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Review: Dead End Drive-In (Arrow Video)

Dead End Drive-In
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3.5 stars
Starring: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde, David Gibson

Directed: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



One of Quentin Tarantino s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive In!

Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted.

With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris only very, very eighties.



Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good with nice Bass when it kicks in, Clear Dialog with no distortions.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is pretty good. Nice Blacks with no blowouts in brighter scenes. Colors pop pretty good and Detail’s are sharp but film grain can be seen.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: August 22, 1986(USA)
Disc release Date: September 20, 2016 (USA)
  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Presentation
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • The Stuntmen, Trenchard Smith s classic television documentary on Grant Page (Mad Max, Road Games) and other Australian stunt performers
  • Hospitals Don t Burn Down, Trenchard-Smith s 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion
  • Theatrical trailer
My Thoughts

Dead End Drive-In is a Thriller Post Apocalyptic like film dealing with a world crumbling in debt leaving crime rampant and crazy. Are main lead an avid runner gets caught up in a government lock-down that he didn’t know was happening. He takes a date to a drive in but his wheels are jacked mid way through the film while getting his freak on. After trying to take care of the situation he comes to find out he can’t leave ….he can’t ever leave.

The Story is fun but small. It’s like a Mad Max like life where the film is in the future with a world crumbling around it self, everyone dressed in punk thrasher gear mixed with new-wave soundtracks. Of course we have holes in the plot and why doesn’t this guy go crazy looking for a way out of this concentration camp like place from the start. The film does showcase some action, nudity, explosions, and corruption.

Overall the film the film was fun and I would just go in just for that alone. A Fun film. The plot isn’t big but if your into to Mad Max You might enjoy this film. It’s not as hardcore or action packed as a Mad Max film but it has its traces of it. For me the film wasn’t bad but it’s not a 5 star movie, it’s a throw down some popcorn and get entertained type of film with not much thought-provoking story lines or character build up.

With that Said I Give Dead End Drive-In a 3.5 out of and I say pick it up and check it out.


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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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