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Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn as Timothy Bottoms, a determined terrorist, begins to turn America’s amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector George Segal attempts to track down the saboteur who as targeted the country’s most popular rollercoaster, and its riders, for senseless destruction. The edge-of-the-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Segal and Bottoms builds to an explosive climax. Co-starring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda, the Jennings Lang production takes viewers on an unforgettable trip filled with sense-shattering twists and hairpin turns.
Special Features Include:
-Includes the original SENSURROUND soundtrack
-Interview with associate producer/writer Tommy Cook (12 minutes)
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The transfer to Blu Ray is really well done and the original aspect ratio is maintained, unlike the DVD. (Perhaps the transfer engineer deserves a letter of commendation.) The audio is Sensurround, I got the Sensurround in a couple radio spots but didn't really hear much during the movie, not a big deal the audio is good but is 3 channel as the film is older.
I have had several version of this movie, starting at VHS, then laserdisc, DVD and now Blu-Ray. There's a particular scene later in the movie where they show some singing mushrooms (that have to take a break so they don't get spore throats, CLASSIC). The text on that sign has always been a hallmark to check quality, that and the brightness of some of the neon lights on the rides. On the VHS the text isn't legible, on the laserdisc with a 35" tube TV it was barely readable, DVD was only slightly better and the Blu-Ray is nearly perfect. The picture has some grain, expected and appreciated that it was left as is and not processed. The picture really does look excellent.
The ding of a star is for extras. There are some sills, posters, some great radio spots and an interview with the writer which is worth watching once. I know extras cost money so I don't fault Shout as this isn't exactly The Godfather but it's worth noting there's not much there (even though that could be expected.)
Really glad I got it and it's a movie you can watch on a Sunday afternoon every year or two so it's worth owning. It's also become really hard to find anywhere, no on TV much and haven't seen it on streaming. I really appreciate Shout putting this out, thanks much!!!
Aside form this, it's a decent film. Actually the best of all the 70's disaster films, but will seem dated for younger viewers. But definitely worth viewing if you went to the Parks back then, or are interested in seeing what the parks use to be like.