Stone

Stone

Director: Sandy Harbutt

Cast: Billy Green, Ros Spiers, Michael Kent

     
 

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Often hailed by fans of Australian exploitation movies as the best Aussie biker film ever (or as they call them, "bikey" films), Stone has finally been given an authorized video release in the United States in two DVD editions from Severin Films. Along with a deluxe two-disc package, Stone is available in a more modest but still well-rendered single disc

Overview

Often hailed by fans of Australian exploitation movies as the best Aussie biker film ever (or as they call them, "bikey" films), Stone has finally been given an authorized video release in the United States in two DVD editions from Severin Films. Along with a deluxe two-disc package, Stone is available in a more modest but still well-rendered single disc version, which features a widescreen transfer of the film letterboxed at the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The image quality is very good, and while there are some occasional visible flaws in the source materials, most of the time the print used is all but spotless; the picture is sharp and the saturated colors of Graham, Lind's camerawork look great. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the fidelity is fine, sounding as good as the elements are likely to allow. The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. The only bonus item on the single disc edition is Stone's original theatrical trailer; if you're interested in additional goodies, you'll have to buy the two-disc special edition, but at least the less expensive version makes a clean, attractive transfer of a great, hard-to-find movie easily available, and fans of Seventies genre cinema will want this in their collection.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
"Take the trip" indeed. Biker film fans hungering for something a bit different may do well to seek out this satisfying cult-classic from Down Under due to the fact that a bizarre soundtrack and some intoxicating stylistic choices make it one of the most oddball biker flicks ever produced. While the concept of an undercover police officer infiltrating a biker gang was certainly nothing new or original even back in 1974, the fact that Stone director/star Sandy Harbutt allows the action to unfold at a leisurely pace by allowing the viewer to get better acquainted with his unique band of outlaws gives his film an authentic feel and unique energy. As a result, viewers in search of a fast-paced thrill ride along the lines of Mad Max or The Road Warrior are likely to be somewhat disappointed, while viewers more interested in the outlaw lifestyle, attitude, and the thrill of riding the open road are treated to a hard-edged action thriller that embodies the unique code of ethics practiced by it's dirt-crusted protagonists. While at first headliner Ken Shorter seems too much of a pretty-boy milquetoast to ride with the scraggly-bearded big boys of the Grave Digger motorcycle club, he definitely delivers the goods when the situation calls for action. As the Grave Digger's head honcho Undertaker, director/star Harbutt personifies the one-percenter lifestyle by portraying his character as the kind of leader capable of eliciting undying devotion from his loyal followers, all of whom know that they're in for a vicious stomping should they violate his rigid code. Mad Max heavy Hugh Keays-Byrne makes a big impression as the acid-eating biker who holds a crucial piece of the puzzle and toys with a few unsuspecting yuppies when they wander into the Grave Digger's regular bar, and a hazy scene in which the bikers reflect on how they all came together indicates that Harbutt was more interested in exploring the motorcycle club lifestyle than churning out a quickie exploitation flick. Even so, Stone still manages to deliver some brutal thrills that continue to shock over thirty-years after the fact.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0891635001506
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Severin
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
30,677

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Green Actor
Ros Spiers Actor
Michael Kent Actor
Tony Allyn Birdman
David Bracks Boots
Keryck Barnes Dr. Townes
James H. Bowles Stinkfinger
Jane Gilling Euridyce
Dewey Hungerford Septic
John Ifkovitch Zonk
Lex Mitchell Ballini
Ros Talamini Sunshine
Rhod Walker Chairman
Owen Weingott Adler
Bindi Williams Captain Midnight
Julie Edwards Karma
Reg Evans Solicitor
Deborah Foreman Bud
Drew Forsythe Fred
David Hart Actor
Peter King Ferret
Harry Lawrence Caretaker
Garry McDonald Mechanic
Anne Mitchell Actor
Herbert Nelson Actor
Max Palmer Actor
Michael Robinson Pinball
Pat Rooney Actor
Ron Ross Biggie
Patrick Ward Alistair
Ken Shorter Stone
Sandy Harbutt Undertaker
Hugh Keays-Byrne Toad
Roger Ward Hooks
Vince Gil Dr. Death
Slim de Grey Hannigan
Ray Bennett Larsen
Bill Hunter Barman
Helen Morse Amanda
Rebecca Gilling Vanessa
Sue Lloyd Tart
Victoria Anoux Flossie

Technical Credits
Sandy Harbutt Director,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Ian Barry Editor
Billy Green Score Composer
David Hannay Executive Producer
Graham Lind Cinematographer
Tim Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Martin Stunts
Helen Morse Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Robinson Screenwriter
Tim Storrier Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stone
1. Witness to an Assassination [6:38]
2. Main Titles / Sudden Deaths [4:32]
3. Biker Funeral [6:32]
4. "Here Come the Pigs" [3:49]
5. Bar Crawl [4:01]
6. The Proposition [7:06]
7. A Kiss Goodbye [5:05]
8. Inside the Fortress [3:45]
9. Initiation [5:12]
10. Street Race [4:37]
11. Friends & Enemies [6:22]
12. "Give Us a Kiss" [4:26]
13. The Blackhawks [5:14]
14. Breaking Biker Law [3:01]
15. The Story of a Gang [4:25]
16. Early Morning Swim [4:45]
17. A Set-Up [4:14]
18. Cemetery Shoot Out [6:48]
19. Honor & Justice [4:00]
20. End Credits [4:16]

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