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The Dukes Of Hazzard – Reunion (1997) + Hazzard In Hollywood (2000): Original Cast Telefilms (Warner DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilms: C-



Before reviving TV shows into usually very bad feature films became common practice, reunion specials or even TV movies were big ratings events for the networks, even if the show originally appeared on a competing network.  Those days are gone for the most part, but later than expected and before the awful recent feature film and its home video-only prequel, Warner Bros. greenlit two Dukes Of Hazzard TV movies with the original casts.


Though original “Boss Hogg” Sorrell Booke was gone, the studio secured Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, James Best, Ben Jones and Rick Hurst for both, while Denver Pyle was available fore the first.  Reunion (1997) has the gang trying to stop q corporation from turning part of their home into an amusement park, while Hazzard In Hollywood (2000) is about succumbing to temptation with singers (including a young Toby Keith) as they get involved with the music industry and Russian Gangsters (?) in a more polished, but phonier romp.


Neither is really that good, but still better than the revivals, which is not saying much.  Bach is no longer wearing her classic shorts, but leather (in the hot weather down there?) riding around on a motorcycle.  Honor Blackman she is not.  This is for fans and completists only.  Otherwise, these have limited energy and those who might like the original show should not set high hopes if they have never seen these before.


The 1.33 X 1 image is soft, even fuzzy, on both transfers, despite being shot on film.  These were likely finished on analog video and it shows.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on both are also flat for their age, with no real surrounds despite what the back of the case says.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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