Pit Stop (1969)

Starring:  Brian Donlevy, Beverly Washburn, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig & George Washburn. Directed by: Jack Hill Synopsis: Richard Davalos stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who...

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Starring:  Brian Donlevy, Beverly Washburn, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig & George Washburn.
Directed by: Jack Hill

Synopsis:
Richard Davalos stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong.  Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig’s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney.

Video:
Arrow delivers an impressive transfer of Jack Hill’s heart pounding classic, ‘Pit Stop’ in this 1080p, 1.78:1 aspect ratio transfer.  The film overall has rich contrast in detail with well balanced black and white hues that saturate the film very well.  Very little noticeable noises of distortion can be seen throughout transitions of scenes.  This is a dual-layered transfer with a max’ed bitrate.  The overall image stability of the film is on point as well as very little noticeable damage, cuts, stains or debris.  Arrow has done a great job with this transfer and I am impressed for what they were able to accomplish due to it’s original film elements being lost.

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Audio:
The audio is transferred from a standard English LPCM 1.0 track.  The audio track has gone through extensive restoration partly due to its low budget.  The audio sounds very flat without a score to complement its sound effects.  The authenticity of the cars revving, crashing, and crowds cheering bring the depth of realism to the screen.  Overall the clarity of the audio is very good and very clear, no pops whatsoever to hinder the hearing experience of the film.  There are optional English subtitles as well to complement this audio track.

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Supplements:

  • New High Definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • New audio commentary with Jack Hill moderated by his biographer Calum Waddell
  • Crash and Burn! – Jack Hill on the making of Pit Stop
  • Drive Hard- actor Sid Haig speaks about his experience of acting in Pit Stop
  • Life in the Fast Lane – producer Roger Corman on the genesis of Pit Stop
  • Restoring Pit Stop – restoration demonstration by Technical Supervisor James White
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny and musicologist and writer Gray Newell on the film’s soundtrack, illustrated with original stills and artwork

Closing thoughts:
Something to know is that the prior 2014 release of this film is taken from the same restoration.  My overall viewing experience was very pleasurable and it is always a thrill to experience Jack Hill’s Pit Stop in high definition.  Due to the films low budget, I was very pleased with how Arrow Films handled this restoration.  They treated this film very carefully and diligently and I highly recommend this transfer of the film if you are a fan.  Bottom line this is a very nice edition of the film loaded with special features and a booklet to help you seek further info in the making of the film.  Reversible cover art is always a special treat to the fans of this film or any other film.  Highly recommended.

Technical specifications:

Disc:

Production release: Jack Hill Productions
Video release: Arrow Films

Number of discs: 2
Region Free
Runtime: 92 minutes
Case: Standard clear amaray case
Release date: June 23, 2015

Video:
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Audio:
English: LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0

Subtitles:
Yes (English)

Extras:
Yes

To purchase this film or any other Arrow Films merchandise visit: www.mvdb2b.com

Pit Stop: Purchase Link

Retail: $22.46

 

 

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