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Smokey and the Bandit [HD DVD]
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Get ready to tear up the highway with the Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet - delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours. With Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) hot on his trail and eager to teach him some respect for the law, the Bandit joins forces with good ol' boy, Cledus (Jerry Reed) and runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field). Gear up for huge laughs, pedal-to-the-metal action, and some of the wildest car crashes ever filmed!
It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, Smokey and the Bandit is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies. New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and Smokey is, at the very least (and unlike its sequels), a simple and original pleasure. --Tom Keogh
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Back in the 1970s, movie theaters had no closed-caption (CC). I didn't understand what the dialogue is saying because I am deaf. Now I am happy that this Amazon Prime video has added up with CC that made me understanding. Thanks to Amazon Prime Video. Now, I know why those funny guys who escape from Texas cops. LOL!
RIP Burt Reynolds. You will be missed by great fans including me.
the HD transfer & 5.1 master mix and the extras are exactly the same as the previous 2012 blu-ray
so what makes this new reissue different from the 2012 blu-ray
is the new Documentary THE BANDIT goes for 83min which covers mainly Hal needham as a stunt man
turned Director for smokey and the bandit who also did the Car stunts in the film except for the Football field stunt
which an accident did happen and 2 people were injured, but most of the car scenes Burt was driving
the Doco covers both Hal & burt's relationship from when they met in the early 70's right thru to 1977 when smokey become a big Hit
you have new interviews with Burt reynolds plus archive Burt interviews aswell,
there's also recent interview footage of Hal needham before he passed in 2013 & archive Hal interviews to
there's also interviews with Hal needham's son, there's interviews with Universal producers Mort engelberg & Robert Levy
and Linda McClure who had small acting role in the film
worth watching for sure, it's the first official Doco about Hal & Burt together making smokey and the bandit
tragically Hal needham passed away back in 2013
this 40th anniversary has also been reissued on dvd aswell which has the same contents as the new blu-ray reissue
the only difference is the films picture quality which is only Digital remaster, not HD quality and the sound is only 5.1 Dolby
so up to you, you decide whether to buy the new blu-ray or dvd reissue of the film
5 stars i give for the new blu-ray reissue based on the new Doco THE BANDIT
The special trucker lingo was a minor amusement for a few years, but certain expressions from that era are still used. Most especially, "put the pedal to the metal"
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I can’t say I think this is a great film in any way, but it was a huge financial success and cemented Burt as one of Hollywood’s top assets. At that time he was worth zillions – how sad that we now read he is about to lose it all – he could even end up homeless?
This is just a fun movie. It may be totally ‘cheesy’ but I’m giving it four stars for pure entertainment and hammy comedy value. It’s a simple enough tale but the action comes thick and fast and how people love those car chases don’t they?
In summary, Burt has had a great career; yes, he’s been in some real duffers, but there are a few, like this one, where it’s nice to catch up with him again, and of course, he looks just great. I just wish he'd looked after his money better?
He does what he does best-shows off.
Bo "Bandit" Darville (Reynolds) accepts a, illegal job/bet offer of delivering a truck load of Coors Beer from Texas across the states to Georgia. The job must be completed within 28 hours or he will not pick up the $80,000 payment for his services. Enlisting his buddy Snowman (Reed) to drive the truck, while he acts as a decoy in his Pontiac Trans Am, the Bandit must avoid capture by the Smokey (police). When he stops to pick up runaway bride Carrie (Fields), this makes him the target for one particularly vindictive laws enforcer, Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason), whose son Junior Justice (Henry) is the jilted intended of Carrie.
You sumbitches couldn't close an umbrella!
The best of the "CB Radio" movies, Smokey and the Bandit makes up for what little it has in plot, with unadulterated fun via car pursuits, stunts and wonderfully colourful characters. Essentially one long chase movie, it was a massive box office success on it release, becoming the second biggest earner in 77 behind a certain Space Opera from George Lucas. Cashing in on Burt Reynolds popularity, and the new found interest in CB radio on the highways, film went on to influence similar films and TV shows further down the line. The memory of the poor sequels and the inferior similar films of its type has somewhat led to many people forgetting just what an entertaining movie it is.
There is no way, no way, that you could come from my loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I'm gonna do is punch your momma in the mouth.
Hal Needham uses his knowledge as an ex-stuntman to great effect, setting up a number of inspired sequences that sees cars jumping, crashing or going for a swim! Wisely letting his actors ad-lib where possible, film has a natural flow that's hard to dislike. The chemistry between Reynolds and Fields is warming, due to the fact that it was off screen real, while Gleason steals the movie with a hilarious portray as the manic, cussing and determined Buford. The bumpkin based music is perfectly in keeping with the mood, and the various locations used make for an appealing backdrop to the carnage and speedster thrills.
Not quite as Punk Rock anti-establishment now as it seemed back then, but still utterly delightful courtesy of a damn fine cast and some special motor vehicle mayhem. 8.5/10
Get ready to tear up the highway with the Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet - delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours. With Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) hot on his trail and eager to teach him some respect for the law, the Bandit joins forces with good ol` boy Cledus (Jerry Reed) and runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field). Gear up for huge laughs, pedal-to-the-medal action, and some of the wildest car chases ever filmed.
An all-round fun movie from start to finish, the pictues shows a bit of grain but not to much and the 5.1 Audio is very clear if you can play multi-region dvds this is probably the best version as the UK Blu-Ray has no extras, and is always worth a watch to put you in a good mood.
Loaded Up And Truckin`-The Making Of Smokey And The Bandit 20 Mins (Includes Interview With Burt Reynolds)
Snowman, What`s Your 20?-The Smokey And Bandit CB Tutorial 9 Mins
All-New Digitally Remastered Picture
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 & English DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English* Suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing*, Espanol & Francis
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Movie Running Time 96 Mins
Fazit: Ein toller Roadmovie aus den 70ern wo es noch nicht viele Polizeihubschrauber zur Luftüberwachung der Straße gegeben hat. Die Story ist zwar etwas dünn, macht dafür aber Laune.
Daher für mich eine klare Kaufempfehlung für die die Filme in dieser Art mögen, die aus einer Zeit stammen in der man(n) einer Frau noch sagen konnte, dass sie einen tollen Hintern hat, ohne gleich eine Ohrfeige, oder gar eine Klage an den Hals zu bekommen-:).