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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann [Blu-ray]

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Lyle Swann (Fred Ward) is a champion off-road racer who accidentally gets zapped into a time-travel experiment and sent 100 years into the past! When a gang of brutal bandits steals his motorcycle, Swann must outsmart the local cowboys and submit to the desires of a beautiful outlaw woman (Belinda Bauer). Armed with only his wits and a map from an Exxon station, will Lyle Swann survive the Wild West and get back to his future?


Peter Coyote, L.Q. Jones, Ed Lauter and Richard Masur co-star in this cult film co-written and directed by William Dear (Harry and the Hendersons, Angels in the Outfield) and produced, co-written and scored by Michael Nesmith (Repo Man, Elephant Parts).

Product Details

  • Actors: Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote
  • Directors: William Dear
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, 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: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJXO446
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Curtis G VINE VOICE on March 7, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
UPDATE 5/16/2015: Now that Shout! Factory has released a new, *complete* Blu-ray version of TIMERIDER, my complaints below (and the entire DVD version) are moot. I will leave my review up for historical purposes, as well as to illustrate the already-widely-known differences between Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory. Also, because Amazon commingles the DVD and Blu-ray reviews, despite their being separate entities and deserving of their own listings, I am upping my rating.

ORIGINAL DVD REVIEW: I give the movie 4 stars; the soundtrack 5 stars; and the DVD 2 stars. I wish I had read the Amazon reviews before I picked this DVD up last night--but then, why would I have expected that anything had changed? I've been a fan of TIMERIDER since its theatrical release, so I was very happy to have it on DVD finally, and pleased with the transfer, but the TV/airline-version ending completely BITES. "Okay, here comes the tail rotor...and I can hear Reese screaming...and all those squishy sound effects...but...but...YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!" (Good thing I was home alone.)

The original sequence was a brilliant and memorable piece of film-making that worked by suggestion: it showed everything it needed to without showing...well, everything. But most importantly, it was where the bad guy got his well-deserved comeuppance. How satisfying would the ending of "Die Hard" have been if John McClane had just left Hans Gruber cowering on the floor? Or if, after Luke Skywalker torpedoed the Death Star, the lights just flickered out?

Distributor Anchor Bay claims that the DVD was made from the "only usable negative available." Uh...sure. I find it impossible to believe that Michael "Mr.
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Interesting movie, but I was disappointed that a scene at the end got cut short. This is your basic fish out of water story with a motocross racer, Lyle Swan (played by Fred Ward) gets unknowingly caught in a time travel experiment and launched about 100 years in the past. The general reaction, due to his attire and motorized horse is that he is some kind of devil, but one person he comes across, Porter Reese, a criminal outlaw played by Peter Coyote, sees the potential in owning this amazing contraption for himself. All of this takes place in the southern California desert, and Lyle is unaware of what has happened to him. He thinks he just got lost during a race, and tries to find his way back home. I thought it was interesting that he never really gets clued into the fact that he is 100 years out of time. As I said in the beginning, and I think another reviewer mentions this, that a few critical seconds were cut out of a scene at the end. These few seconds of missing footage include a helicopter, its rear rotor blade, and the main antagonist. I think this part was edited out for a television release and never put back in for the DVD release, which is a real shame. You wouldn't think 3 to 5 seconds of footage could impact a movie as much as it does, but it does here. This is the reason why I am giving the release 3 stars instead of four. Other than that, this was a fun sci-fi/western/action movie.
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By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Don't waste your money on this DVD. (EDIT: This review applies to the original DVD release, NOT the Blu-Ray which I have been told contains the original theatrical cut) The original movie was excellent, but this DVD version has had a crucial scene at the end altered. The scene of the villain's demise is inexplicably replaced by a scene of the villain ducking. If you listen closely, you can still hear the sound of the rotors shredding him, but the visual of his bloody boots is gone. There is therefore no payoff, it's like watching Star Wars and not having the Death Star explode at the end (my apologies if you're one of the 5 people who haven't seen Star Wars and I've just ruined the ending for you).
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Until now, the VHS tape was the only way to see the original (and complete) theatrical ending. The DVD removed a few key seconds from the ending that made one character simply 'disappear' without any rhyme or reason. In the Blu-ray, it's all back. It's only a few missing seconds. But that's all that's needed to make the ending complete.

As for the Blu-ray, it's a good transfer of the full, original theatrical version of this delightfully cheesy science-fiction, Wild West, motorcycle combo movie from the 80s. And if you want more, check out Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
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Very disappointed! This video has been edited to qualify for a PG rating. I noticed at least 2 incidents of bad dubbing for language, plus a key sequence at the end was completely omitted. After watching this version, did you wonder why Peter Coyote's character quit shooting at the helicopter??? Well, that's because in the ORIGINAL version, he came to a bloody end. This version has that sequence edited out completely, leaving you wondering what happened to his character. I REALLY hate edited movies - Ted Turner, are you listening?
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I've had the internet for almost 4 years and I've been searching for this movie on V.H.S. or D.V.D. and here it is, finally !!! Fred Ward is a good actor and I wish he was more known then he is. He plays the part of a dirt bike racer. On his racing circuit, he gets lost somewhere in the desert and accidentally gets transported back in time, to the late 1800's. A research group was conducting a time travel experiment and for reasons of safety and secrecy, they set up the time travel machine out in the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest person. Not knowing what it is, Fred Ward goes over to it on his dirt bike and the moment he pulls up to it, the research group activates it and he gets thrown back in time, about 100 years. I won't tell you the rest, but it's pretty cool and there are some funny moments during the movie as well. Thank God it's being transferred to D.V.D. !!!
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