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