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The Dukes Of Hazzard
(Widescreen)

review by Zach B.

 

 

Unrated

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson

Screenplay by: John O'Brien
Story by: John O'Brien and Jonathan L. Davis

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $28.98

Features: Daisy Dukes: The Short Short Shorts, The General Lee Lives, How To Launch A Muscle Car 175 Feet in 4 Seconds , The Hazzards Of Dukes, Additional Scenes, Blooper Reels, Jessica Simpson "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" Music Video, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (30 Scenes)

Released: December 6th, 2005

 

 

Based on the semi-beloved television series from the late 1970s/early 1980s, "The Dukes Of Hazzard" is your typical big screen update and stays pretty close to the plot of the original show: raunchy, fun-lovin' cousins Luke (Johnny Knoxville) and Bo (Seann William Scott) have to save their home and property from the notorious Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds). This involves plenty of car chases, crazy comedy and appearances from their other family members - cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse - played by the infamous Jessica Simpson and country music star Willie Nelson.

 

The movie is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it looks pretty nice. The strong color saturation brings Hazzard County to life by looking bold and natural, and without any smears. Detail is also quite solid and fleshtones look decent too. The transfer is sharp overall, and the print is pretty clean. The only thing taking the transfer down a few notches are some noise and some slight edge enhancement.

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track is solid and definitely gets the job done for a movie like this, but it's not tremendously discrete. The speakers get kicking with all the fast-paced car scenes, and they certainly pack a noticeable punch, but they're not razor-sharp. Assorted other action also brings a few surrounds. Dialogue is crisp and easy to hear, and the film's songs and score also adds some life to the track. Overall, this is a suitable mix that nobody should have any qualms about.

 

 

First things first: this is a new, unrated cut of the movie. Since I had no desire to see the Good Ol' Boys in theaters, I couldn't tell you what new additions have been added to the movie.

The main extras consist of a few featurettes. Daisy Dukes: The Short Short Shorts, runs a few minutes and talks about the (in)famous, iconic shorts that belong to Daisy Duke. It's a pretty fluffy, but the film's costume designer and assistant designer take you throught their precise work in creating them, while director Jay Chandrasekhar and Jessica Simpson give a few thoughts.

The General Lee Lives focuses on the famous car, and Chandrasekhar talks about his love of the car and how he could "never change it." Stunt drivers and assorted crew members also wax on about the car, but the featurette soon begins to focus on crafting the film's stunts and the technical challenges. With plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and decent interviews, this one is worth a watch.

How To Launch A Muscle Car 175 Feet in 4 seconds extends a bit on the previous featurette with a lot of the same interviewees, and shows in good detail all the layers that come together in accomplishing one of the film's stunts. Regardless if you like the film or not, there's no denying that some of these stunts are tricky, and pulling them off takes plenty of people and hard work. Also worth checking out.

The Hazzards Of Dukes is a bit cheesy in how it opens, but ultimately this piece is a hodgepodge of cast and crew interviews giving the usual soundbites: what it was like to work with so and so, how the movie came to them, casting, the cars, and assorted production stories. There's plenty of on-the-set footage too. Not required viewing, but if you liked the film then you'll probably like this and gain more insights into how the movie was made.

There are two sets of Additional Scenes: regular and unrated. The regular scenes have content that's in line with the film's PG-13 rating; the unrated ones are actually different (some are alternate takes too) and would fit into the unrated version of the film. The scenes are in good quality, but as you'd expect, don't add anything to the movie.

There are also two Blooper Reels: regular and unrated. Again, pretty different content for each (the unrated seems to feature a lot more in the naughty language department). While there are a few chuckles to be had in each, they really aren't that funny.

Rounding out the disc is the Jessica Simpson Music Video for her cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walking" (in non-anamorphic widescreen) and the Theatrical Trailer (in anamorphic widescreen).

 

d Regardless, if you're a fan of the show or liked the movie a good bunch, you'll want this DVD - especially for the deleted material. Other than that though, the featurettes are pretty good but nothing groundbreaking. The presentation is certainly above average and fits the movie's sensibilities. So if you have to own this piece of kitsch right now, the value is pretty decent.