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Duel-style thrills are serves up with a Hitchcockian flair in director Richard Franklins's Road Games, and thankfully Anchor Bay Entertainment has seen fit to include some tantalizing extras on this disc released as part of their lovingly-packaged "Cult Fiction" collection (which also includes such memorable titles as the classic British gangster flick The Long Good Friday and the hit German horror comedy Night of the Living Dorks). The film itself is handsomely presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and ...
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Duel-style thrills are serves up with a Hitchcockian flair in director Richard Franklins's Road Games, and thankfully Anchor Bay Entertainment has seen fit to include some tantalizing extras on this disc released as part of their lovingly-packaged "Cult Fiction" collection (which also includes such memorable titles as the classic British gangster flick The Long Good Friday and the hit German horror comedy Night of the Living Dorks). The film itself is handsomely presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and accompanied by a well-balanced Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack that has been split over two channels. While extras can often be fairly sparse on single-disc editions of such aged films, the folks at Anchor Bay have dug into the archives to offer a commendable selection of extras including a lively commentary track with producer/director Franklin, and an informative twenty-minute "making-of" segment cleverly titled "Kangaroo Hitchcock:" The audio commentary track finds an enthusiastic Franklin fielding a series of smart questions from moderator Perry Martin, while the featurette reveals many fascinating facts about the production. An original theatrical trailer is presented in all of its grainy glory, and image galleries offer everything from promotional art and production photographs to original storyboards. Fans who want to read up on stars Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis or director Franklin can do so thanks to the inclusion of talent bios that also feature extensive filmographies, and for movie-buff who like a good read the original screenplay is included as a DVD-ROM extra.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with producer/director Richard Franklin, moderated by Perry Martin; Kangaroo Hitchcock: The Making of "Road Games" - An all new featurette with producer/director Richard Franklin
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This Hitchcock-influenced thriller has aged quite well thanks to its smart, low-key approach, and remains effective today because it never panders to the viewer. Everett de Roche's clever script replaces the usual sex and violence this kind of scenario might offer with a sly blend of wit and slow-burning suspense. Just as important is the fact that he populates the story's landscape with a variety of unique characters that add plenty of flavor to the story. Said characterizations are further enriched by nice work from the cast, especially Marion Edward as a particularly obnoxious hausfrau and Jamie Lee Curtis' beguiling turn as the witty, mysterious hitchhiker. The film, however, truly belongs to Stacy Keach, who tackles the role of Quid with great energy and charismatic verve, making this memorably offbeat hero one for the record books. Finally, director Richard Franklin assembles all these elements with great precision and creates a number of beautifully crafted set pieces along the way, the most memorable of which are a foot chase that has a totally unexpected ending and a finale that features one of the most unusual car chases ever filmed. All in all, Road Games is a tight little thriller that's well worth a look for any suspense fan in search of something that delivers the goods in an unexpected way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • UPC: 013131584493
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stacy Keach Pat Quid
Jamie Lee Curtis Hitch
Marion Edward Frita Frugal
Grant Page Smith or Jones
Bill Stacey Capt. Careful
Thaddeus Smith Abbott
Alan Hopgood Lester
John Murphy Benny Balls
Robert Thompson Sneezy Rider
Colin Vancao Fred Frugal
Technical Credits
Richard Franklin Director, Producer
Tom Burstall Asst. Director
Everett de Roche Screenwriter
Jon Dowding Production Designer
Aphrodite Kondos Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew London Sound/Sound Designer
Brian May Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward McQueen-Mason Editor
Vincent Monton Cinematographer
Grant Page Stunts
Bernard Schwartz Executive Producer
Barbi Taylor Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cult Fiction: Road Games
1. Tuning Up [6:19]
2. Garbage/Main Titles [4:41]
3. Australian Rhapsody [7:07]
4. Sunny Day [4:52]
5. Dig It [5:48]
6. Law-Abiding Citizens [4:59]
7. Rough Sailing [3:27]
8. The Hitcher [3:56]
9. Pull Over [4:21]
10. Night of the Cumiculae [4:26]
11. Alarmed [6:57]
12. Heroic Resolve [6:30]
13. Starting to Sweat [5:04]
14. On the Road Again [5:29]
15. Degrees of Tomorrow's Bacon [3:32]
16. Scales of Justice [7:18]
17. Eye to Eye [5:38]
18. Narrow Margin [5:06]
19. A Man, a Woman and a Dingo [2:22]
20. End Credits [2:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cult Fiction: Road Games
   Play
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Kangaroo Hitchcock: The Making of "Road Games"
      Commentary
         With Producer/Director Richard Franklin/Moderated By Perry Martin: On
         With Producer/Director Richard Franklin/Moderated By Perry Martin: Off
      Trailer
      Still Galleries
         Poster & Still Gallery
         Original Storyboard Art
      Talent Bios
         Richard Franklin
         Stacy Keach
         Jamie Lee Curtis
      DVD ROM Features
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Scary How Bad It is!

    Road Games is one of the worst horror movies I have ever seen! I generally like horror movies but this one was just really bad despite starring two great actors like Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis!

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