Kino Lorber Region 1 DVD CONVOY (1978) [5 Stars]
Lorber is giving Convoy its long over due U.S. re-release for the first
time in 26 years with bonus features worthy of this lost classic".
- Positives: For the FIRST TIME EVER in both DVD and Blu-Ray the FULL UNCUT
version of the classic 1978 movie based on the 1976 #1 hit song by C.W. McCall.
Includes of lots bonus features that are available in the in the Region 2
- Negatives: No closed captioning, simple menu. (Bot then again many other
major film dvd releases also do not include closed captioning or menu either)
Full Length Documentary: Passion & Poetry/Sam's Trucker Movie
- Positives: Includes interviews with stars Kris Kristofferson, Ali
MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine as well as production staff (Executive Producer)
Michael Deeley, (Assistant to Director) Katy haber, (Second Unit Director)
James Coburn and others. For the first time ever the stars and production staff
talk about the film that most seemed most of them did not care for but did it
as a favor to close friend Director Sam Peckinpah. Learn the difficulties that
star Kris Kristofferson described as the logistics of D-Day. The drug/alcoholic
problems that led cast members and staff walking out on Sam Peckinpah and even
the company EMI to remove Sam from the seat just to finish the film. Included
as well a never before seen or heard, alternate music ending to the film's
bridge finale. Fans of the film will enjoy this detailed 70 minute documentary.
-Negatives: Cast members Burt Young and Franklyn Ajaye were not
interviewed. The song and it's writer Bill Fries aka C.W. McCall 's
contribution is virtually ignored except for a single statement from
Michael Deeley that "it was based on a song thats it". A a video
interview with German "restored Rubber Duck Truck owner" Gerd
Albrecht is part of the latter half of documentary, which is is cool and
captioning is added since he speaks in German, only photos are shown
of Dan Bruno's (of St. Louis, Missouri) restored Rubber Duck truck, which
should have been filmed also. I think a Bill Fries aka C.W. McCall interview
should have been done/added.
Full Length Commentary
- Positives: This was long overdue, besides a DVD/Blu Ray
Release. Garner Simmons, was involved in the editing process of the film,
takes part in the commentary with two Sam Peckinpah historians. Many facts and
stunning admissions were stated in the commentary. The biggest admission is the
film having an unheard movie soundtrack. Most of its music is hardly heard,
lyric wise with the exception of two artists. The ultimate stand out in the
commentary was several times credit was given to Bill Fries aka C.W. McCall
without whom there would have been no movie based on a hit song.
- Negatives: Im a big fan of full length film commentaries. But this was
an 20/80 for me. The immediate problem I recognized was when the announcement
was made of this DVD/Blu-Ray release that would include full length commentary
which would include a one production staff and two director historians. The 70
minute documentary included 3 major cast members and 3-4 major production
staff, why was not at least one of them included besides Garner Simmons. They
spent 80 percent of the commentary comparing Convoy to Peckinpah's major
films. Which is ok and fair but far too much time was given for those facts.
With maybe 2-3 scenes given background history, much of the film's creation was
ignored for Peckinpah's previous film history. I was hoping for more details on
the bridge finale. I’ve read about and heard that the characters were not given
in depth backgrounds and film critics really slammed this one because it and
other reasons, I don't agree at all. The desert scenes with truck and state
patrol chase with tons of blown/pushed dirt what they call "double
exposures" has always been give praise, was the ONLY part I disliked of
the film besides its practically no lyric movie soundtrack (with the exception
of song Convoy remade for the movie and Okie From Muskogee).
3 Deleted Scenes
- Positives: Very interesting. I’ve read about them.
- Negatives: Photos only, they were never filmed..Peckinpah filmed up to
at least 3 and half hours which was edited down to 1 hour 46 minutes. So the
deleted scenes are only available in photos, not one ounce of edited film was
ever found??...Except for a alternate music ending for the bridge finale. Thank
god they didn’t use it.
Injokes, Friends and Cameos
- Showing how Sam Peckinpah used production staff and close friends as
background cast/extras for Convoy as well a material related to production used
- U.S. and International Film Posters as well as "Theater Cards"
(with the movie version of Convoy as background music)
Trucker Notes From Norway
- Rare photos during production of Convoy...As well as Anders L°faldi talks
about the Rubber Duck truck and how the the trucks were filmed.
Television and Radio Spots
- Rare television ads and radio ads to promote Convoy...The television ad seen
here is also see in the German Kinowelt DVD release but the narration was of
course in German. Here it for the FIRST TIME EVER since 1978 in English!
More Production Stills
- More rare photos of production. Since NO one filmed during filming as part of
a Making of documentary.
- Which uses the movie version of the song as background music.