cool interviews with Ron, his brother Clint and father Rance (both were in both movies), and Roger Corman. It was really interesting to hear how and why these movies were made and Ron using them as a launching pad for his career as a director.

Both movies are light, fun, and well made. I won't pretend that either one has incredible depth, but that isn't what you're buying a ticket for. Eat My Dust has a lot of fun stunts even though you can tell it was made on a shoestring budget. Grand Theft Auto has a lot of laughs, with some great performances by the uptight fiancee and the increasingly nutty radio DJ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movies January 20, 2014
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Great movies and great acting worth watching over and over again, two movies for the price of one .. Ronnie Howard!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars t's Just what I've been looking for January 10, 2014
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This is a good video for everyone's video library, good for the whole family to enjoy, especially for us older folk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good classic fender smashing movies December 16, 2013
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I love the car chasing crash up movies. I just wish they wouldn't have crashed up the Chargers. Good movies for the era though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eat ron howard's dust August 13, 2013
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just got this movie today had to watch it. It brought back a lot of memories I saw this with my mom when I was 9 years old 1976 (do the math lol) this is a very fun whimsical movie. Ron Howard is a young kid who's dad is the sheriff that is always on his case until one day at a racetrack he finds a very hot blond in very tight hot pants played by Christopher Norris (yes its a woman) who loves speed. After meeting she gets him to steal a very fast stock car for one serious joy ride.

This film is so great in so many ways not just in terms of it being funny but in great car chases and cinematography and the realism in terms of a great small budget film.

Ron Howard has had an amazing life in this industry and it all started here well happy days did help to. what stood out for me was the music during the chase scenes just a simple quartet of banjos violins and mandolin's it's a shame the was no soundtrack but then small budget is small budget and the main man roger corman is the man to make memorable movie's an shoestring budgets.

One of the best things is with all the great car crashes and hill rolls no one gets hurt or killed after all this is straight up fun this movie is definitely for the true 70's car chase crashes it also goes back to the time when wild drivers had a steering wheel in one hand and a can of beer in the other just roaring down the country side.

will watch grand theft auto later but any movie with Ron Howard or roger corman is a win win.
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