Duel - Steelbook Collector's Edition [DVD]
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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, Dutch. Features: Steven Spielberg On Making Duel Steven Spielberg And the Small Screen Richard Matheson: The Writing Of Duel Photograph Gallery Trailer. Fear Is The Driving Force. Steven Spielberg directs this high-velocity thriller about a motorist terrorized by an evil truck. Spielberg's first full-length movie, Duel, helped jumpstart the director's big-screen career, with a gripping, action-packed story hailed by critics as a film that "belongs on the classics shelf reserved for top suspensers" (Daily Variety). Dennis Weaver stars as the traveling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out. praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying "characters" in movie history: a massive, 40-ton truck with sheer menace. A few years later, the action of Spielberg's blockbuster hit Jaws would echo Duel's tale of a lone hero in a heart-stopping fight to the finish against a monstrous, inhuman foe.
This is the TV movie that put Steven Spielberg on the map, shortly before he made The Sugarland Express. Working from a script by Richard Matheson, the film stars Dennis Weaver as a mild-mannered travelling salesman who unintentionally angers the driver of a lorry. Suddenly, the lorry is not only riding his tail but trying to run him off the road. No matter what he does (pulling over, stopping at a diner, calling the cops), he can't get rid of it. Spielberg makes the wise decision of never showing the driver, even as he cranks the voltage on the film's suspense elements. As a result, the lorry itself takes on an air of satanic menace--even a personality of sorts--as it seems to hunt its human prey. Spielberg made a lot out of a little, suggesting just how skilled a storyteller he would become. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Officially listed as ©1972 on print even though this was broadcast originally as a TV Movie in the US on 13 November 1971 on ABC at 8:00PM EST in a 90-minute slot with commercials. Originally a made-for-TV movie, this Spielberg film was re-edited and lengthened for theatrical release in Europe in 1972, at the request of CIC (the distributor). Spielberg shot an additional 16 minutes of footage (bringing the running time up to 90 minutes from the original 74 of the TV version), including a longer title sequence, and a scene showing the killer truck trying to push Dennis Weaver's car under a train at a railroad crossing. Another new scene, where Weaver stops at a gas station and phones his wife, was written by producer George Eckstein to inflate the running time to the requested 90 minutes. This was reportedly done against Spielberg's wishes.Read more ›
David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is a salesman on his way home to his wife. He is driving a long stretch of Californian desert highway when he comes across a filthy Peterbilt petrol tanker spewing fumes out of its exhaust and lumbering slowly, well below the speed limit. Mann tries to past the truck a few times and continue on his journey, but throughout the film the truck plays dangerous cat-and-mouse games with the little red car. The film concludes in a showdown between the two vehicles.
Duel was the second film by Spielberg (he had previously directed TV episodes such as Columbo and Night Gallery) and is adapted by Matheson from his short story which was originally published in Playboy magazine. He would later adapt Peter Benchley's novel, Jaws (1975), which is a similar film to Duel in many ways, especially the main antagonist; instead of a rogue truck there is a rogue shark. This DVD is the Special Edition by Universal Studios and has a running time of 90 minutes; it is Region 1 NTSC USA/CAN and has English Language with French and Spanish subtitles. There is an identical Region 2 PAL version. The extra features include:
*Spielberg on Making Duel
*Spielberg and the Small Screen
*Richard Matheson: The Writing of Duel
*Cast & Filmmakers Bios
*Region 1 has the Red Cover & Region 2 has the Black Cover; A lot of people keep ordering the wrong regions on here, so hopefully this will be of help.
The picture plus sound which is in dts is just awesome, and as a big fan of Spielberg's early films(not so much later) this is a brilliant release by Universal, with some very good bonus features, and its such a shame Universal could not do the same for there so called Anniversary Editions.
The film is for me one of Spielberg's finest movies, which shows what a brilliant career to come, plus this film has a brilliant performance by Dennis Weaver, who in away made this film. This film is just brilliant.
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I love this film so much and its very good movie . I glad that I buy this duel movie on Blu-ray . thank you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A must have in every movie fan,s collection.
Great quality sharpness like this was filmed yesterday.
Stunning film, which on paper seems not to have much to the story.
Lots of analysing as to the deep meanings (if there are any?) in the end you decide!
A classic thriller and first feature from Spielberg.
No need to review the movie,its a classic.
Blu ray wise,well,the film has never looked better. Read more
Great film! I first saw this movie on Betamax. Keeps you gripped, the entire movie. Worth buying!Published 2 months ago by Sheppyboy77
I have never seen this film ( i know, it's 44 years old), but heard so much about it. And as a film nut, I bought it. So glad I did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. G. Hancox