Released by: Mill Creek
Release Date: July 8th, 1974 (Theatrical)
January 3rd, 2017 (Blu-ray)
Region Code: REGION A (locked)
Run Time: 1h 37m
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Video: 1080p (1.85:1 Aspect Ratio)
Maindrian Pace: [Before the famous 40 minute chase scene] I should have read my horoscope this morning.
THE FEATURES ⭐⭐⭐
|This is where Tarantino got the "arriving at the church murder" in Kill Bill Vol. 2|
Denice Halicki, wife of H.B. Halicki, talks about her husband and his passions and the stunts in the film. Please note that this intro is NOT accessible from the menu. If you skip over it like I did, you will have to stop the player and restart the disc.
Trailer (1m 30s, HD)
Interviews (31m 26s, SD)
Featuring Lee Iacocca, Parnelli, Jones, JC Agagani Jr, and Bobby Ore, these interviews cover everything from the inception and production of the Ford Mustang to the stunts and filming. These interviews are worth a watch.
Rare Footage (15m 49s, HD)
Here we get all kinds of footage that didn't make it into the film. We get some first person driving, stunts, a few bits of acting, and some other odds and ends. This footage is mostly soundless and can become kind of slog to get through, although there is some interesting footage peppered throughout.
THE PACKAGING ⭐⭐1/2
Also included is a digital copy of the film redeemable at Mill Creek's website.
The disc is REGION A (locked)
THE PICTURE ⭐⭐⭐1/2
THE SOUND ⭐⭐1/2
THE FILM ⭐⭐⭐
The plot to the film is not important. just as the plot to a martial arts film or a musical are not important. What is important is the cool factor and the car chases and stunts. Gone in 60 Seconds delivers in spades on both accounts. This is a film that doesn't really need a plot because the film is going to be all about the chases and the stunts, but you got to get people through the film and just showing stunts and car crashes isn't going to win the audience over. That would be monotonous. People want to see some type of story even if it is crude.
The chase that takes up the last 40 minutes of the film is amazing. In fact all of the stunts and chases are great, but this one takes the cake and the filmmakers knew it. By the time the final chase starts, the plot of the film is essentially over. Sure, the whole point of the chase is the climax of the film, but do we care about that anymore once we are into the chase? No. We just want to see how H.B. Halicki, the film's star, director, writer, and driver, is going to get away. We are thrown knee deep into this chase and we watch in awe of the stunts and brilliant driving on display here.
Gone in 60 Seconds is not a great film. The "plot" takes up too much time. We have come to this film to watch cars drive fast and hair-raising stunts being performed. Once the film gets going, we don't care anymore about the plot. This may be why the film's sequel, Gone in 60 Seconds 2 is 34 minutes long. Halicki removed the plot and just given us the goods. I haven't seen that one yet, but I am sure that it is just as good as this film. Halicki is a hell of a driver and he is what makes this film what it is: a dance of car stunts and crazy driving.