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"Used Cars" DVD with Commentary


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   MikeM

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Posted February 06 2002 - 11:20 AM

Since the other "Used Cars" thread seems to have been hijacked (Posted Image ), I just wanted to post that I picked up "Used Cars" last night, and wow, what a great DVD.



Ron was right, the picture quality was really poor in certain scenes, which is a shame, but what I really wanted to talk about was the commentary track!



I don't listen to many commentary tracks as of late, but this one with Robert Zemeckis, Kurt Russell, and Bob Gale brings back memories of the great commentary tracks from the Kevin Smith movies. This is definitely one of the better commentary tracks out there, I really recommend it! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Todd Stout

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Posted February 06 2002 - 12:42 PM

Does it mention in the commentary or any of the extras where Used Cars was filmed? I remember visiting my grandparents who live in Mesa, AZ right after that movie had been filmed and my grandfather pointed out one of the lots that they had used. Actually, he pointed out where the lot was sitting before it was torn down (I asuume it was the used car lot). Just trying to refresh my memory... I guess I could just watch the movie since I bought it myself yesterday. Thanks.

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Joel C

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Posted February 06 2002 - 02:32 PM

I just got it too, though I've never seen it. I hope it is more "Back tot he Future" Zemeckis than "Romancing the Stone" Zemekis.
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#4 of 16 OFFLINE   MikeM

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Posted February 06 2002 - 02:44 PM

Todd, yes, in the commentary, they mention that it was filmed in Mesa, AZ. They also mentioned:
They paid local kids in Mesa $15 each to be extras for the final scene with the 250 cars rolling through the desert....the trick to them was that they had to bring their own cars.
Joel, ummm...in my opinion, this is more like Caddyshack flick than anything else on Zemekis' resume. You'll probably either love it or hate it.

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Posted February 06 2002 - 02:46 PM

I haven't seen USED CARS for years, but it was one of my favorites in my HBO days. I wouldn't call it either BTTF or RTS Zemeckis, but a raunchy adult Zemeckis we haven't seen for awhile and I wish would come back! How about USED CARS 2?!!
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#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 06 2002 - 03:00 PM

What do you mean the thread was hijacked?



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#7 of 16 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted February 06 2002 - 03:07 PM

Ron,

I think he means this thread.



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#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Peter Avellino

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Posted February 06 2002 - 03:51 PM

About the location, Bob Gale also comments that much of the area where the climax was filmed has now all been built up with houses. I've always thought that Used Cars fit nicely with I Wanna Hold Your Hand and 1941, of course written by Zemeckis & Gale and featuring many of the same actors. Their skewered tone and humor make them all go together about as well as, hell, I'll say it, some of Preston Sturges' films. The first Back to the Future still retains some of this flavor but it's already starting to drift away by that point. The subject of a Used Cars 2 is actually brought up near the end of the film, but probably not how you'd like it to be. I'll say no more. It's a fun commentary.
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#9 of 16 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted February 06 2002 - 04:05 PM

Ron, basically he's referring to the fact that some of us (me included :b ) turned the thread from a Used Cars DVD thread into an "80's films we'd like to see on DVD" thread. Posted Image



So, about that need for a DVD release of Little Darlings (grin, duck, and run)
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#10 of 16 OFFLINE   Todd Stout

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Posted February 06 2002 - 05:14 PM

Mike and Peter: Thanks for the info. My friend and I must have watched Used Cars on The Z Channel (remember them?) about 10 times back when it first hit cable in the early 1980's. We were both about 10 or 11 (shame on us) at the time so hopefully I enjoy it as much as I did back then.

#11 of 16 OFFLINE   MikeM

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Posted February 06 2002 - 05:30 PM

Ron, as others have pointed out, I meant the latest Used Cars thread.



Oh, and as for why the Used Cars Trailer wasn't included on the DVD, I was told via email from Michael Stradford at Columbia that it had music that they couldn't clear legally, so they couldn't include it.



Again, here's a link to the trailer if anyone is interested.



I too grew up with this movie via HBO, and I absolutely love this DVD. Again, Ron's right, certain scenes, (especially at the start), are oddly blurry, and poor. (Usually these are more of the wide angle shots.)

But many of the scenes look really clear to me, especially the close ups and court room stuff.



It's the best I've seen Used Cars ever. Not sure how the LD matches up.

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Posted February 06 2002 - 05:39 PM

A) I wonder how that music "couldn't" be cleared legally. Seems like they just resist paying the moola...



B) I wonder how IMDB can "clear" the rights...oh my! Posted Image
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Posted February 06 2002 - 09:43 PM

This disc looks amazing compared to seeing it on HBO,VHS or laserdisc. I was surprised at how good it looked.
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Posted February 07 2002 - 05:33 PM

This is one of my all-time guilty pleasure movies. The commentary track is great. Those three guys seem to have a lot of fun doing it and do give out some useful information, espacially about the disguise glasses they couldn't use.
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Posted February 08 2002 - 10:57 AM

I picked it up too!

I laughed more then when I saw it back in the early 80's.

The babe in the blue dress who shows her boobs has to have the best looking boobs in movie history. I'm talking Bo Derek, Phobe Cates, Pam Grier great!

And the 2 scenes the have a poor image you can live with because the price of the dvd is cheap. GODFATHER, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS dvd had poor transfer scenes that made me sell it but not this dvd.Posted Image

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Posted February 10 2002 - 06:35 PM

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God, I loved watching that bit again! Posted Image





I bet that action figure would go for some serious moola on eBay these days...
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