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The Driver [DVD] [1978]

Release Date:06/07/2005
Walter Hill's 1978 car chase spectacle Driver zooms to DVD with this release from 20th Century Fox. Including both the full-screen version and an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen version of the film, this release does a fine job at presenting the thrilling chases in all their glory, with the help of a Dolby Digital stereo track and the original mono mix. While there isn't a suped-up sound option, the disc does include an unpublicized alternate beginning, which actually goes a long way to explain a major plot point in the film, making it quite the inclusion in an otherwise lame-duck release. Genre fans will be happy to own this disc, thus filling out an empty void in their collections of tough Walter Hill action classics.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Closed Captioned


    The Driver
    Walter Hill's stripped down neo-noir features a protagonist who makes the laconic boxer of the director's similar Hard Times (1974) seem logorrheic by comparison. The film's tone is set in the opening scene as the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) gloms a V-8 sedan and proceeds to whip through claustrophobic parking garages, narrow alleyways, and sundry other high-risk macadam, as he demonstrates why he's known as the best getaway driver in the business to some potential clients, before giving his vehicle a proper burial. Such plot as there is in this highly abstract film concerns the Driver's cat and mouse game with the Detective (Bruce Dern), an employee of the constabulary of an unnamed city, intent on his arrest. A mysterious and beautiful woman, the Player (Isabelle Adjani), soon appears on the Driver's radar, a perfect match for his taciturnity. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ryan O'Neal
      Ryan O'Neal - The Driver
    • Bruce Dern
      Bruce Dern - The Detective
    • Isabelle Adjani
      Isabelle Adjani - The Player
    • Ronee Blakley
      Ronee Blakley - The Connection
    • Matt Clark
      Matt Clark - Red Plain Clothesman

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