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directed by John Flynn
USA 1977

 

Rolling Thunder's ex-Vietnam War POW Major Charles Rane (William Devane) returns to a hero's welcome in San Antonio in the early '70s. He's bestowed with a red Cadillac convertible, $2,500 in silver dollars, and accolades from all sides. Soon, however, he discovers that all is not as it seems; his wife strayed with a close friend during his years of confinement. He also finds that he has his own personal POW groupie, Linda; her fascination with him is met with the same shoulder-shrugging blandness that he shows toward everything else in what's left of his life. One day Rane comes home to find a houseful of assorted Texas white trash demanding his small fortune in silver dollars. Their efforts to beat him into revealing the location of the money are for naught, so they jam his right hand down a garbage disposal instead. When his wife and kid come home, the two gladly give up the money but the robbers cold-bloodedly gun them down anyway. Flash-forward: Rane has himself fitted with a hook prosthesis (which he sharpens on a grinder), cuts down a couple of shotguns, and points the scarlet Caddy land yacht south towards Nuevo Laredo, bent on revenge.

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Theatrical Release: 14 October 1977 (New York)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:36
Video

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (0:30)

DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Comments

1970's brought it a number of revenge thrillers like Walking Tall (1973) and Death Wish (1974). One of the better ones is Rolling Thunder (1977), released for the first time in US on DVD in January as part of MGM's made-on-demand service. The film was available on DVD previously in Spain, but we didn't have a chance to pick it up to compare to this version. The film stars underrated William Devane and also features Tommy Lee Jones in one of his early roles.

Despite the disclaimer about the best available source materials being used, the interlaced anamorphically enhanced transfer is excellent quality on this single-layered disc. The aspect ratio is presented at 1.82:1 with black border on 3 sides (left side is an exception). Some scenes are overly dark, but the colors are good and grain is visible without being distracting. The mono English soundtrack is in very good shape as well, although I had to increase volume from now and then during quiet dialogue scenes. Like any other MOD disc, there is no subtitles provided, but we get a 30-second letterboxed trailer. A recommended release, especially for any fan of 1970's cinema.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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