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Old 03-09-2006, 07:02 PM   #16
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I borrowed a friend's DVD a while back and loved this movie. I'm pissed I got on the wagon too late since it's now OOP (and ebay is flooded with bootlegs) but I'm another one that's hoping someone will give this a new SE.
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:39 PM   #17
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They show this one all the time on the Sci-Fi channel. In fact, I think it might have even been on last night or the night before.
It was, in glorious pan & scan format. I felt like pulling out the DVD then...
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:57 PM   #18
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This is another one of those movies that I have such fond childhood memories of. Of course, watching it as an adult resulted in a much different experience, but no love was lost.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:27 PM   #19
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I love The Car. Sure, it has some sprinkles of cheese, but overall it's a pretty fine little film in my book. While I'm a big fan of Carpenter's Christine, I always thought the Car was a creepier entity than Christine. The Car just appeared out of nowhere one day, has no backstory, and is actually quite intimidating, whereas Christine had her jealousy, backstory, and was more like a motorized human being.

Perhaps the single best scene in the film is when
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the Car plows through the annoying girlfriend's house and kills her in the "safety" of her own home. It goes a long way in showing what the sinister vehicle is capable of, and how far it'll goes to splatter it's tires with blood.
The red tinted POV shots through it's windshield add to the eerieness factor too.

I'm a sucker for films that take place in desert-like locations, and the film's 2.35:1 photography does a great job of showing off the beautiful landscapes. The Car has plenty of room to roam for isolated victims.

I always liked James Brolin. He's suitably low key in this film, and I like his character's disbelief up to the very end.

Great film!
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:58 PM   #20
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Yeah, that is a great scene, Cujo. I also like the opening where
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the bicyclist is pushed off the bridge into the canyon below.


One funny/embarrassing/cheesy moment happens when
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The Car is leaving the cemetery after the police sirens are heard. That closeup of that woman shaking her fist and screaming, "Cat poo!" Um, yeah, you sure told it, lady.


The Car looked awesome too. Just like evil incarnate. The POV shots through the red tinted windshield were very effective. I wonder which one would win in a fight, The Car or Christine? HOOOONK HONK HONK HOOOONK!

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:50 PM   #21
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this movie is cool i got it on vhs not too long ago anchor bay needs to rerelease this on dvd
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:00 AM   #22
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Great flick! It needs to be re-released on dvd!!
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Old 03-10-2006, 04:07 PM   #23
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Always liked this movie. It may be a little chessy but not too much out there considering it made 29 years ago. Not much different from horror films shown back then.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:17 PM   #24
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This was the 1st horror film I remember seeing, it really needs to be re-release on DVD.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:21 PM   #25
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I guess I need to take mine out of its shrinkwrap and finally give it a spin...I'd always kind of heard negative comments about it, so I never bothered watching it. Of course, now that I think about it, the sources of said complaints aren't very much like me in the types of movies they like.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:33 PM   #26
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what are you waiting for, you'll be surprised for a 30 year old film its pretty cool.
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:39 PM   #27
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You know what I find amazing? The Car was never available on any home video format until 1999 when Anchor Bay released it on DVD and VHS. That means if you missed it in the theaters in 1977 you had to wait 22 years before it was available to the public again, unless it aired on television sometime between then. A couple of years or so before Anchor Bay released the film on DVD and VHS (widescreen and pan and scan) in 1999, Roan Group was going to release The Car on LaserDisc with a commentary track by James Brolin and the director, Elliot Silverstein. It never happened. So, prior to 1999, The Car was 100% unavailable in the home video market. There was no VHS, no Beta tape, no LaserDisc, no DVD. By the way, in addition to the DVD being OOP, both VHS tapes (widescreen and pan and scan) are also OOP.


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The new German PAL DVD (Released February 16, 2006) It's 16x9 2.35:1 with an English 2.0 soundtrack. Doesn't look like there are any extras though.
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:08 PM   #28
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The new German PAL DVD (Released February 16, 2006) It's 16x9 2.35:1 with an English 2.0 soundtrack. Doesn't look like there are any extras though.
Glad to hear Germany finally got The Car on DVD in it's OAR. They used to show The Car on German TV in a cropped 1.85:1 version (Which still might be "better" then any full screen incarnation I guess).
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Old 03-11-2006, 08:25 AM   #29
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AH! Lovely bit of 70's nostalgia in this film...It's one of the rare "leaning towards mainstream" horror films from my childhood that I hadn't seen until I bought the DVD when it came out as a blind buy, and was so glad that I did.

You said it Cujo, that really WAS the best scene..when I first saw it I was wishing I could climb into the television and kill her myself.
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The Car is on Netflix streaming.
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