Fast Company

Fast Company

William Smith
Director: David Cronenberg Cast: William Smith
William Smith
, John Saxon
John Saxon
, Claudia Jennings
Claudia Jennings
David Cronenberg

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)

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Blue Underground adds to its impressive catalogue with this hot release of the David Cronenberg exploitation gem, Fast Company. Delivering not only a gorgeous version of the film, the DVD is stuffed with extras that highlight the director and even his later projects. Technically, the disc is a dream, starting with the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer supervised by cinematographer Mark Irwin and struck from the original negative. With little-to-no age marks and rich colors throughout the film, Fast Company now belies its drive-in roots thanks to attention to detail -- something that is enriched even more by the sound mixes. Four audio options are included, with the highlights being the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX and 6.1 DTS ES tracks. Full of depth, clear of distortion, and rip-roarin' when the engines are gunned, it's hard to say whether the film ever warranted such a high level treatment, though any gripes should be thrown out of the window after feeling your teeth rattle in the racing scenes. If that weren't enough, there's also a Dolby Surround 2.0 track along with the Original Mono mix for those looking to relive the grindhouse feel. As far as extras go, you can't get any better than a David Cronenberg commentary. Sure, he's got the monotone thing going, but that will always be who he is, and never will it take away from your appreciation of what the man has to say. Fast Company always seemed to be the black sheep in the director's filmography, though you'll find that much of what propelled the film directly corresponds to many of his interests and hobbies. Cronenberg has been a car enthusiast most of his life, and after hearing him talk about the various "firsts" that they achieved in Canadian filmmaking and the true love he has for this particular time and place, the bigger picture just seems to make sense with this somewhat simple flick. The high-quality extras continue with a 12-minute interview with star William Smith and cult favorite John Saxon, along with a 14-minute interview with Irwin that covers his collaborative years with the director. The theatrical trailer, an extensive photo gallery, and a Claudia Jennings bio have also been included on the disc. Also released in a two-disc Limited Edition that includes both Stereo and Crimes of the Future, this disc is a must-own for any fan of this acclaimed director.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
UPC: 0827058105798
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 34,535

Special Features

Audio commentary with co-writer/director David Cronenberg; "Inside the Character Actor's Studio": Interviews with stars William Smith and John Saxon; "Shooting Cronenberg" interview with director of photography Mark Irwin; Theatrical trailer; Poster & still gallery; Claudia Jennings bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Smith Lonnie "Lucky Man" Johnson
John Saxon Phil Adamson
Claudia Jennings Sammy
Nicholas Campbell Billy "The Kid" Brocker
Don Francks Elder
Cedric Smith Gary "The Blacksmith" Black
Judy Foster Candy
George Buza Meatball
David Peterson Slezak

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director,Screenwriter
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Michael Lebowitz Producer
Fred Mollin Score Composer
Peter O'Brian Producer
David Perlmutter Executive Producer
Ronald Sanders Editor
Phil Savath Screenwriter
Courtney Smith Producer,Screenwriter
Carol Spier Art Director
Alan Treen Original Story

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