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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Car with Brains and Heart, 2 Jun. 2004
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Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Herbie the Love Bug [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Here you'll find all the theatrical movies about Herbie, the VW bug race car that has a mind of his own.
Up first is "The Love Bug." Released in 1969, it introduces us to Herbie. Jim is a down on his luck race car driver who needs to win. When Herbie follows him home, he begins to find himself winning. But will he turn his back on the car?
"Herbie Rides Again" followed in 1974. With only the car coming back, this time around he's trying to help a widow protect her home from an evil developer who wants to tear it down to build a skyscraper in it's place.
1977 brought us "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo." Herbie is reunited with Jim as they head to France to make a grand come back in the famous Monte Carlo car rally. As if a comeback weren't enough, Herbie has fallen in love with another race car and jewel thieves have hidden a precious diamond in his gas tank.
Finally, "Herbie Goes Bananas" came in 1980. Herbie is traveling south of the border to a race with his new owner when he gets involved with smugglers and a pick pocket. You never know, he might even wind up in a bull fight.
These movies have different levels of fans. As with any franchise, they are uneven with the first being the best. Still, I watched them all as a kid multiple times and they still have a nostalgic charm for me. I was thrilled to add them to my DVD collection.
This set is a bundling of the movies that have previously been released separately, so if you've already bought them, there's no need to get them again. "The Love Bug" gets a fantastic treatment with two discs and plenty of extras. The extras do deal somewhat with the sequels, which is a good thing, because the rest of the movies are movie only versions. "The Love Bug" and "Herbie Rides Again" are wide screen, while the other two are full frame. The picture has plenty of dust and grain to show its age, but it still looks sharp and is plenty watchable. Audio is full surround. While it won't blow you away, it sounds great.
Any fan of Herbie will want to get these movies. No, they aren't brilliant film making, but they are fun escapism. What else do you need?
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5.0 out of 5 stars the complete 4 films herbie collection, 12 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Herbie the Love Bug [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
these films are 100% very good they made me cry every time i watched them herbie his my favourite films of all time
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