Burt Reynolds' directorial debut, Gator, is a curiously lethargic and dragged out affair that never seems to make its mind up about what tone to take for something that should simply be good dumb fun. A sequel to 1973's White Lightning, it sees Reynolds' good ol' moonshiner blackmailed by Jack Weston's fed into taking down his boyhood pal Jerry Reed, who's now running a local county as a private criminal empire. Unfortunately it takes two hours to do what could have been done much better in a lean 90 minutes, with much of the film feeling like aimless padding. There's no real threat, not much plot and none of the wandering plot strands are ever really developed, just tailing off. The film loosely hangs on three okay but not great scenes - a half-decent (as opposed to completely decent) stop/start motorboat chase in the bayou, a scene where Reynolds is drugged and warned off by Reed and a couple of okay stunts at the end - but they're not strong enough to hold up a film this rambling and self-indulgent that's best recommended only to his die-hard fans. Reynolds certainly made worse, but that doesn't make this any better.
No extras, but unlike the fullframe US NTSC DVD, the UK PAL DVD is at least in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio.