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
RELEASE DATE: 9/20/16
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 96%96%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 89%89%
The Plot Thus Far
THE PRICE OF ADMISSION IS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive In! Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted. With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris only very, very eighties.