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Eat My Dust – Supercharged Edition (1976/Roger Corman/Disney)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+



In the midst of the bandit/chase cycle, Roger Corman landed one of his biggest hits with Charles B. Griffith’s entry Eat My Dust, but beside more cars being smashed, it had the novelty of Ron Howard being a bad boy after the successive hit TV series The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days (in the middle of its hit run) and the result was one of the few films that had commercial appeal and even some family appeal.


With that said, it is a fun companion piece with Grand Theft Auto, reviewed elsewhere on this site, but this one is holds up well and has both amusing and unamusing moments.  Some of Howard’s relatives co-star, as well as Dave Madden, but the other stars are the automobiles getting smashed throughout among other things.  Yes, this could be called “Grindhouse lite” and even the trailer is a hoot.  That is why it is worth a look.


The 1.33 X 1 image is not bad, but it is obvious that this is not a new transfer, but is passable despite detail and depth limits.  Colors look good, but I will be very curious to see this one on Blu-ray to see what might be missing versus the age of the film and film print.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 upgrade also shows its age from the original theatrical monophonic sound, but is good enough to hear just about everything.  Extras include the original trailer and making of featurette How To Crash On A Dime.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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