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Smokey and the Bandit
1977 (1998) - Universal Home Video

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Film Rating: B+
Yee-haw! No one knows how many times I watched this movie as a kid. I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up, until I found out that no real truck driver looks like Burt Reynolds. Still, my fondest memories are of watching this movie with my father. He can still do a wicked Jackie Gleason impression.

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B+/C/B-
It looks great. I don't remember ever seeing it look this good before, actually. The sound is mono, which is pretty standard for a 70s flick. How I'd love to hear this movie remastered though. No real extras, but the production notes were pretty fun to read. I never knew that this film was supposed to be a bomb, but ended up making everyone's career.

Overall Rating: B+
I'd buy this disc in a heartbeat. Sure it's full of cuss words, but I'd show it to my kids. I watched it all the time growing up, and look how I turned out.

Specs and Features

96 mins, PG, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), single-sided, singled-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, production notes, cast and crew bios, theatrical trailer, film-themed menu screens, scene access (16 chapters), languages: English, French & Spanish (DD 2.0 mono), subtitles: English & Spanish, Close Captioned

Bottom line

Can't argue with the Bandit. The disc looks great, sounds good for mono (drat), and has the standard edition Universal extras package. I'm happy.

Todd Doogan

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