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Walter Hill's The Driver coming to Blu-Ray June 11th, limited to 3000 copies

  • Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 20:20
  • Written by Martin BIgg

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.

Fast and Furious 6 full-length trailer cranks up the carnage

  • Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 17:30
  • Written by Martin Bigg

Following on from last week's minute long Super Bowl spot, Universal has finally released the first full-length trailer for Fast and Furious 6.

The trailer gives us an extended insight into the so-called plot, and while most of the action shots were already seen before in the Super Bowl spot, we do get to see some extra snippets of the various action set-pieces.

For instance, the trailer confirms that Diesel will be putting his Dodge Charger Daytona through its paces in a London street race, once again performing his trademark car wheelie. Considering Fast Five was almost completely devoid of street racing in its bid to become the automotive equivilant of The Expendables, it's reassuring to see that Fast and FUrious 6 won't completely abandon its racing roots, even if its abundantly clear the series has become a full-blown heist action fest. 

Meanwhile, Fast and Furious 6 looks as if it will crank up the carnage to a car crashing crescendo with a rampaging tank laying waste to a Spanish highway and, despairingly, a vintage Ford Mustang. Sniff.

Excitement has an all-new meaning for car chase fans - is it May 24th yet? 

Mercedes take us behind the scenes of A Good Day to Die Hard

  • Created on Sunday, 27 January 2013 18:00
  • Written by Martin BIgg

Since its inception in 1988, Die Hard has become one of the most quintessential action film series. Along with wise-cracks, explosions, and gun-fights, car chases have also started to become a regular set-piece in the last two films. But they were never quite on this scale.

With just a couple of weeks until its release, A Good Day to Die Hard has become one of our most anticipated car chase films of the Die hardyear, and for good reason: from what we’ve seen, it has the potential to become one of the most gloriously destructive chases in recent memory, featuring a truck ploughing through Moscow destroying a cavalcade of cars in the process. And that’s just from the snippets of footage we’ve seen from trailers. 

The fact it took over 70 days to shoot speaks volumes about the sheer scale of the chase. A behind the scenes video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz gives us a more extensive insight of the audacious chase scene, however, so if you don’t want to spoil some of the scenes we recommend you avoid watching the embedded video. If you’re anything like me, though, you won’t be able to resist marvelling over the carnage on display – it’s certainly left me pumped to watch the scene in-full.

In an act of blatant product placement, Mercedes were only too happy to lend the filmmakers a multitude of their vehicles to be trashed, flipped and blown-up. As such, aside from the antagonist’s DARTZ Kombat MRAP truck, you can expect to see plenty of Mercedes vehicles bombing around throughout the film and in the chase sequence, starting with John McClane commandeering Unimog before swapping it for a G-Class, which had its last central car chase role in The Bourne Supremacy. Meanwhile, John’s son, Jack McClane, will be evading the pursuing truck in a Sprinter van.

We’re pleased to see A Good Day to Die Hard adopt an old-school approach to stuntwork, crashing real cars in real streets with convincingly-congested traffic. Having said that, the climactic stunt, in which the truck topples off a bridge down onto the freeway below striking a moving truck in the process, looks as if it has committed the cardinal sin of using CGI. But, even for Die Hard which revels in its OTT action, attempting such a stunt for real would have been problematic to say the least, so we’ll forgive them. I think we’ll have more than enough awe-inspiring destruction to make up for it, somehow.  

A Good Day to Die Hard will be bulldozing through cinemas on February 14th. We honestly can’t wait to see the destruction unfold. 

First Fast and Furious 6 trailer

  • Created on Monday, 04 February 2013 00:31
  • Written by Star Wars Fanatic

As promised, the Super Bowl provided us with the first look at Fast and Furious 6, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Following on from Fast Five, the action looks more OTT than ever, with what looks like the hijacking of a cargo plane using cars, a rampaging tank obliterating everything in its path on a Spanish highway and a custom-built vehicle that looks like a modern-day equivalent of H.B. Halicki's Slicer from Gone in 60 Seconds 2 sending cars into orbit.

Here’s a reminder of the official synopsis:

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.


Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

Fast and Furious 6 will be roaring into cinemas May 24th.

Fast and Furious star Paul Walker back behind the wheel in Vehicle 19

  • Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:04
  • Written by Martin Bigg

Paul Walker vehicle 19

Fast and Furious star Paul Walker is about to get back behind the wheel in another automotive action film this year alongside Fast and Furious 6 entitled Vehicle 19, an indie thriller directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil.

Walker plays an ex-con who winds up in South Africa in a bid to work things out with his wife and, in typical Hollywood-fashion, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Things start to turn awry during a seemingly innocent ride in a rental car as Walker’s character makes some unsavoury discoveries – namely a gun and a mysterious woman being held captive. You know the rest: it all pans out to be a part of a criminal conspiracy involving corrupt cops, lots of gun fire and, mercifully, lots of car chases against black BMWs.

