The Driver's Seat
Elizabeth Taylor didn't make a whole lot of movies stranger and more misguided than The Driver's Seat (aka Identikit and Psychotic), and this DVD release of the film from Cheezy Flicks doesn't do much to mend the film's reputation. This edition of The Driver's Seat has been transferred to disc in pan-and-scan format in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1; the film was obviously shot in widescreen, and the characters and action frequently drifts off-screen without the image moving to keep up with it, rendering this transfer especially confusing. The source material for this disc appears to have been a VHS video, and the image quality is often harsh and washed out; to look at this disc, one would hardly guess this film had been shot by the legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The audio has been mastered in PCM Stereo (preserving a monophonic sound track), and boasts somewhat higher quality than the image, but not by a great amount. The film is in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles included. Bonus materials include previews of other CheezyFlicks releases and two drive-in intermission spots; most of the extras appear to have been sourced from tapes in visibly worse shape than the feature, and often look smeary and distorted. In short, this is a mediocre DVD release of an undistinguished film, and while one isn't likely to find it looking any better, videophiles will be not be impressed with the quality of this disc.