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    DVD Video - Reviews [Longest Yard]


    Longest Yard

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    Studio: Paramount
    Year: 1974
    Run Time: 121 minutes
    Rating: R
    Starring: Burt Reynolds, Michael Conrad, Ed Lauter, Eddie Albert, Bernadette Peters
    Directed by: Robert Aldrich
      Movie Summary: [Comedy]

        Burt Reynolds stars as a clever former pro football player who leads his team of convicts in battle against a sadistic prison warden's hand-picked team.

    DVD Details
    • Widescreen, Enhanced for 16X9 TVs, Color, Mono, Additional Languages: French, Subtitles: English, Closed Captioned, Region 1
    • Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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    Reviewer: Marc Flemming [Staff]


            A dmittedly, I am no veteran of viewing old Burt Reynolds films. The oldest films of his that I’ve seen have been Cannonball Run, Deliverance and those episodes of Friends he took part in (Editor’s Note: The author of this review will swear to his last day that Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck are the same person. Do not argue with him - you will get nowhere.) Ah, the life of a celebrity - wine, women and song - and in the case of Burt Reynolds: Rogaine. One thing is for certain, the man was reliant upon his toupee at a very young age as is quite apparent in The Longest Yard... a football film which should not be confused with The Longest Hair - which did not star Burt Reynolds. Of course, I could be wrong. Alas, hair jokes aside - what I cherish about this film most is what it celebrates: a great American pastime that I hold dearly close to my heart. Football.

    Reynolds plays an unlikable ex-professional football player, Paul Crewe, that doesn’t become somewhat likeable until he’s behind bars. The man could be a serial killer, but so long as his name is Burt Reynolds, that uncanny charming persona makes everything okay. Crewe manages to pick up a prison term by building a lengthy rap sheet within the first 10 minutes of the film covering aggravated assault of his girlfriend and police officers to reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, destruction of private property, and evasion of arrest. Surely I missed a few. Once in prison, the warden convinces (which means “blackmail” in prison terminology) this aging star football quarterback to coach a crew of roughneck inmates to go up against the warden’s semi-professional team of prison guards in trade for a reduced sentence. With out a care in the world, Reynolds nonchalantly pulls off the role of a washed-up athlete in a film that is otherwise very typical of 70s flavor comedy cinema. The highlight of the film is the latter third which details the complete football game that often caters to “no holds barred”. And in traditional Hollywood style, winning or losing always seems to come down to the last play. Too bad we can’t expect the same of our Super Bowls.

    Paramount’s The Longest Yard arrives with a fairly clean anamorphic transfer with occasional dirt yet strong colors particularly in the fleshtones. At times I did notice a flickering or wavering in the presentation. The audio track consists of the original mono track - certainly an accurate and clean rendition of the original source material as it would seem - but of course no amazing sparks when it comes to mono. The same goes for the special features of this disc. There are none at all. The menu systems are straightforward stills with none of that flashy stuff.

    The Longest Yard is a fun movie with a definite streak of comedy that will have you genuinely laughing your butt off at times. Movie fans with a thing for football will surely appreciate the dirty game play in the Longest Yard. If kicking field goals doesn’t do it for you, perhaps catching a glimpse of Bernadette Peters hidden somewhere beneath a 3-foot smoke stack haircut will give you that kick you need.


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