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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Cars' or 'Cars That Eat People'')

directed by Peter Weir
Australia 1974

First off, Peter Weir is a director that I really enjoy. I loved Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave and Fearless. I was both keen and apprehensive to view The Cars That Ate Paris from early in his directorial career.  In Paris - a small Australian outback town, the residents strive to keep the town economically viable by causing road wrecks of visitors who pass through. Draped in black humor, some of these unfortunate visitors turn into traffic fatalities. Enjoyable parts of the film are the cast of eccentric characters. It is still quite obvious to see Weir's blossoming style with a strong focus on visual elements. With an underlying theme of how automobiles have risen to such an unusual cultural status in society The Cars That Ate Paris has an uneven plot mix that seems to work on a very deceptive level. This film is definitely not for everyone, but film fans are surely to acquire something unique from this unforgettable film. out of   


Theatrical Release: February 4th, 1974 - Melbourne

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DVD Review: Home Vision Entertainment -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:27:27
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment


Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1
16 X 9 enhanced

DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 19

Edition Details:

• Also featuring Peter Weir’s psycho-thriller, The Plumber (24 Chapters - 1:17:14)
• New digital transfer approved by director Peter Weir, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
Interviews with Peter Wier on The Cars That Ate Paris (11:15) and The Plumber (7:38)
• 1.78:1 aspect ratio
• Monaural Soundtrack

Pretty good anamorphic image quality for "The Cars That Ate Paris" on this DVD. I see a little over abundance of green in it, but it is respectfully sharp, clean and bright. The two Weir interviews and "The Plumber" make this a very keen purchase. Note: The Plumber is not as good a shape as the main feature. I have th feeling that this could have been on the cusp of going up to the Criterion level of the company. I did enjoy the viewing and recommend this disc. out of          

Gary W. Tooze

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