Smokey and the Bandit Pursuit Pack [DVD]

  • SKU: 6165589
  • Release Date: 01/20/2004
  • Rating: PG
  • 4.0 (5)
All three films from the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy -- including Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit 2, and Smokey and the Bandit 3 -- come together on DVD in this special box set. All three films are presented in letterboxed format at their original widescreen aspect ratios and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors -- the first two films at the ratio of 1.85:1, the third in 2.35:1. The audio for all three films in is Dolby Digital Mono; Smokey and the Bandit features its original English-language soundtrack alongside dubbed versions in French and Spanish, while the second and third films appear in English only. The first film includes optional subtitles in Spanish, while the second and third films are subtitled in English and French. All three films include their original theatrical trailer as a bonus, while Smokey and the Bandit also includes production notes and biographies of the key cast and crew members.
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Overall Customer Rating:
4.0
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Recommendations

Synopsis

Smokey and the Bandit
"Smokey," aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a maverick racecar driver, makes an 80,000-dollar bet that he can transport a shipment of Coors beer from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta within 28 hours. It's important to note that in 1977, it was illegal to sell the Coors brand east of the Mississippi River without a permit; if we don't note that, then the plot won't make sense at times. Already in danger of arrest from redneck lawmen like Buford T. Justice, Bandit furthers his chances at a stiff jail term when he offers a ride to Carrie, who hopes to escape her unwanted wedding to Justice's boy. The rest of the film is one long chase; not quite as subtle as a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon, not quite as restrained as a Three Stooges comedy. Universally panned by critics upon its first release, Smokey and the Bandit reportedly pulled in just under $126 million and led to two sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Smokey and the Bandit II
Former stuntman Hal Needham made his directorial debut with the first Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and repeated his success with the sequel, a virtual remake that substituted a live elephant for a truckload of beer. Burt Reynolds returns as law-defying anti-hero Bandit, now a washed-up alcoholic whose girlfriend Carrie (Sally Field) has left him. When a pair of eccentric, wealthy brothers named Big Enos (Pat McCormick) and Little Enos (Paul Williams) approach Bandit with an offer of work, he and trucker pal Cledus (Jerry Reed) jump at the chance. The gig involves transporting an elephant to the Republican National Convention in twenty-four hours. The wrinkle is that the pachyderm is about to give birth -- any minute. Enter "Doc" (Dom DeLuise) a bizarre medical man who joins the team to care for the expectant mother, and Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), who has not forgotten the humiliations that he suffered during Bandit's last "mission." Needham's films were instantly forgettable cocktails of car chases, car crashes, and lowbrow humor. Reynolds and Needham teamed up over a dozen times in various action comedy pictures. Audiences of the late Seventies loved their anti-authority redneck humor and made their early collaborations into box office smashes. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Smokey and the Bandit 3
In this plotless, mindless chase movie, papa Big Enos and son Little Enos (Pat McCormick and Paul Williams) hire Cletus (Jerry Reed) to haul a Jaws-replica shark from Miami to Texas to advertise their new seafood restaurant. There is big money in it for Cletus if he can get to Texas on time. Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) mistakes Cletus for his old nemesis the Bandit (Burt Reynolds, who only appears briefly at the end of the film), postpones his retirement, and with his inept son Junior (Mike Henry) in tow, chases Cletus across the South for a disconnected series of misadventures and bad jokes. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Burt Reynolds
    Burt Reynolds - Bandit
  • Sally Field
    Sally Field - Carrie
  • Jerry Reed
    Jerry Reed - Cledus
  • Jackie Gleason
    Jackie Gleason - Sheriff Buford T. Justice
  • Mike Henry
    Mike Henry - Junior

Overall Customer Rating

4 out of 54.0
5 Reviews
80%of customers recommend this product.

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