Drive (1997) 4K UHD

RedDevil85

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Links: Amazon.co.uk - HMV - Zavvi

Release date: 29/08/2022

First 4K UHD release from 88 Films
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Features:
  • High Definition (1080p) presentation of the Extended Director's Cut in 2.35:1 aspect ratio from a brand new 4K HD scan of the original camera negative.
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos, 5.1 DTS-HD MA, 2.0 Stereo LPCM
  • Audio commentary by director Steve Wang, fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto and stars Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison
  • Mike?
  • Drive: The Force Behind The Storm' documentary (SD, 47:42)
  • Six Deleted Scenes (SD, 08:42)
  • Interview gallery with cast, director and crew including stars Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison, director Steve Wang, Second Unit Director Wyatt Weed and Stunt Coordinator Koichi Sakamoto (SD, 24:30)
  • Drive: Theatrical Cut with optional English Subtitles (HD, 1:39:00)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 01:38)
  • Reversible Artwork with Alternative Cover
 
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mjn

Distinguished Member
I'll have some of that. Replace my crappy R1 DVD.
 

FevreDream

Well-known Member
The artwork looks like an 80’s video game. I’ve never heard of this Drive TBH.
 

dragontycoon

Active Member
Kid: I want to watch 'Drive'
Mum: We have 'Drive' at home

Still can't believe Brittany Murphy is no longer with us. One of those deaths that still shocks every time her name comes up.
 

Clock'd 0ne

Active Member
Is this actually any good? I've obviously never seen it but given it has Brittany Murphy (bless her, RIP) I feel I should check it out.
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Is this actually any good? I've obviously never seen it but given it has Brittany Murphy (bless her, RIP) I feel I should check it out.
It's great!!!!
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Is this actually any good? I've obviously never seen it but given it has Brittany Murphy (bless her, RIP) I feel I should check it out.

Mark Dacascos is supremely underrated, and unfortunately he'll never really be high profile now.

He was fun in John Wick 3 but really you have to go back and choose wisely amongst his back catalogue to see just what a fantastic action star this guy was/could have been.

Brotherhood of the Wolf is probably a person fave, but it's more an ensemble piece (even if Dacascos is absolutely scene-stealing and, curiously, the emotional core too)
Brotherhood of the Wolf Movie Review

Crying Freeman is blistering, highly stylised fun, tremendous, highly recommend hunting that down it's basically the manga brought from page to screen. It's also available in 4K:
Crying Freeman 4K Blu-ray Review

After those he pretty much faded into DTV, was competent enough in the Crow TV series (not a bad choice for replacing the late, great Brandon Lee) and has recently had a bit of limelight in the TV series Wu Assassins on Netflix.

'97 Drive is possibly his only other decently budgeted leading role. It's cheesy, occasionally silly, definitely OTT but absolutely action packed and VERY entertaining. Because he plays an 'enhanced' fighter, you're supposed to believe him capable of doing things humans cannot, but frequently this just requires him to showcase his fantastic martial arts skills. I highly recommend it, but do make sure you watch the "director's cut" as the theatrical cut has a REALLY cheesy soundtrack which really doesn't help an already pretty cheesy film. (the 4K remaster is for the director's cut, so this release is safe).
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Mark Dacascos is supremely underrated, and unfortunately he'll never really be high profile now.

He was fun in John Wick 3 but really you have to go back and choose wisely amongst his back catalogue to see just what a fantastic action star this guy was/could have been.

Brotherhood of the Wolf is probably a person fave, but it's more an ensemble piece (even if Dacascos is absolutely scene-stealing and, curiously, the emotional core too)
Brotherhood of the Wolf Movie Review

Crying Freeman is blistering, highly stylised fun, tremendous, highly recommend hunting that down it's basically the manga brought from page to screen. It's also available in 4K:
Crying Freeman 4K Blu-ray Review

After those he pretty much faded into DTV, was competent enough in the Crow TV series (not a bad choice for replacing the late, great Brandon Lee) and has recently had a bit of limelight in the TV series Wu Assassins on Netflix.

'97 Drive is possibly his only other decently budgeted leading role. It's cheesy, occasionally silly, definitely OTT but absolutely action packed and VERY entertaining. Because he plays an 'enhanced' fighter, you're supposed to believe him capable of doing things humans cannot, but frequently this just requires him to showcase his fantastic martial arts skills. I highly recommend it, but do make sure you watch the "director's cut" as the theatrical cut has a REALLY cheesy soundtrack which really doesn't help an already pretty cheesy film. (the 4K remaster is for the director's cut, so this release is safe).
He was wasted in Cradle 2 The Grave, but still good. And don't forget Kickboxer 5.

His interview on ArtOfAction is also very good. Some proper laugh out loud moments.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
He was wasted in Cradle 2 The Grave, but still good. And don't forget Kickboxer 5.

His interview on ArtOfAction is also very good. Some proper laugh out loud moments.

I found it unforgivable they didn't flip the roles of DMX and Dacascos, he was just too wasted in that one, and I expected more from a Dacascos vs. Jet Li battle. Then again Dacascos AND Jet Li vs DMX would have been comedy gold.

I've only scene his major end battle in KB5, and it's admittedly great, but I really need to watch that in full.

And I didn't know he was on ArtOfAction, so thanks, I'll check that out now!
 

Clock'd 0ne

Active Member
I knew I had seen him somewhere else recently, John Wick 3 was the one! Thanks Cas, I will try and pick this up at some point.
 

museumsteve

Distinguished Member
Excited for this. Spent ages waiting for it to show up on a streaming service but ended up buying the DVD a few months ago. I think I got the itch after getting the Crying Freeman UHD.
 

t-force

Well-known Member
I absolutely love this film - was one of the first DVDs I ever bought. Great to see that it's the Director's Cut coming, as the original cut has the awful soundtrack, as Cas says, but also removes so much of Mark Dacascos' motivation as a character. Provided they don't screw up the disc (and it is 88 Films' first 4K, so that's not a given), this is a must-have for me.
 

t-force

Well-known Member
Is anyone else slightly concerned by this though (taken from the Zavvi & HMV descriptions):

"High Definition (1080p) presentation of the Extended Director's Cut in 2.35:1 aspect ratio from a brand new 4K HD scan of the original camera negative."

I've tweeted at 88 Films to ask if they can clarify.
 

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