Gumball Rally & Cannonball Run 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Was so pleased to find this on Region 2. Don't be put off by it being a Dutch release. Plays as an English film with no subtitles and all the on-screen menus are in English. No extras but with a film this good you don't need 'em! There has been digital re-mastering and it shows. Picture and sound are clearer than ever (with a little inconsistency but that's only to be expected given the films age).
Well worth the price for those of us without Region 1 capability.
There are two main reasons why I like it, firstly I like fast cars, and movies about them.
This illegal race from New York to Longbeach provides the setting for some great road racing. The build up to the start of the race provides suitable background for the characters in the film. And the rules, "There are no rules".
The early morning race start, with the sound of high performance engines reverberating around New York City is just great.
There is a good range of performance cars, and some good footage of them on the roads accross America.
The film wouldn't be complete without an official presence, and the poor policeman who really wants to get these guys, just can't seem to get the right things together at the right time.
The other main reason I like the film is the message it portrays about the "wisdom?" of the blanket 55mph speed limit that had been imposed in the States at the time.
In summary, a great fun car race film.
Very much a comedy in the Smokey and the Bandit guise but more action and far better car chases that sees them racing from downtown New York to the dockside opposite the Queen Mary.
Its so long since ive seen the movie that i cannot remember most of it but the race between Daytona and Cobra was particularly memrobable.
If you have not seen the movie thats not surprising because it has not been televised for atleast six years maybe more,so much so that the only characters i know who were in the movie was Michael Sarazin and Rual Julia
Its a great chase film and wellworth watching,now that it is on dvd.
Also, as it's a double-sided disc, the main feature (Gumball Rally) is the slightly-printed side up.
This disc was bought for a friend so I can't comment on its quality, but everything seems fine.
Upon its release The Gumball Rally would have seemed fresh and exciting, leading off a sub-genre of car race films based on the exploits of auto eccentrics racing coast-to-coast, its impact has been diluted by those that followed it. However, as sure as it isn't as much fun as the most popular of them all, The Cannonball Run, it certainly has the better stunts, better location work and a plethora of better cars. Clearly helmed with love and affection by Charles Bail, film isn't about story (Vis-à-vis Cannonball Run), it's an ode to speedsters and excitement, to freedom and camaraderie, all splendidly package by Bail and his team. A ream of good character actors file in for the roles, with Julia and McIntire particularly standing out, while Bail uses his camera with skill for aerials, close ups and tracking shots to put the viewer right into the heart of the action. The comedy is well placed within the heart of the drama, and crucially those sequences are funny.
An enjoyable speedy romp that never lets its foot off the pedal, The Gumball Rally is essential viewing for car fans and fans of 70s care free abandon. 7.5/10
John Bentley, Liverpool.
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