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Well it's about darn time!,
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This review is from: Rolling Thunder [Double Play - Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)
For many years, this lost cult classic hasn't even had a dvd release (until now), and all I can say is- FINALLY!
I don't see what people are complaining about, for the price (£8), this is a magnificent release. Ok so it's a little light on extras, but it's hardly Taxi Driver (Paul Schrader abandoned his name from the the screenplay, as he wasn't happy that it didn't live up to Taxi Driver standards, but then again, it's a tough thing for ANY film to live up to Taxi Driver's standards).
Instead what we get is a great little exploitation classic, that builds like a pressure cooker until the big finale.
But there is substance too. Devanes Character as a post Vietnam vet shows how cold and emotionally detached he is by his surroundings. His wife marries his best friend, he doesn't care. A beautiful young blonde has the hots for him, he doesn't care. He gets tortured, doesn't care. Charles Rane seems to be some kind of distant cousin to Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, except with Travis, he seemed to think about his surroundings too much but was still shook up by the Vietnam war and those negative thoughts lead to a path of psychosis, with Rane, he simply feels completely numb, barely seems to think or care about anything expect a way to express his underlying thoughts of violence, yet both of them have one thing on their mind only- violence and vengeance at the expense of self destruction.
The extras comprise of an interview with Linda Haynes, a poster gallery, a trailer, and a trailer with a commentary by Eli Roth who is a huge fan of the film (including his new boyfriend Tarantino).
For a long lost exploitation classic that has the best sound and transfer you could probably get from the original print that includes a DVD edition (meaning that if you don't own a blu-ray player, you can still watch it on dvd). So if your a fan of this film, and for only £8 on amazon, we should be more than happy with the price and the fact that it's finally arrived.