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Dead End Drive-In
     

Dead End Drive-In

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Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Cast: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford

 

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Anchor Bay delivers yet another surprisingly generous edition of a forgotten flick with this DVD of Dead End Drive-In. The video transfer restores Paul Murphy's gorgeous, color-drenched cinematography to the full glory of its original 2.35:1 widescreen dimensions and, in the process, reveals how stunningly well-composed the visuals are. The audio utilizes a

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Anchor Bay delivers yet another surprisingly generous edition of a forgotten flick with this DVD of Dead End Drive-In. The video transfer restores Paul Murphy's gorgeous, color-drenched cinematography to the full glory of its original 2.35:1 widescreen dimensions and, in the process, reveals how stunningly well-composed the visuals are. The audio utilizes a Dolby Surround 2.0 mix that delivers the sound effects and Frank Strangio's kitschy synth-rock score with plenty of punch. The disc is rounded out by a nice little complement of extras, beginning with a commentary from director Brian Trenchard-Smith. It's a little dry and dull in spots, but Trenchard-Smith has a likeable, self-deprecating approach to his work and is quick to point areas which he would have improved. There is also a punchy American trailer for the film and a solid gallery of posters and stills. All in all, this is a nice package, especially when one considers that it is being sold at a budget-line price.

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This late-comer to the post-apocalyptic genre kick-started by The Road Warrior is a lively and surprisingly intelligent outing. Dead End Drive-In succeeds where many Mad Max imitators fail because its story is as interesting as its action. In fact, the action often takes a backseat to Peter Smalley's inspired script, which suffuses its dark vision of the future with plenty of dark humor, intriguingly eccentric characters, and amusing satirical digs at racism, the dole, and the vapid elements of youth culture. It also presents an unconventional lead in Jimmy "Crabs" Rossini; instead of the usual square-jawed hero, this lead character is a scrawny naïf who must grow into the role of hero. Ned Manning brings the right amount of charm and humor to the role, and his work is supported nicely by both Natalie McCurry's amusing work as a sweet but rather dim love interest and Peter Whitford's cynical turn as the weary "warden" of the drive-in. Dead End Drive-In's appeal is sealed by some smooth work behind the camera; exploitation vet Brian Trenchard-Smith gives the film a slick pace punctuated by some exciting action set pieces, and Paul Murphy's stunning photography gives the film an eye-popping visual style that is best described as "neon comic book." All in all, Dead End Drive-In is a fun exploitation quickie that stands apart from the post-apocalyptic pack thanks to its combination of smarts and thrills.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0013131218596
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Brian Trenchard-Smith; Theatrical trailer; Poster and still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ned Manning Crabs
Natalie McCurry Carmen
Peter Whitford Thompson
Brett Climo Don
Ollie Hall Frank
Sandy Lillingston Beth
Lyn Collingwood Fay
Nikki McWatters Shirl
Melissa Davis Narelle
Margi di Ferranti Jill
David Gibson Dave
Bill Lyal Cop at Drive-In
Gandhi MacIntyre Indian
John Patterson 1st Punk
Garry Weston Cop at Drive-In
Elspeth Ballantyne Mrs. Pascoe
Alfred Bell Geordie
Terry Camilleri Lofty
Max Cullen The pensioner
Murray Fahey Mickey
Bernadette Foster Momma
John Frawley Sir Oswald
John Godden Ockie
David Jones TV newsreader
Alan McQueen 2nd Cop at Accident
Brian Moore Oil Company man
Graham Rouse Bellamy
Jeremy Shadlow Jeff
Ron Sinclair News reporter
Desiree Smith Tracey
Ken Snodgrass 1st Cop at Accident
George Spartels Con
John Thompson Snitch
Wilbur Wilde Hazza

Technical Credits
Brian Trenchard-Smith Director
Lawrence Eastwood Production Designer
Anthony James Costumes/Costume Designer
Lloyd James Makeup
Alan Lake Editor
Nicholas McCallum Art Director
Paul Murphy Cinematographer
Guy Norris Stunts
Damien Parer Producer
Peter Smalley Screenwriter
Lee Smith Editor
Frank Strangio Score Composer
Tony Szeto Stunts
Andrew Williams Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:35]
2. Into the Future [4:11]
3. Cowboys and Salvagers [5:37]
4. Let's Go to the Drive-In [6:19]
5. A Loss of Wheels [5:39]
6. Catch-22 [4:48]
7. Neighbors [4:00]
8. The Ladies' Toilet [3:33]
9. No Future [4:27]
10. Needing Friends [3:25]
11. Dead End Kids [7:37]
12. Not Exactly Cricket [3:27]
13. There Goes the Neighborhood [3:59]
14. Working Class Blues [5:00]
15. White Fright [3:33]
16. United Hate [5:16]
17. Run for It [3:41]
18. Love or Freedom [3:13]
19. A Revolution of One [3:57]
20. End Credits [2:25]

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Dead End Drive-In 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it very interesting and amusing that someone came up with this slick, original idea for a story.A boy takes his date to the drive-in for a fun time. he has the choice to pay $10.00 if he is employed, or a lesser price if he's out of work. He chooses to be cheap, lie about his employment statis and sets himself up to be stranded at this futuristic consentration camp which is occupied by the wayword and the depressed.It seems to me the directer wanted to stress how fragile our world became because of the dependency of the almighty buck. Who knows? maybe this movie( way out there as it is )is a statement and maybe we should be carefull about how far we should let our greed go.I recommend this mid-80ish import. A lot of fun as well as some humor as well.