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HTF Review: Duel - Collector's Edition (Highly Recommended!)



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#1 of 70 OFFLINE   Jason Perez

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Posted July 30 2004 - 05:36 PM


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#2 of 70 OFFLINE   Robert Anthony

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Posted July 30 2004 - 06:03 PM

Thanks for the review. That documentary on the movie and on Spielberg's TV works sounds REALLY good. I'm a Spielberg nut anyway, so I'd have probably picked it up even without the extras, but those two seal it. I really hope sometime down the line a collection of Spielberg's TV work is available.

#3 of 70 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted July 30 2004 - 06:29 PM

great price as it will probably be close to $10-$13 when it comes out. any word on if this will be different then the recent recalled disc?
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Posted July 30 2004 - 06:32 PM

I adore this film, and out of all of Spielberg's films, I think this is his best. I can't wait to FINALLY pick this up. Sounds like a swell disc.

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Posted July 30 2004 - 07:14 PM

Great review Jason. I picked up this disc last year (thanks to a very generous HTF member) and I was amazed with the presentation. This is a great disc. Herb.
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Posted July 31 2004 - 01:58 AM

I can't wait to pick this one up! It would be worth it for the movie alone, but the extras sound excellent. It's interesting that you mention the similarity to Jaws; I recently rented Bad Taste, Peter Jackson's first film, which I found to be excruciatingly horrendous, and thought "I don't see any glimmer of the genius that did Lord of the Rings". (Hitchcock is another good example of a director that you can see would become an outstanding film-maker, even in his earliest works.) This is definitely a "must have" for me!

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Posted July 31 2004 - 01:58 AM

Finally, a review with a highly recommended tag! (There's been a few dogs released of late) Count me in as surprised that Universal went the extra mile on this one giving it two audio tracks and taking extra care on the vid presentation. For those who are on the fence... get this DVD. It's an incredibly important film for any collection with a combination of the director, and the 70's genre... there were a whack of these crazed thrillers made and this is the pinnacle. (anyone remember Killdozer?)
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Posted July 31 2004 - 08:15 AM

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Saw this on VHS a few years ago after many years of hearing about it. Really liked it.

Can't wait to pick up this baby.

I kept picturing Harrison Ford doing the Dennis Weaver role today.

Weaver's great though.
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#9 of 70 OFFLINE   Scott Temple

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Posted July 31 2004 - 01:30 PM

It's the exact same disc.
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Posted August 02 2004 - 05:01 AM

I aquired this from a very nice HTF member earlier this year as well. Great disc! And yes there are no changes to this disc vs the recalled one.
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Posted August 02 2004 - 01:33 PM

I remember my uncle telling me (pratically forcing me) to see this flick many years back when it aired on one of the local stations here in L.A.; needless to say, it stuck with me long after that first screening. It'll be a real treat to see this film on DVD and with 5.1 audio to boot. Thanks for this review!

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Posted August 03 2004 - 06:10 AM

So why was it recalled? I don't know of any tie-ins to August 17th. Posted Image

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Posted August 03 2004 - 06:06 PM

Heaven knows, Mister Zimmer.Posted Image I'm just glad it's FINALLY going to be on the market in two weeks. I'm still not sold on Universal being attuned to DVD buyers very well, though.

Does anyone know where in California the desert chase scenes were filmed? I recognize the tunnel from Griffith Park, and I heard that other exteriors near the end were filmed in Soledad Canyon--any help here?

Or will I find out on the DVD?Posted Image

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Posted August 04 2004 - 12:30 AM

This is the most accepted rumor I have seen over the last recall. Back at the time when it was supposed to be released again there was an incident at the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles. A truck crashed into the market. There were some deaths involved in the incident, including the daughter of Dennis Weaver. No one really knows for sure. But considering the nature of the death of the daughter of the lead actor in the film, it makes sense. I would not be surprised if Spielberg himself insisted on the recall.
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Posted August 04 2004 - 01:58 AM

Found this on the Duel message board at Spielbergfilms.com

"From a 10-4 Magazine article:

The entire film was shot in and around Agua Dulce, California, on Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road and Angeles Forest Highway. Many of the landmarks in the movie still exist today, including the famous tunnel, railroad crossing and Chuck’s Café, a place where Dennis Weaver’s character (David Mann) abruptly stops for lunch and a break. The building, unchanged on the outside, still sits on Sierra Highway only now it’s a French restaurant."

I'm trying to keep my excitement in check until I actually have this damn thing in my hands. Posted Image

Great review Jason. Posted Image

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Posted August 04 2004 - 02:11 AM

i had it in my hands yesterday.Posted Image
i couldnt buy it yet though.

anyway it comes in a very nice , shiny slip sleeve.
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Posted August 04 2004 - 09:30 AM


Thanks a million, Brett! Now I can plan my next California road trip. Posted Image My dad kept insisting the railroad crossing was in the old outskirts of Indio, but now I can correct him on that.Posted Image

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Posted August 04 2004 - 12:30 PM

I'd like to know if LA 2017 bears any resemblance to THX 1138, because I've heard rumours that Lucas spotted the "similarities" way back when. Anybody with the DVD able to tell me? Thanks!
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Posted August 04 2004 - 12:38 PM

LA 2017 ?
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Posted August 05 2004 - 02:34 AM

LA 2017, an early Spielberg TV effort.