While the plot sounds like an unoriginal rip-off of THe Transporter, the trailer’s numerous car action scenes look potentially promising. After all, Paul Walker has had plenty of practice when it comes to looking good on camera behind the wheel of a car, and the vast majority of the trailer features just that.

Vehicle 19’s stunt coordinator Cordell McQuee is no stranger to automotive action either, as his stunt credits include Doomsday, Death Race 2 and the upcoming Death Race 3: Inferno. Like the aforementioned Death Race sequels, Vehicle 19 looks to predominately take place in a speeding minivan, so it could become one of the surprise highlights of 2013 for car chase fans.

Vehicle 19 is set for release on February 23rd over in Japan, with other release dates still to be confirmed.

New cars revealed for Fast and Furious 6, trailer coming this Sunday

  • Created on Friday, 01 February 2013 21:19
  • Written by Martin BIgg

The unstoppable Fast and Furious series reaches its sixth instalment this year, which sees the likes of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne the Rock Johnson once again reprise their overtly macho roles in a film that promises to be once again full of testosterone, bulging biceps and gruff voice acting. I still have visions of Vin Diesel eating gravel on set before takes.

Oh, and there’s likely to be a few cars present, too. After all, we all know the only thing that matters in a Fast and Furious film is the cast of cars making loud noises to compensate for everyone's lack of acting ability.

The Fast and the Furious series is therefore the ultimate guilty pleasure for petrolheads, and the sole reason why you and I have queued up in the cinema to see it five successive times for the last decade. And now the series that popularised cinematic street racing, tacky tuned imports and cars with approximately 66 gear shifts is back, and while Fast and Furious 6 probably won’t be an Oscar-crowning cinematic achievement, it should more than satisfy our cravings for races, chases and carnage.

We’ve therefore naturally been pondering exactly which cars will be prominently featured. Thankfully, we’re finally starting to uncover some of the star cars of Fast and Furious 6.

bensopra-nissan-gt-r-from-fast-and-the-furious-6First up is this heavily modified variant of the Nissan GT-R, sporting a bodykit designed by BenSpora and a tuned setup by SP Engineering. And what exactly are the fruits of these modifications, you ask? Well, how about a 3.8 twin-turbo V6 delivering 685 horsepower?

If you ask me, it’s certainly a striking-looking machine that’s earth-shatteringly powerful, but one that’s a tad vulgar and ostentatious. Very fitting for a Fast and Furious film, then. 

Indeed, the Skyline has been a prominent fixture in the Fast and Furious franchise, last seen in the exhilarating night time race in Fast and Furious and also had a starring role in 2Fast2Furious. With this in mind, we’re expecting to see it become the star car of one of the titular characters.


Meanwhile, it looks as if Diesel will once again be tearing round in a macho muscle car. As is tradition, the car in question will be a Dodge Charger, albiet a rather special one: a modified Dodge Charger Daytona. Judging by the fate of Diesel’s previous wheels, however, we’re not expecting to see it survive the film intact, so don’t be surprised if you see it performing areal pirouettes before kissing the concrete. 

DaytonaExpect to see both cars getting a significant workout in the final film, but it’s likely we’ll get a glimpse of their roles in the belated trailer, which is expected to air during something called the Super Bowl this Sunday. Stay tuned.

In other news, we’ve also received the official synopsis for Fast and Furious 6 confirming that it will indeed follow-on from Fast Five, which reads as follows:

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.

Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

Sounds like the perfect premise for smashing up cars to us. We’ll be getting a front seat of the action when Fast and Furious 6 will be races into cinemas May 24th.

 

Death Race 3: Inferno wreaks havoc this January

  • Created on Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:56
  • Written by Martin Bigg

Death Race 3

It just so happens that Fast and Furious 6 won’t be the only racing film out in 2013, as the Death Race series continues in another direct-to-DVD sequel Death Race 3: Inferno, releasing on January 22nd.

Death Race 3: Inferno is a direct sequel to Death Race 2, which was a prequel to the original Death Race starring Jason Stratham, as Luke Goss reprises his role of Frankenstein who is transferred to another prison for one last Death Race in a bid for freedom.

But let’s face it, if you’re watching a Death Race film the chances are the preposterous plot isn’t your main priority – it’s the crashing cars and gruesome fatalities that keeps us coming back for more, and Inferno looks as if it won’t be bucking the trend as you can see in the trailer below.

 

In contrast to the secluded prison environments seen before, Inferno’s prison is set in the open desert landscape of South Africa, so we can expect some more exotic action set-pieces. It will therefore hopefully be a fitting and destructive grand finale to the series that was originally inspired by the cult-classic Death Race 2000.

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