Cult favourite? (whatever that means) Comic classic? (whatever that means) 80s favourite? (Jesus…) Spielberg and John Milius produced USED CARS at a time when one thought he would make a comedy (1941 which is awful) and the other was taking a break from the right wing. it is a film that has a lot of verbs attached to it. A lot of bland marketing guff that relates more to boxes than the films content. USED CARS has a major selling device. Well it has a few. Like the wide expanse of film heavy weights connected to it. From its director Robert Zemeckis, stars Kurt Russell and Jack Warden to the afor mentioned producers. Also to note that the film as written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale (es the people behind that 80s stonker BACK TO THE FUTURE).
Carsalesmen Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is a wide boy and would sell his mother for the right price. The world of cars and sales are a real hot bed of people like him. He has a prime spot though in the New Deal used car lot. The lot is owned by and the centre of Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden) world, who is a little past his prime in terms of age and physical ability but has a major lot on a prime piece of highway, so its going to be a golden age. If he can live that is. His lot however is opposite his brothers Roy ( also Jack Warden) place. His place is smaller but looks nicer, better cars and more money floating around. and so now he has his eyes on Luke’s lot. When Luke has a heart attack after a nasty encounter organised by Roy, it becomes a chance to make a difference.
Now USED CARS was considered a ‘missed gem’ on release. In fact it was widely ignored. Why? Well it came at a time when comedy was at its hit. Comedy is a beast which is harder to perfect than many give it credit for. Some films from the period like BLUES BROTHERS, CADDYSHACK and AIRPLANE almost perfected it. These were all released at the same time and all seemed to balance both slapstick 30s humour with 80s critiques. All three are far funnier than USED CARS. In truth it is because of the diversity in the others that make them (for me) more enjoyable. BLUES BROTHERS is more diverse in terms of comedy and music. CADDYSHACK is an ensemble piece that is funnier by sticking to each parts best notes. USED CARS lacks this. Russell gives it his all but becomes grating in the end. The jokes lack punch and feel repetitive and this adds sour notes throughout. All in all, its best mark is that it gane Gale and Zemeckis a future career and that was amazing.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
- Uncompressed LPCM (original mono presentation) and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio options
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- Audio Commentary with director Robert Zemeckis, producer/co-writer Bob Gale, and star Kurt Russell
- Isolated Score Track (Patrick Williams score)
- Isolated Score Track (Unused Ernest Gold score)
- “Would You Buy a Used Car from These Men? ” Getting Used Cars made with producer Bob Gale [27 mins]
- Radio Interview with Kurt Russell
- Outtakes and Gag Reel
- Kurt Russell Chrysler Commercial
- Radio Spots
- Stills Galleries
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Limited Edition Collector s booklet featuring new essays by author Scott Harrison and film writer Phil Hoad [First print run only]