DEAD-END DRIVE IN REVIEWED
“Dead-End Drive In” is a heavy-handed allegory. But, it’s directed with a level of Ozploitation class that creates a film that matters. The titular Drive-In is an internment camp where undesirables are left. Initially, it’s just the young and unemployed. Now, it’s anyone that doesn’t fit with the government’s New World Order. For awhile, the factions at the Drive-In turn on each other. But, things change.
That’s when the New World influence on later Aussie films takes it over and it goes full mondo Corman. Things blow up, authority challenged and audiences are entertained. If you’ve never seen the film before, Arrow has got you primed with this release. It also serves as a supplemental material introduction to Brian Trenchard-Smith. Don’t know who that is? Well, you must be 15 and living under a rock. Do yourself a favor, watch the film and then browse through the litany of material on Trenchard Smith.
The early educational film about hospitals was a blast. Smith remains one of Australia’s greatest directing talents and needs to be treated as a legend. Watch the movie, listen to the man’s commentary and then worship him at your leisure.
- Public Information film
- Behind-the-Scenes gallery
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0