Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

📅13 January 2017, 01:13

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: H.B. Halicki
Starring: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda
Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed “Eleanor”, in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away.

1974’s Gone in 60 Seconds is a movie that has a lot of fans out there and has influenced a lot of directors. It doesn’t take long into the movie to see a shot that Quentin Tarantino himself would later use in Kill Bill. And really there is a lot to be impressed with in the movie. H.B. Halicki both stars and directs in this one and those are just naming a few hats he wore during the making of the movie. His character here leads a double life as does his whole team. They have a front job but really what they are best at is stealing cars. They get the assignment to steal 48 cards for a drug lord and everything goes well up until we get a certain car and that is where the real thrills, chills, and drama of the movie starts. This do-it-yourself favorite packs a bit of a punch. A lot of the people H.B. Halicki knew plays roles and a lot of extras you see while watching just so happened to be there and not even know they were in a movie. I can easily see why people appreciate the movie when you think of how self-made it was. Also, you can’t deny how cool it is to see cars and what gets done with them.

The movie hypes up a chase scene that goes around 40 minutes. That is the bread and butter of the film in general. That is where the cool factor of the film comes into play. Outside of that, we have some amusing moments seeing this team steal car and we have a whole lot of voice overs. That is a common thing here as well. We see a lot of scenes where the dialogue is spoken over it. This might have to do with the fact that they apparently didn’t really have a script with the movie and just had key points to hit. Regardless, the movie is a favorite and is a welcomed edition on Blu-ray here from Mill Creek. It even comes with an intro from H.B. Halicki’s wife and some other stuff such as interviews and footage. It doesn’t, however, pack and footage from part 2 that was never finished due to the death of H.B. Halicki from performing a stunt. The transfer here looks fine, but I would say some of it seems a little on the too dark side but I can’t complain about anything else other than that. All in all, it is a solid movie and a solid release from Mill Creek.

Extras

– Original Trailer
– Rare Footage
– Ride inside Eleanor as she goes through her paces
– The “boys” on a joyride
– Interviews with Lee Iacocca, Parnelli Jones, J.C. Agajanian Jr. and Bobby Ore

Quality of Transfer: 85%

 

 

 

 

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