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Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films

Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films

Helena Reckitt
Director: Bret Wood Cast: Helena Reckitt
Helena Reckitt
, Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr.
, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Bret Wood

DVD (Black & White)

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Kino on Video presents an engaging look at the Highway Safety Foundation with their packed release of Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films. Packaged here in a special double-disc edition, this set dives into the vast history of Ohio's grassroots company that changed the face of educational safety forever. The film is presented in a 1.33:1 full-screen image for the well-maintained archival footage, with the new interviews being filmed in a 1.85:1 widescreen picture. Extras on the first disc include two trailers and almost 15 minutes of additional outtakes that flesh out more of the human stories from some of the participants. On disc two, the bulk of the extras begin with three of the Foundation's complete driver's ed shorts, including Signal 30, Highways of Agony, and Options to Live. Fourteen excerpts from the Highway Safety Foundation are also provided, along with a clip from Death on the Highway -- a notorious safety film from their main competing company, The Suicide Club (most commonly known for doctoring up traffic accident photos with red paint for a more jarring effect). In the last section, the entire pressbook for the film can be browsed through four segments covering everything from production notes, a historical timeline of the Foundation, a 55-page image gallery, and an interview with the director. By the end, you should probably have had your fill of extreme vintage safety for quite a while. Still, it's a fantastic release whose exhaustiveness on the subject can't be beat (also documented on Fantoma's Educational Archives Vol. 3: Driver's Ed disc), and with people like Something Weird's Mike Vraney and the remaining Foundation members lending a hand, one should expect nothing less.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2003
UPC: 0738329031220
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 68,045

Special Features

Three complete driver's ed shorts: Signal 30 (1959), Highways of Agony (1969), & Options to Live (1979); Excerpts from 15 shocking classroom films, including Mechanized Death (1961), Wheels of Tragedy (1963), Carrier or Killer (1965), Death on the Highway (1965), The Third Killer (1966), & more; 14 minutes of deleted scenes; Two theatrical trailers; Gallery of images and documents; Hell's Highway pressbook

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helena Reckitt Narrator
Sammy Davis Actor
Ronald Reagan Actor

Technical Credits
Bret Wood Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Anderson Cinematographer
Felicia Feaster Producer
Tommy Gibbons Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell's Highway: The True Story of the Highway Safety Films
1. Opening Titles [3:34]
2. Film In the Classroom [8:33]
3. "Teenicide" [3:54]
4. Running Accidents [4:38]
5. "Signal 30" [6:13]
6. Intensifying the Effect [4:15]
7. Aesthetic Issues [6:34]
8. Grim Realities [11:34]
9. A Host of Imitators [4:17]
10. The Foundation [3:57]
11. Police Training Films [6:52]
12. "Camera Surveillance" [2:58]
13. "The Child Molester" [5:12]
14. The Collapse [5:16]
15. Changing Times [13:04]

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