White Line Fever (1975) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jonathan Kaplan
Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Kay Lenz, Slim Pickens
Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Returning from a stint in the Air Force, Carrol Jo Hummer borrows money to buy a truck, hoping to make enough money hauling produce to marry Jerri Kane and set up housekeeping. He discovers that the long-haul business is run by racketeers and decides to fight the corrupt forces that control the trucking business.
While it might just look like an action flick on the surface (and it does have some action), White Line Fever is a movie that tells the story of a man struggling to make his bank payments and keep his wife happy. But it also gets dark really quickly. We watch as this guy deals with one thing after another trying to do the right thing and it ends up usually no matter what he tries to do to fight back with someone he loves getting hurt. I don’t think I expected this movie to go in the directions that it goes in. That is probably what makes this one stand out the most and is probably what makes you really remember this movie later on. The late Jan-Michael Vincent comes across as a star here but he isn’t anywhere near a Rambo or a Terminator. He’s very vulnerable and that’s what makes the movie works.
Originally available from Mill Creek in a triple feature Blu-ray, White Line Fever comes to Blu-ray on its own and with the cool VHS-inspired slipcase. I think the transfer looks the same and we don’t have any extras, but I still think it’s cool to have this drama-filled action flick on its own on Blu-ray to display. If you like a movie that can get pretty heavy and make you really get behind the hero, then you’ll want to pick this movie up and watch it if you haven’t seen it before. I think it really is a bit of a hidden gem in some ways and deserves some attention. I hope this release gives it that attention.
Quality of Transfer: 94%