The Car (1977) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Elliot Silverstein
Starring: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley
Rated: PG/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Fasten your seatbelts for the terrifying thrill ride that has become a cult classic! The peaceful tranquility of a small Western town is disturbed when a murderous car wreaks havoc by viciously mowing down innocent victims. The new sheriff, Wade Parent (James Brolin, The Amityville Horror), may be the only one who can stop this menace in its tracks. But what Wade Parent doesn’t realize is that the driver of this indestructible vehicle is far more dangerous than any man… because it is driven by pure evil.
I can tell you enough just how much I enjoy watching The Car. This 1977 horror film about a car from hell, does just about everything right you’d want a movie like this to do. Sure, it doesn’t answer all the questions you might have while watching, but it really doesn’t need to. From the moment this one opens up and we see a car without a driver start running over people and doing it with little to no reason. You know you are in for a wild ride. From there, the locals try to figure out what is going on and somewhere along the way the matter becomes personal between one policemen, played by James Brolin, and this car that goes from random attacks to apparently trying to take out everything and everyone he loves. This is a great film and I feel it is horror done right. You can try to figure out what the deal with the car is, but I’m not even sure we need those answers Just taken as is, this movie creeps up on you about as subtle as the car in the movie creeps up on everyone and I think it makes it perhaps one of the most underrated horror classics out there. I understand the new cover of the Blu-ray was done because they couldn’t use the original art, but I really wish they had went full-on with it and made this a Collector’s Edition release, because it deserved one.
I am well aware this movie was made to basically cash in on Jaws and be the car equivalent to sharks, but I think it exceeds that in theory. It might not be everyone’s shared opinion, but if you just take all the movies out there with cars, trucks, dozers, and more things on wheels being the killers, I think this one is the best of the bunch. And, yes, I’d put it above the classic Christine when I am saying that as well. A movie like Christine seems to be more about the style and feel, this one is just a bit more mean spirited and doesn’t waste any time at all. As far as the transfer goes, outside a few spots of grain in the darker scenes and area, this movie looks almost so good you’d think it was filmed yesterday, not in 1977. So, if you are looking for a good transfer, you certainly get that here. If you are just looking for a good horror movie to add to your collection, then that is something else you certainly get from this Scream Factory release. If you like The Car already, then this is a must-own release. If you’ve never seen this movie before, then this is a great time to get introduced to it.
– NEW Mystery Of The Car – An Interview With Producer/Director Elliot Silverstein
– NEW The Navajo Connection – An Interview With Actress Geraldine Keams
– NEW Just Like Riding A Bike – An Interview With Actress Melody Thomas Scott
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spots
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 98%