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Road House

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Patrick Swayze stars in this sexy, "violent tough-guy thriller" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) from the producer of Die Hard and The Matrix. Co-starring Ben Gazzara (The Thomas Crown Affair), Kelly Lynch (Charlie's Angels) and Sam Elliott (We Were Soldiers), Road House delivers no-holds-barred action that pushes the envelope for high-octane thrills! Swayze is Dalton, a legendary bouncer who comes to Jasper, Missouri, for a special purpose: to restore order at the notorious Double Deuce bar. In one spectacular fight after another, Dalton rids the bar of thugs and henchmen. But when he runs afoul of a ruthless crime boss (Gazzara) who controls the town, the stage is set for a blistering showdown that'll leave only one man standing!

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Rowdy Herrington
  • Commentary by Road House fans Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier
  • "What Would Dalton Do?" featurette
  • "On the Road House" featurette
  • Trivia track

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Marshall R. Teague
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: Hilary Henkin, R. Lance Hill
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Steve Perry, Tim Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Road House" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Forget "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's career peaked in this and the similarly underrated "Point Break." It doesn't quite reach the stratospheric heights (or is it depths?) of Arnold Schwarzenegger's deservedly legendary "Commando," but "Road House" is still the stuff of which B-movie legend is made. Starring Swayze as the head bouncer at a rowdy Southern bar called the Double Deuce, "Road House" derives its appeal largely from the ingenious idea of having a bunch of rednecks for villains. You get to see Swayze's Dalton, perhaps the only Mercedes-driving, philosophy-majoring bouncer in history, take on a seemingly endless succession of slack-jawed inbred troglodytes as he tames the Double Deuce and ensures victory for truth, justice, and the American way.
The Double Deuce is one of the those bars where it seems half the patrons are on parole, but that doesn't stop them from throwing fists at the proverbial drop of a hat. I've always believed that bar fights held vast, untapped potential for the action genre, and this movie more than delivers the goods in that department. There are about five solid bar brawls in "Road House," with glass flying around, Dalton employing his martial-arts expertise against dimwitted thugs in tight jeans, and blind guitar whiz Jeff Healey providing some rock-solid background music. Suffice to say, if you're looking for a fair and dignified look at life in the South, you won't find it here. A trip to the Double Deuce promises to be as nasty and brutish as Hobbes's state of nature, and a lot more fun to watch.
And even for those who can think of nothing that beats Patrick Swayze as an action hero, it gets better: they got Sam Elliott, one of America's most underrated actors ever, to play Dalton's long-haired, hard-living friend Wade!
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To avoid any confusion, by rating this movie 5 stars I am NOT suggesting that it is in the same league as GLADIATOR, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (trilogy), GONE WITH THE WIND or any other top-calibre flick. However, this film doesn't try to compete with the likes of top-rated movies, and that's the beauty of it.

The story is based on a top-notch bar bouncer (Patrick Swayze) who is compelled to call in his old mentor (Sam Elliot) for an especially tough project. Instead of just busting heads and throwing hoodlums out of the bar, these guys end up having to save the whole town!

This is a B-movie all the way. In my opinion, it COULD be the greatest B-movie of all time. In short, despite being stupid it is also immensely entertaining. The plot is contrived. There are aspects of it that are way, way beyond being remotely believable. It seems the whole movie was inspired by pushing the envelope on the concept of the bar brawl.

Despite its limited plot, the DVD is surprisingly watchable. I've seen it at least 4 times and it's always fun to re-watch. Patrick Swazye's considerable acting talents are wasted in this farce, but that's OK. The film contains a nice sampling of gratuitous nudity, and Kelly Lynch is not exactly hard on the eyes.

So, if you want to watch a movie with minimum seriousness and maximum action, hang a left into the Roadhouse tonight. You won't be disappointed.
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1. It has the best fight scene by Americans, directed by Americans, in an American movie up until the Matrix (I'm forgiving the Wacowski's for their excellent choreographer, Yuen Woo Ping.)
2. An ex-BOUNCER, Rowdy Herrington, directed this movie. That is why it is so serious, so get over it all you pretentious movie snobs.
3. Yes, next to Die-Hard, this movie was the 2nd most cigarette industry plugged film ever made. But hey, it was set in a bar.
4. Kelly Lynch really is that smart, and powerful to boot. Anyone thinking that her image contributes to teen bulimia/anorexia needs to check their agenda at the door.
5. Music, good music, and people tied to good music. Red-West of the Memphis Mafia, John Doe (Pat) former lead man of the punk band X, and of course the Jeff Healey Band (where are they now?)
6. A Jumping, Spinning, Exploding, and upright landing Mercedes. Two Guns UP!!!
7. The denouement of the final action scene where two bad guys are down and you don't get to see Swayze do it. Then you get a two for one, by knife. Rambo,get a hair-dresser.
8. Marshall Teague (I know this is mentioned elsewhere.) Rarely has a bad guy actually looked better that the lead.
9. Sam Elliot singing along to George Strait. Texans everywhere are grateful.
10. And finally, the IT'S JUST A JOB speech. As much as a degree in philosophy seems so incongruous in an action setting, I worked a maximum security prison for a good long time, all the while in possession of a BFA, and let me tell you, others so degreed worked right along side me. We knew first hand that you had to out-psyche your opponent, and this element in ex-dancer Swayze's character was fitting and welcome.
11. And in the tradition of Spinal Tap, it's just a flick, so lay off the cheese remarks, you art farts.
I can have my Bergman and my Swayze too.
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Format: Blu-ray
There is much discussion elsewhere on this film in terms of plot summary, meaning,value, and acting, so I won't get into that. My reviews and my ratings for all Blu Ray discs are strictly regarding the quality of the transfer from Standard Definition to Blu Ray. Keep in mind that the quality of what you see and hear also depends upon the quality of TV monitor you are using and its accompanying home theater processor and speakers. I have a pretty high end, 7.1 esoteric system and am judging the Blu Ray off of that. My 3 stars are based upon the quality of the Blu Ray and not necessarily the movie itself which, over the years, I find to be a guilty pleasure of sorts and Sam Elliot steals every scene he is in.

VIDEO QUALITY.....
The Blu Ray of Road House that I am reviewing has a red disc container and the wrapper said it was the 25th Anniversary edition. Do not be fooled by this as it is the same as the other BluRay releases. It has not been remastered in any way. Color grading is generally warm throughout the film with a bit of inconsistency in terms of imaging from one scene to another. In many scenes the shots are just beautifully presented and, in others, you can see a hint of grain coupled with a softer focus. I found nothing really distracting other than some of the female actor's 80's hairdos. Damn, they were funny. I saw no dirt or artifacting anywhere but some haloing could be seen around some of the characters in the bar scenes. Average Mbps rates were in the low 20s which further proves to me that no remastering was done. In fact, and I don't know why, I believe that they overdid some of the digital noise compression in some parts of the film which probably accounts for some of the film's softness. Never the less, overall, the film looks pretty decent.
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