With car chase staples Bullitt, Vanishing Point and more recently Gone in 60 Seconds making the high definition jump to Blu-Ray, Walter Hill's The Driver, which was a direct influence on the Driver video game series and Nicolas Winding's Drive which many consider to be a spiritual successor, has been on the wishlists of long-time fans.
Thankfully, according to a release schedule by Twilight Time, we can now expect Walter Hill's cult car chase classic to finally arrive on Blu-Ray on June 11th. There is a catch, however: sadly, the release will be limited to just 3000 copies sold exclusively from Screen Archives. Pre-orders are expected to go up around mid-May.
It's disappointing to see such a well-regarded film get a criminally limited release, particularly when you consider some of the pap that is widely available on blu-ray.
In actual fact, this isn't the first blu-ray release of The Drive, either. A Japan-only copy was released last year, but before you get excited, the master transfer was very lackluster. Fortunately, this new edition will not be utilising the same master.
To get a taste of what we can expect from The Driver's HD debut we managed to obtain an HDTV source of the film, although we don't know exactly how closely it will represent the final blu-ray release. We've enclosed a handy DVD v.s. HD comparison above, but you can see some additional HD captures in our gallery for The Driver on our Facebook page.