Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
Starring: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios

Big Enos and Little Enos have opened a seafood restaurant and want to promote it in their usual fashion. The Bandit is unavailable this time, though, so they enlist Buford. “Trigger” is brought out of mothballs, a large fish is strapped to the roof of the car, and the new Bandit is on his way on another wild cross-country run. But where there is the Bandit, there is Sheriff Buford T. Justice.

This is one that I always found odd, even as a kid watching it for the obvious reasons. The plot is about Buford T. Justice (Yes, the villain in the prior films, now the protagonist) transporting a large stuffed fish from Florida to Texas. And no, that part isn’t a joke. I guess with Burt not really going to be around for this one they just had to go with at least a character from the other films. Apparently the original idea was to have Gleason play two roles, Buford and a new Bandit character. Test audiences hated it so much they re-shot the “Bandit” scenes with Jerry Reed’s character Snowman. The original idea sounds equally questionable, but who knows. It seems there was never any chance Smokey 3 would have been anything but a half-hearted cash-in, even if it does manage to get a laugh or two here and there.

There’s more of chasing cars here but what we had in part one I didn’t found here. The only thing we do have is more erotic parts and here and there even some nudity. But even then, it’s more about the jokes than anything else going on, even plot. Keeping up with the tradition for these releases, we have no extras but the movie does look really good here in HD. What these releases seem to lack in the supplement department, at least they seem to make up for it in more than good fashion in the transfers. But, this movie isn’t anything too good sadly.


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Quality of Transfer: 94%

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