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Watch a Lykan Hypersport leap through a skyscraper in new Fast and Furious 7 trailer

  • Created on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 21:36
  • Written by Martin Bigg

The unstoppable Fast and Furious franchise isn’t exactly known for subtlety. Indeed, you can always a on Fast and Furious trailer to provide preposterous OTT car stunts, and this second spectacular  trailer for Fast and Furious 7, or Furious 7 as it’s simply known in the US, due out in April, is no exception. The seventh instalment may have changed director with at the helm, but this latest look reassures us it hasn’t in any way lost its momentum.

Much of the second theatrical trailer recycles footage we’ve already seen before, but we do get to see a previously unseen standout stunt that makes the tank stunt in Fast and Furious 6, where Vin Diesel morphed into superman, catching his damsel in distress in mid-air after being catapulted by a flipping tank, look positively pedestrian.

Watch with your palm firmly in your face as a W Motors Lykan Hypersport makes a leap of faith out of a high rise skyscraper, before conveniently crash landing into another skyscraper directly opposite. Right on cue, a suited up Diesel leaps out, leaving it to plummet back to earth and probably kill scores of innocent bystanders in the process. Except this is Fast and Furious, so of course no one gets hurt.  

Quite surprising to see a W Motors Lykan Hypersport feature in Fast and Furious. This could well be the Lebanese supercar’s first ever appearance in a film.

Hopefully this hasn’t film’s best stunts, as trailers have a tendency to do. 

The Driver getting UK Blu-Ray release

  • Created on Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:14
  • Written by Martin Bigg

The driver uk blurayLast year, Walter Hill’s car chase classic The Driver made its long-awaited Blu-Ray debut, with a spruced-up transfer that put the dated DVD release to shame.

Unfortunately, very few were able to appreciate it: not only was it a US-only release, but it was limited to just 3000 copies and sold exclusively by Twilight Time. The fact there are still copies available to order suggests it completely slipped under the radar, sadly.

One year later, The Driver is finally getting the wider Blu-Ray release it deserves, as UK distributor Studio Canal will be releasing it in the high-def format on July 14th.

Like the original release, the UK blu-ray of The Driver is somewhat skimpy on extras: you get a trailer, a teaser, a forgettable 3 minute alternative opening and…that’s it. Granted, the US release didn’t contain much else, but you did at least get a supplementary booklet containing additional art and background information on the film which was a nice touch.

I also can’t help but be disappointed with the generic artwork– compare it to the striking theatrical poster art used for the US Twilight Time packaging, which is far more befitting and faithful to the film:

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Still, it’s been a very long wait, but now UK car chase collectors can finally add The Driver to their cherished blu-ray collection if you don’t fancy shelling out extra to import the limited Twilight Time release.

If you’re one of many who have seen Nicholas Winding’s Drive but have yet to see The Driver, you owe it to yourself to watch it. It’s no secret that The Driver was a primary influence for Winding: both films share similarly muted characters, fantastic film-noir cinematography, and, of course, visceral car chase sequences.

31 Greatest Chase Cars in Movie History

  • Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:11
  • Written by Super User

Every day during the month of August, VaRaces will detail a great car from movie history. This list is in no particular order, but you can be sure that every vehicle that makes the cut has contributed immensly to the entertainment of those us us who love watching cars go fast, crash, jump, slide, and just plain be awesome.

 


 

Day 1

Ford Mustang Mach 1

Gone in Sixty Seconds)

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The original 1974 Gone in Sixty Seconds introduced the world to an ordinary Yellow Ford Mustang Mach 1, code named Eleanor. Eleanor was no different than any of the thousands of other Mach 1 Mustangs on the road at the time. It was just a straight from the factory model of one of the last musclecars of the era. Except this particular Mustang was involved in a near 60 minute long chase scene that still stands as one of the best of all time. Beaten, battered and bruised, Eleanor managed to escape capture time and time again, all while carving out a place in car movie history.

 Come back tomorrow as we turn away from the past and look into the future. 


 

Day 2

Ford Falcon XB

Mad Max

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In the future world displayed in Mad Max, the population is sparse and the roads are long vast expanses of asphalt. That's the perfect environment for the supercharged V8 powered Falcon XB that helped launch an iconic series. The Falcon helped Max get revenge on he hardcore roadgangs that terrorized Australia in the original Mad Max, and in the sequel, The Road Warrior, it kept Max alive in a post apocalyptic desert. It's menacing looks and distinct supercharger whine make it one police car you don't want to try to outrun


 

Day 3

Austin Mini Cooper S

The Italian Job

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One car proved that it doesn't always take loads of horsepower to create a great chase. The Austin Mini Coopers that dominated the Italian Job took chases to places where no one expected. Through back alleys, down stairs, and even into restaurants. Their small size , legendary durability, and impossibly nimble handling allowed for stunts that amazed audiences and propelled the Mini Cooper into movie history.


 

Day 4

Cadillac CTS

The Matrix: Reloaded

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The Matrix Reloaded is a film lauded for its digital effects, but one segment of the movie stands out because of the lack of CGI, the car chase starring the Cadillac CTS. The Caddy barrels through the freeway in a scene that forces the car to display its speed, agility, and ability to take a lot of punishment. It's bashed from all sides, riddled with machine gun fire, and even stomped on. The action takes place outside, on top of, and inside the CTS as it dances around traffic at break-neck speeds.

