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  • Actors: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brittany Murphy, Tracey Walter
  • Directors: Steve Wang
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Simitar Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sept. 1998
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630507982X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,309 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Drive takes the standard American mismatched-buddies action comedy formula and turbo-charges it with furious Hong Kong wirework and martial arts. The result is a three-and-a-half million dollar "B" picture which looks like it cost 10 times more. The perfunctory story crosses Universal Solider (1992) with Rush Hour (1997) as a biologically enhanced Mark Dacascos flees a small army of Hong Kong assassins through California, teaming up with comedian Kadeem Hardison and delivering an almost unbelievable amount of bang per buck. Director Steve Wang stages the action with flair and clarity, the stunts, wirework and fights being exceptionally well-choreographed and shot. With Hardison's patter, two offbeat redneck assassins and a TV show about a frog with Einstein's brain there's abundant surprisingly genial humour, aided by Brittany Murphy's ditzy performance as a Twin Peaks-like teenager with hormones in overdrive. The cyborg aspect simply justifies the superhuman combat, but nevertheless a huge showdown in a retro-space age club is clearly styled after the "Tech Noir" bar sequence in The Terminator (1984), adding motorcycle killersstraight out of Rollerball (1975). Drive captures the rush of Hong Kong action movies yet almost has the feel of a musical, the mayhem replacing song and dance and offering more popcorn entertainment than many a bloated summer blockbuster.

On the DVD: For such a low budget movie the 2.35:1 anamorphically enhanced image puts many far bigger features to shame, being pin-sharp throughout, with strong and accurate colours and minimal grain. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is equally strong, with sound-effects and music both having considerable impact, explosions ripping thorough the room like the latest Arnie shoot 'em up. There is a 47-minute retrospective documentary which is particularly interesting on the way the film was cut and restored for American release--this DVD presenting the director's cut which runs over 16 minutes longer than the US version. Six deleted/extended scenes are presented in a variety of formats, and it's easy to see why they were deleted. Also included are the original theatrical trailer, three photo galleries, cast and crew biographies and interview galleries with director Steve Wang and four of the main stars totalling about 20 minutes of material. The informative commentary track has Wang, Dacascos, Hardison and stunt co-ordinator Koichi Sakamoto revelling in their sheer enthusiasm for the movie and for Hong Kong action in general. --Gary S Dalkin

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2000
Format: DVD
Ever wondered what it would be like if an American movie studio had the common sense to churn out a 'proper' martial-arts flick? By that I DON'T mean the Matrix. Don't get me wrong, the Matrix has a lot going for it in terms of jaw-dropping computer gimmickry, but its fight sequences...? Well, onto Drive we go... Firstly, let's just say that Mark Dacascos's martial arts talents are awesome, easily matching some of Hong Kong's finest, and director Wang captures him superbly at what will probably be his finest hour. This special director's edition, replaces some 16mins of edited footage (mainly more in the way of character definition) along with the original music score by Dave Williams. There's also an absolute feast of other extras including the obligatory theatrical trailer, deleted scenes and a photo gallery. Also worth mentioning is a feature length audio commentary. But it's the film you'll buy it for: Awesome stuff. Dacascos flips and kicks all over the screen like a youthful Jackie Chan. It's incredible that someone with his talents hasn't been discovered by a big movie studio. The action moves at breakneck speed from one scene to another, and it's all punctuated by some excellent humour. A must!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 13 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
I can remember first seeing this film on the T.V. a good few years back. I was presuming it was gonna be another lame attempt by some low budget film makers to try and do a martial arts film - then the first fight started - Oh me lordy, was I wrong.
Mark Dacascos is quite possibly the most underated martial arts actor on the planet - he is amazing, pulling of moves only rivalled by the likes of Donnie Yen. The choreography staged by the Alpha Stunts team is truelly amazing - only the likes of Yuen Wo Ping and Sammo Hung have come up with fights better than these.
Okay, the plot is a little corny, and the whole part with Brittany Murphy as the freaky motel owner seems odd, but Mark and Kadeem Hardison are both good - you can tell there having a laugh when there acting.
Plus, the commentry on the DVD is the funniest I've ever heard - most commentry detracts from the film and is, well, boring. But the leads, Steve Wang and the guy who did the fights (forgot his name, innit) are a right laugh.
Anyway, if your into top quality martial arts action, buy this film, cos there aint many others out there this good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "matt-kinney" on 20 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
I'm not going bang on about what plot the is, as I'm sure other reviews have layed that out by now...I'm just going to say why this film is a must see movie; that people should have no hesitation in !
Mark Dacascos (Toby Wong) and Kadeem Hardison (Malik) are very likeable in the main roles. Dacascos might not be a great thespian (but were you expecting him to be) but he has alot more charm than Seagull or Van Dumb and the main thing is that he is damn good at doing the marshall arts he has mainly been employed for in this role. Kadeem Hardison, could have been irritating in the 'Chris Tucker' style role but he won me over, his often ad-libbed banter his hit and miss, but hits the mark most of the time, has good chemistry with Dacascos and is funniest in his scenes playing off Brittany Murphy. Aah yes Brittany Murphy (Deliverence..great name, great character)who is adorably eccentric as the over-sexed teenage hotelier, who gets caught up in the action .I've noticed not everyone appreciates her fantastic performance (each to their own I guess) but her effervescent turn is one of the major factors that add's to a likeable quirkiness normally lacking in these sort of action films. Thankfully there are enough people here, who appreciate a great young, up and coming actress when they see one (lets hope she gets the deserved break out year her career deserves,which could very well be coming sooner, rather than later)
Likewise that Walter the Einstein Frog programme playing in the background is an inspired bit of sillyness, but the comedy hits the roof with the two hilarious redneck assasins employed to track down Toby Wong. John Pyper Ferguson really delivers the goods with some pin-sharp one liners (e.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on 5 Nov. 2000
Format: DVD
Made before 'The Matrix' and 'Rush Hour', but delayed upon release, 'Drive' is a film you may have heard little about. Drive features a light-weight plot about a bionically enhanced martial artist, Toby Wong. On the run from a powerful bionics company, Wong kidnaps a down-and-out song-writer, and plans to drive across America to meet a company who will provide sanction from the team of assasins sent to retrieve his little biologically enhancing gadget. But the story takes back-seat, and what you get are a series of utterly stunning fight scenes which get better and longer as the film progresses. And while the plot is side-lined, the characters shine. A lot of the character moments are improvised by the exceptional actors, who clearly have a whale of a time in their roles. In any other film, the two main nasty's, Madison and Hedge-hog would clearly outshine the good guys. But Dracascos and Hardison have such fantastic chemistry, it makes the moments between those stunning fight scenes as much a joy to watch as the superbly inventive bone-crunching, gun-slinging, knock-down-drag-out brawls. A special mention goes to Brittany Murphy as the giggly, dappy, playful hotellier, who could so easily have been irritating, but is a perfect addition to the fun tone of the film. jeez, I havn't even mentioned the brilliant extras...oh well, you'll be able to check em out for yourself when you BUY THIS FILM! Forget Rush-hour, forget the Matrix, forget Romeo must die. Just Drive. Well worth repeated viewings, it's fun, it's touching, and it sports some of the best fight scenes ever. Just make sure you get the 'Director's cut'.
Reviewed by: The Holographic Scott James
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