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BMX Bandits [Blu-ray]

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The future Academy Award® winner made her movie debut at 16 years old as the pouffy-haired star of this action/comedy about a cache of stolen walkie-talkies, three BMX-riding friends, and the ruthless bank robbers who will pursue them through every graveyard, shopping mall, construction site and waterpark in New South Wales, Australia. It's a high-flying ride to adventure filled with wild stunts, cool BMX outfits, creepy innuendo, cheezy synth music, an obnoxious fat kid, and gobs of fast & furious fun. John Ley (Mad Max), David Argue (Razorback) and Bryan Marshall (The Long Good Friday) co-star with thrilling cinematography from future Oscar® winner John Seale (The English Patient) in this Down Under 80s cult classic from Ozsploitation master Brian Trenchard-Smith, the legendary director of Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Stunt Rock!

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If We'd Grown Up In Australia,BMX Bandits Would Have Been Our Goonies. --Quentin Tarantino

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, John Ley, David Argue
  • Directors: Brian Trenchard Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GSVXC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Randle Rector on December 22, 2010
Format: DVD
OK, I'm 54 years old and what am I doing watching a movie like this... Remember how as a kid you liked to watch more adult-themed movies so you could fantasize about what it would be like when you grew up? Well, I sometimes watch a film like this so I can fantasize about what it was like when I was a teenager. It's one of my guilty pleasures. The only thing I don't miss is the teenage angst. Fortunately this movie didn't have too much of that, it was just fun.

The BMX sport which later became a craze was just getting started when I was in high school, and it was interesting to watch here. The film is not Oscar material, and some would consider it a hokey teen exploitation movie. Thankfully there wasn't any noticeable bad language or explicit sex. One reviewer said it fits into the "so bad it's good" category. Maybe, but for me anyway it seems a little better than that.

Also, as an American I found it more interesting to watch because it's an Australian-made film. I bought it in a five-movie collection DVD I found in the bargain bin at WalMart, and I wasn't really paying too much attention to who was in it when I popped it in to relax one evening. As I was looking at the girl, I thought, "She looks kind of familiar with her Aussie accent... hey wait...could it be? It's Nicole Kidman!" Her presence made me keep watching to see how she handled her earliest film role.

The criminals in the movie start off as real badasses, with ominous music playing in the background (which later becomes amusing). A couple of them quickly degenerate into "Home Alone" style bad guys ineptly chasing the two dudes and Nicole all over the city (including going down the tubes of a water slide!). The teenagers could now identify them, and had taken the walkie-talkies (remember them?
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I'll leave reviews of the movie to other reviews. My review is about the question of whether or not to upgrade your DVD copy to a Blu-Ray copy. The answer is: YES.

You wouldn't expect an 80s-era, low budget movie to be improved on quality-wise with a Blu-Ray release, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised. They can't work miracles, obviously -- the audio isn't going to pop in a way it never did before -- but the colours in the picture, and the quality of the picture are way beyond what I would have expected for a movie like this.

Obviously, it's not going to look as good as a brand-new release, but it's easily the best transfer of this movie to date.
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Please note that the people here complaining about the poor quality of this movie are NOT talking about this latest release of the film. The new version is in anamorphic widescreen, and is flawless.

I have seen previous versions of the film, and they all had distorted full-screen pictures. That has been corrected, and the movie looks terrific.

As for the movie itself, it is a lot of fun, and seeing Nicole Kidman at 15 is a treat. This is a kids movie that adults will enjoy as much as the young ones will. Highly recommended.
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BMX was just getting big enough for media attention, this came out and was perfect for teens into BMX racing, Didn't hurt to have Nicole K. The movie is very cheesy and the bikes are low end, and the tricks early days tricks. Still just away of reliving the past. Still a rider, and this was timed right for the era it fell in.
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The acting was bad. The stunts were obviously done by doubles. The action was completely unbelievable (I loved the magical off-screen use only tracking and teleportation device in the bad guys car) the story and plot were thin and full of holes.

I loved it.

This is exactly the cheesy flick kids love to veg out on. There's nothing too complicated to comprehend, just one scene poorly connected to the next.

For those of you with the up-tight American "proper" mindset some of the dialog is a little racier than would be allowed in a modern G, maybe PG feature. No real dirty words, just the occasional sexual dialog that just a little over the line for the strong conservative mindset that I'm guessing is completely in the clear for Australia during the early 80's when this was shot. It's not Disney clean, but might be just within Dreamworks clean.
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Brings back memories! Haven't seen it in years! Not the "greatest movie ever" but was great as a kid and one of only a few BMX movies made that I know of. Played flawlessly through my Prime account.
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By margie on March 30, 2013
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I found this movie enjoyable even though it is definitely dated by the stars and the subject. I would watch this again as it is more wholesome then most new movies Hollywood is giving us today. I watch for family oriented movies with a good to great storyline and then sit down for an evening with my grandchildren. We discuss some of the moral issues of old and new. Time to revisit character behavior and reset out children in a new direction in life from all the trash that lurks and comes into our homes through the TV.
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This movie was hysterical when I caught it on cable as a kid. My brother and I watched it hundreds of times.

Nicole Kidman was unknown when it came out. Now that she's a big star, she probably wants it to be forgotten, but I'm glad it isn't.

It's a great kid's action movie. Anyone who's ever been on a BMX bike will love it, and if you have a sense of humor you'll find David Argue absolutely hysterical.

It's a guilty pleasure!
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