 


 

Day 5

Ford Crown Victoria

(Various)

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Every story has it's unsung heroes doing the grunt work, and in many car chases, that task falls to the Ford Crown Victoria. Sometimes it's helping the FBI hunt down a fugitive, or a Taxi aiding in the escape of the hero. But most of the time it takes the form of the police cars who's ultimate fate is crashing, flipping, or spinning out of control. The Crown Vic has been a part of more chase scenes than any other car in history, and for that, it has more than earned it's place on the list.

Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies in tragic car crash

  • Created on Sunday, 01 December 2013 17:04
  • Written by Star Wars Fanatic

Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has been tragically killed in a car crash involving a Porsche Carerra GT, which careered out of control and struck a pole and tree before bursting into flames. Walker was a passenger with former racing driver Roger Road, his friend and co-owner of their racing and performance company Always Evolve. They were attending a car show as part of a charity event to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Both occupants died at the scene.

A statement has been issued confirming his death on Walker's FaceBook page: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW"

Universal Studios also released a statement: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

Walker was best known for his lead role in the Fast and Furious films, starring as ex-cop-turned-street-racer Brian O'Conner in all but one of the six films in the franchise. He was set to star in the seventh installment, which started filming in September and was due for release next July.

He died at age 40, leaving behind a 15 year old daughter named Meadow. VaRaces would like to share our sincere condolences to his and Roger's family and friends during this difficult time.

R.I.P. Paul Walker. Your legacy from the Fast and Furious franchise will continue to live on.

Getaway trailer stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and a Shelby Mustang

  • Created on Thursday, 06 June 2013 21:55
  • Written by Martin Bigg

Little was previously known about Getaway when we first featured it in our 2013 car chase film preview a few months ago, and the pervading silence ever since has done little to quench our thirst for information on the intriguing car-centric thriller.

Today finally sees the first trailer, however, and it’s safe to say that Getaway could well be worth the wait for car chase connoisseurs.  

But before you get excited, no it’s not a remake of Steve McQueen’s The Getaway. Nor is it a film adaptation of the 2002 video game of the same name.

Getaway stars Ethan Hawke who plays Brent, a former racing driver whose wife is kidnapped by ‘The Man’ who communicates instructions via the car radio Eagle Eye-style.

Disney star Selena Gomez also joins the ride in an uncharacteristically feisty role as ‘The Kid’, who initially attempts to hold up Hawke’s character after he attempts to commandeer her prized Mustang. Before long the pair become embroiled in ‘The Man’s plans and join forces in an attempt to thwart the villain and presumably save the day.

Okay, it’s hardly an earth shatteringly original plot by any stretch of the imagination and it has ‘low-rent straight-to-DVD’ written all over it (the fact it’s set in Romania also doesn’t do it any favours), but judging from the trailer Getaway will live up to its title in spades, delivering copious amounts of automotive action.

The true star of the film appears to be the Shelby Mustang GT500 seen predominately throughout the various police chase sequences previewed in the trailer. Factor in some additional track racing scenes and a plethora of high-octane stunts, and Getaway is already proving itself to be one to watch when it’s released on August 30thst.

130 cars were wrecked for Getaway

  • Created on Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:32
  • Written by Martin Bigg

Getaway screeches into cinemas at the end of this month, starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez (really?) and a salivating Shelby Mustang GT500.

A new video featurette gives some insight into the numerous car chase action sequences. While the initial trailer hinted that the director had an appetite for destruction, the featurette reveals that over 130 cars met their demise during the filming of Getaway - the majority of which appear to be crusty Bulgarian police cars, so we won't be shedding too many tears.

 

To put that into perspective, that's a similar car crash count to A Good Day to Die Hard - although all of this wanton destruction was crammed into its 12 minute opening chase sequence alone. 

Thankfully, Getaway's stuntwork was performed for real, too, compared to the majority of films that rely on CGI trickery. That alone has raised our anticipation, and makes us forget about the unimaginative plot and incredulous casting of Disney princess Gomez.

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry & Race with the Devil out now on Blu-Ray

  • Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 18:14
  • Written by Martin Bigg

91W0fEBMgRL. SL1500 Two more cult car chase classics have been given the high-def treatment in a Peter Fonda double feature Blu-Ray featuring Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Race with the Devil

Both films have received a spruced up transfer, but disappointingly still sport a 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

The belated Blu-Ray release of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is particularly welcome, adding itself alongside the likes of Vanishing Point and Gone in 60 Seconds in recently restored car chase films.

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is highly regarded amongst the car chase classics as one of the greatest chase films of the 1970s, following Peter Fonda and his crew of crooks' supermarket robbery and subsequent cross country chase that leads to one of the most unexpected and comically abrupt endings in b-movie history involving a Dodge Charger and a train. 

This month also marks the release of The Driver on blu-ray - albiet in a severely limited supply. 

We've collated a few HD snaps of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry below:

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