THE PLOT THUS FAR
The craziest driver in town steals the fastest car in the state, and tears up Puckerbush County!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Brash young hotshot Hoover Niebold does his best to impress Darlene, a lovely lass he’s smitten with. So Hoover decides to take Darlene on a wild joyride in a stolen souped-up hot rod while the inept local police led by Hoover’s crusty father Sheriff Niebold pursue them all over the county. Writer/director Charles B. Griffith relates the slight, but lively and eventful story at a breathless breakneck pace, maintains an engaging lightweight tongue-in-cheek tone throughout, and stages the expected rubber-burning vehicular carnage with tremendous rip-roaring gusto.
The accelerating story is as simple as the outline suggests with a roller coaster-like ride that transcends into a domino effect of chaotic accidents and humorous outcomes. The elastically joyous script is streamlined with extremely witty one-liners and always snappy and colourful characters. Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000) wrote and directed this top-gear feature with a sprightly combination of amazingly smoking action and reckless fun, which does come together to equal quite a speed rush with a nice dose of irony. It never seems to take a back-step, even when it does run out of gas.
The DVD comes with a new interview from Ron Howard and a cleaned-up transfer. However, I’m wondering why nobody bothered to do a HD remaster. There’s also a ton of featurettes and the original trailer. The audio still remains thin, but I guess that was just the way they shot it on set. Mono mixes rarely transfer that well through the ages, so that shouldn’t be a surprise. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!