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Days Of Thunder [1990] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Tom Cruise, Robert Towne
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Gerald R. Molen, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Czech, English, German, Hungarian
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A hotshot stock car racer finds more than fame in the south - love for a neurosurgeon who has a marked disdain for racing.

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This loud and fast 1988 effort by director Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2, Top Gun) has much more style than substance but it does effectively depict the edgy and dangerous world of stock car racing. Tom Cruise plays yet another cocky loner trying to find success and happiness, this time as stock car racer Cole Trickle, a driver with raw talent but no discipline who is desperate for guidance and sponsorship. They both materialise in the visage of world-weary Robert Duvall, who despite his better instincts sees a second chance at victory in the young driver. Featuring supporting roles by Nicole Kidman, as Cruise's physician and love interest, and Randy Quaid, as a bombastic sponsor, and with a screenplay by Robert Towne (Chinatown), Days of Thunder is a slickly packaged entertainment best suited for die-hard Tom Cruise fans and those who want an intense visual experience. --Robert Lane

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug 2000
Format: DVD
Although not as good, Days of Thunder can be seen as Top Gun on wheels. Tom Cruise is his normal self, but a special mention must go to both Robert Duvall as the pit crew chief, and especially Randy Quaid who I thought was fantastic in the role of team owner. For sure, to get maximum enjoyment out of this film you have to be a fan of motorsports, on a good surround sound system, anyone will enjoy the race sequences. In summary Days of Thunder definetly benefits from the transformation to DVD, the sound is excellent and the picture quality very good. An essential purchase for either fans of Tom or NASCAR.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. CLAYTON on 28 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
I love this film, but I feel its been let down by the picture transfer.

The DVD says Widescreen 2.35:1, so I just assumed that meant anamorphic transfer for unsquishing onto a widescreeen TV...

...not so. It's 2.35:1 letterbox inside 4:3. So if you want to fill the screen on a 16:9 TV, you have to Zoom in - which inevitably lowers the picture resolution.

Great film, great soundtrack, but Paramount DVD or whoever manufactured it need to get their act in gear about the picture transfer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Williams on 16 Mar 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The film, whilst basically Top Gun for racing cars, is good, escapist fun. Even after several intervening years, the action still looks good and the story competent enough to hold your attention. There is nothing deep in the film - rookie driver, Tom Cruise, is brilliant but unpolished and needs the guidance of pit team boss Robert Duval to mould him into a race winner (with the inevitable on-off buddy relationship along the way). Then comes disaster with a serious crash (and the intervention of beautiful doctor and love-interest Nicole Kidman) before Cruise has a shot at the title. But will he be able to drive again after the trauma of the crash - erm...what do you think?. Along the way, there is a tough-guy rival who Cruise bonds with whilst having a road race; one of the best sequences in the film. You half expect Cruise to request a fly-by at the end of the film or, at least, shoot down a few Migs. Yes, it's a pretty mindless film but you knew that, right? As for the transfer to blu-ray, it was good but not overwhelming. Too much grain on clear blue skies. Same with the sound; it never really grabs you by the throat, even with all the cars screaming round the track. That said, it's an old film and the quality on blu-ray was far superior to my old DVD. Overall, if you want two hours of escapist fun - this is it; Cruise at his boyish best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Shamelessly intended as Top Gun with cars - so much so that the working title was Top Car - and crippled by a production schedule that saw the film going into production without a finished script and released to such a tight deadline the editing was never properly finished, Days of Thunder is a lot more enjoyable than its reputation implies. Not that it's without its problems, but as summer blockbusters go it delivers what it promises even if it's strictly formulaic stuff. It has the usual Bruckheimer/Simpson overkill, with Cruise making his entry on a motorbike through a filtered haze to the sound of a drum machine in the most laughable clichéd moment of an otherwise good Hans Zimmer score and being shot throughout far more lovingly than his leading lady Nicole Kidman, cast as the kind of brain surgeon who gets involved with her patient that you only find in movies ("God, I hate you for this you son of a bitch, you make me sound like a doctor"). But then, with a hero called Cole Trickle, the kind of name you only find in movies and which sounds like a drunk with a full bladder who couldn't find the outhouse, you're not going to mistake this for a documentary on NASCAR racing even if it does a decent job of filling in some of the background for the benefit of the non-petrolheads in the audience.

At its best it's a throwback to the Howard Hawks school of manly filmmaking - there's even a brief, possibly unintentional nod to The Crowd Roars when our hero races through the smoke of a crashed car - although none of its driven characters are quite as ruthless or fast talking as Hawks would have made them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 5 July 2005
Format: DVD
Replace the jet fighters of Top Gun with NASCAR racing vehicles and hey presto you have a brand new film! When I found out that not only did Tom Cruise star in both films, but they were both directed by Tony Scott, well that really put the icing on the cake!
Seriously though, Days of Thunder is not that bad a film if you're after a few thrilling action sequences, a throwaway storyline and lots of shots of the gorgeous face of Tom Cruise. If you're after anything more then you might just go away slightly disappointed.
As I say the plot doesn't really merit a mention. Rookie Cruise arrives on the scene with lots of talent but no control. Paired up with fatherly Robert Duvall as the car team's chief they argue and fight and eventually come to love and respect each other. Cruise suffers a bad crash and is tended by Nicole Kidman, cue gratuitous love scenes. Cruise recovers to win the final race of the season seeing off his most hated rival and claiming victory. Finish your pop corn and go home.
There are some redeeming features to the film though. Even the most ardent hater of motor sports will find the race scenes somewhat thrilling and very well filmed. Robert Duvall is always good value for money and he makes another well rounded appearance here, and well, you just can't keep Tom Cruise down. The smile, the teeth, the hair, you just gotta like this guy!
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