Maximum Overdrive

Maximum Overdrive

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Director: Stephen King

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

     
 

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Respect. It's a hard thing to come by. Especially for films that are almost universally considered to be cinematic turkeys. But not all turkeys are alike. Some linger in the memory long after the initial shock of viewing, wherein the celluloid beast transforms itself into the arguably coveted shape of a cult film. Writer/director Stephen King's first foray in the…  See more details below

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Respect. It's a hard thing to come by. Especially for films that are almost universally considered to be cinematic turkeys. But not all turkeys are alike. Some linger in the memory long after the initial shock of viewing, wherein the celluloid beast transforms itself into the arguably coveted shape of a cult film. Writer/director Stephen King's first foray in the director's chair indeed lingers in the memory, for better or worse. Considered by many to be not only one of the worst movies of the 1980s but of all time, Maximum Overdrive is given a rather excellent DVD treatment by the folks at Anchor Bay. Though it unfortunately lacks a commentary track by the master of terror himself -- which would have given him ample time to confess his cinematic sins -- the DVD has been beautifully transferred. Both the picture (widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1) and the soundtrack (Dolby Surround 5.1) by hard rock outfit AC/DC are sharp and colorful, and the audio is generally loud. Occasionally the picture seems a tad dark, but the overall presentation is fine. The film is also equipped with a wonderful trailer of a carny-like King hawking his creation to an unsuspecting public. Anchor Bay's efforts may not be enough to resurrect this film in the eyes of its detractors, but it does help bring it a little respect.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
UPC:
0013131138498
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Stephen King bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Estevez Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle Hendershot
Laura Harrington Brett
Yeardley Smith Connie
John Short Curt
Ellen McElduff Wanda/June
J.C. Quinn Duncan
Christopher Murney Camp Loman
Leon Rippy Brad

Technical Credits
Stephen King Director,Screenwriter
Clifford Capone Costumes/Costume Designer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Steve Galich Special Effects
Dean Gates Makeup
Brian Johnson Songwriter
Todd Kasow Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Levin Executive Producer
Evan Lottman Editor
Marlana May Makeup
Roger Miller Songwriter
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Mel Pearl Executive Producer
Giorgio Postiglione Production Designer
Glenn H. Randall Stunts
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Martha Schumacher Producer
Penelope Shaw Editor
Milton Subotsky Co-producer
Angus Young Songwriter
Malcolm Young Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:56]
2. Mayhem [2:16]
3. Dixie Boy Truck Stop [1:44]
4. Bubba Hendershot [2:56]
5. Knife Attack [1:20]
6. Death in the Game Room [1:18]
7. Vending Machine Massacre [1:26]
8. Squashed by the Steamroller [:34]
9. Brett & the Bible Salesman [3:39]
10. Tow-Truck Terror [4:41]
11. Another Load of Joy [3:18]
12. "No Machines Can Be Trusted" [3:35]
13. Blood & Big Rigs [3:47]
14. Surrounded [3:19]
15. Wheels of Destruction [3:19]
16. Running the Gauntlet [3:58]
17. Billy and Brett [5:42]
18. Lights in the Sky [3:07]
19. "We Made You" [4:01]
20. Into the Sweet [5:12]
21. Back From the Dead [4:48]
22. Heavy Artillery [4:04]
23. Wanda Gets Wasted [4:01]
24. Fill 'Er Up! [4:28]
25. Interstellar Housecleaners [4:25]
26. Machinegun Goes Boom [1:42]
27. Destroying Dixie Boy [3:33]
28. Fiery Retribution [1:50]
29. Wrath of the Goblin [2:52]
30. End Credits [2:32]

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