Road Games (1981) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Richard Franklin
Starring: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward
Rated: PG/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid’s game becomes personal … and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns. Director Richard Franklin (Psycho II) packs plenty of Hitchcock-like twists and suspense into this sly shocker that was nominated for four Australian Film Institute Awards and remains one of the most surprising thrillers of the ’80s.
Road Games was a sought after movie that people wanted to hit Blu-ray for years before it finally came out in Australia with Umbrella Entertainment. Now here in the states, we have it thanks to the good folks at Scream Factory as scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis gets a deep cut of hers served up on a Collector’s Edition release. The story is pretty simple at first before it gets a bit more complex. A mean played by Stacy Keach picks up Curtis’ character but pretty soon they are being stalked on the road and things get a bit more complex and just a bit weird as well. The movie has a bad habit of taking things a bit too slow from time to time, but when the cat and mouse game is in full effect that is when the movie is at its best and that is where you find the best moments of this Australian based movie. The acting is good, the tone can be good, and the set is beautiful thanks to the looks of the outback, but things get a bit on the dragging downside more than once.
From a technical side of things, this looks to be the exact same transfer that you would find on that other release. It looks nice for what it is but does seem to be a bit on the rich side of things as far as color and all of that goes. But it does come with some different extras, a few of which are new and that with the overall presentation wins the day for me when it comes to Scream Factory’s Road Games release. Jamie Lee Curtis gets a lot of praise and for good reason, but this one isn’t what I’d call one of her strongest efforts. I would, however, call it one of her more unique and different movies. If you are a fanboy of her you will want to see this, but don’t expect it to blow you away. I think the hype is more than the movie can deliver despite being just solid enough.
– NEW Australian Long Haul – An Interview With Actor Stacy Keach
– NEW Audio Commentary With Cinematographer Vincent Monton, Production Coordinator Helen Watts, And Costume Designer Aphrodite Kondos, Moderated By Filmmaker Mark Hartley
– NEW 1980 Script Read With Producer/Director Richard Franklin And Actors Stacy Keach And Marion Edwards
– NEW Composer Brian May Music Demos Accompanied By Stills And Poster Gallery
– Audio Commentary With Producer/Director Richard Franklin
– Kangaroo Hitchcock: The Making Of Road Games – Featuring Interviews With Director Richard Franklin And Actor Stacey Keach
– Extended Interviews From Mark Hartley’s Documentary Not Quite Hollywood Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Stacy Keach, Director Richard Franklin, Stunt Coordinator Grant Page, Screenwriter Everett De Roche, Cinematographer Vincent Monton, And Assistant Director Tom Burstall
– Lecture On The Making Of Road Games With Richard Franklin, Co-producer Barbi Taylor, And Composer Brian May, Introduced By Critic Tom Ryan
– Profile On Richard Franklin (1981)
– Audio Interview With Richard Franklin (2001)
– Audio Interview With Actor Stacy Keach (2016)
– Audio Interview With Stunt Coordinator And Actor Grant Page (2016)
– Gallery Of Stills, Production Shots, Storyboards, Newspaper Reviews, Promotional And Artwork Materials
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 88%