08/30/2015  
Good Kill on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 1The Goldbergs: The Complete Season Two on DVD Sep 8Catching Faith on DVD Aug 181931 The Front Page on Blu-ray & DVD Aug 11Madama Bovary on DVD & Blu-ray Aug 4Rookie Blue: Season Five, Volume One on DVD Aug 18The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein on Blu-ray & DVD Jul 28

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

You have to see BFFs JLaw and Amy Schumer dance on top ...
Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani Shine Together on Red Carpe...
VMAs producer: Miley Cyrus has 'free rein,' no rules fo...
Taylor Swift's 'musical crush' Justin Timberlake helps ...
Taylor Swift and Alanis Morissette slayed 'You Oughta K...
Amy Schumer's advice for the new 'Bachelor'...
Jared Fogle reaches plea agreement in porn case ...
Shannen Doherty reveals breast cancer diagnosis in laws...
Love me Tinder! Kelly Clarkson sings and saves these ho...
Good Kill on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 1...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Paramount Studios presents
The Longest Yard: Lockdown Edition (1974)

"All I'm saying is you could've robbed banks, sold dope, stole your grandma's pension checks, and none of us would've minded. But shaving points off of a football game -- Man, that's un-American."
- Caretaker (Jim Hampton)

Review By: Jeff Wilson  
Published: May 11, 2005

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Jim Hampton
Other Stars: Henry Caesar, John Steadman, Charles Tyner, Jim Nicholson, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke, Anitra Ford
Director: Robert Aldrich

MPAA Rating: R for Violence, language, sexual situations
Run Time: 02:01:00
Release Date: May 10, 2005
UPC: 097360263848
Genre: sports


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A- BA-A- B-

DVD Review

The Longest Yard has become one of those classic "guy" movies. It has a myriad of elements that appeal to men: football, car chases, bone-breaking violence, a prison setting, underdogs fighting The Man, and so on. It's a crowd pleaser about regaining one's dignity in the face of overwhelming pressure to sell out, and works thanks to its mix of comedy and slapstick violence that occasionally crosses the line into something nastier. After an earlier bare bones release, Paramount is re-releasing the film in a new "Lockdown Edition" to tie in with the upcoming remake starring Adam Sandler.

The story is simple enough; ex-NFL star Paul "Wrecking" Crewe is at his lowest ebb. He's a guy who has shaved points and been reduced to pimping himself to rich women to get by. Fed up, he takes his current girlfriend's car on a high speed police chase, and after some further lawbreaking, heads to a stretch in the joint. The sadistic warden (Eddie Albert) is a football fanatic and the de facto owner of the prison guards' semi-pro team. He wants Crewe to add some expertise to their pursuit of the national championship. Crewe initially refuses, but in the interests of getting out sooner, finally agrees to lead a team of prisoners against the guards in a tune-up game for the guards' forthcoming season. For the prisoners, it's a chance to gain some measure of revenge against the guards, not to mention a dignity they're denied in their everyday existence. For the warden and the guards, the game is an opportunity to hammer home the fact that the prisoners are powerless and worthless.

There's nothing especially poetic about The Longest Yard, but it has a simple power, thanks to its theme of regaining self-worth no matter what the cost. The other element working in the film's favor is the fairly realistic-looking climactic football game. Most football movies fail to present the sport well, but the football here looks the way it should, with only the occasional detours into cartoonish violence. Director Robert Aldrich milks the game for all its worth, bringing out split screen and slow motion to fully display the reactions and emotions of the various characters.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: I haven't seen the original DVD release, but judging from the earlier review, this release features a new transfer. While not pinsharp in terms of detail, the anamorphically enhanced print is clean and colorful. This looks like a film from the early 1970s, and the print has a nice "film-like" look to it.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishno


Audio Transfer Review: The only sound option is the original mono soundtrack, which does a decent job conveying the dialogue and the banging and crashing of the football scenes. Clean and crisp, no complaints here.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
0 Other Trailer(s) featuring The Longest Yard (2005), Coach Carter, MacGyver: Season One, and Tommy Boy: Holy Schnike Edition
2 Featurette(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Burt Reynolds and producer Albert S. Ruddy
Packaging: unmarked keepcase
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Exclusive Look: The Longest Yard (2005)
Extras Review: The main extra is a commentary track by Reynolds and producer Albert S. Ruddy. The two have a very good rapport, and chat quite happily through the film, only pausing significantly (and even then, for not more than a couple minutes) during the game. They cover a variety of topics, including the genesis of the story (credited to Ruddy), the NFL players who appeared, the prison location shooting, and so on. It's a fairly informative track, all things considered, and fans of the film should enjoy it.

The two featurettes are okay, but nothing too special. The first, Doing Time on The Longest Yard (11m:37s) looks at the film through the comments of cast members and sportswriters, all of whom generally rhapsodize about the film and its effect on future sports movies. The second, Unleashing The Mean Machine (11m:01s) focuses on the football side of the film, with some current NFL players, including Doug Flutie and Tim Dwight, talking about the film, in addition to several of the participants in the first featurette. Some of Ruddy and Reynolds' comments in the featurettes are told as well in the commentary.

Since this disc is meant to help hype the remake, we get a useless, glorified MTV commercial for the new version (03m:38s), which inlcudes behind the scenes footage and comments from some of the cast. At three minutes and change, it's too short to amount to much. There are trailers for both the original film and the remake, in addition to Coach Carter, MacGyver: Season One, and Tommy Boy: Holy Schnike Edition. These trailers are presented before the menu loads, and are not skippable, though they can be fast-forwarded past. They are also viewable from the features menu. Only the original Longest Yard trailer is anamorphically enhanced, though it does look slightly dingy.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

A film that remains an immense pleasure thanks to smart performances and a vividly brutal football game, The Longest Yard gets an upgraded release that should please fans of the film and newcomers to its visceral charms.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

celebrity, jennifer lawrence, amy schumer, billy joel, uptown girls, chicago, television, gwen stefani, blake shelton, the voice, adam levine, pharrell williams, music, los angeles microsoft theater, vma awards, miley cyrus, garrit english, staples center, concert, taylor swift, 1989 tour, lisa kudrow, selena gomez, justin timberlake, alanis morissette, you oughta know, natalie maines, ellen degeneres, bachelor, jared fogle, subway pitchman, sex with minors, shannen doherty, beverly hills, 90210, breast cancer, law suit, tanner, mainstain, glynn & johnson, steven d. blatt, kelly clarkson, tinder, heartbeat song, jimmy kimmel, celine dion, drama, family, comedy, faith.drama, fresh prince of bel-air, will smith, fuller house, the x-files, twin peaks, gunsmoke, burt reynolds, bruce boxleitner, buck taylor, jess walton, lane bradbury, merry florene, the man from u.n.c.l.e., robert vaughn, david mccallum, guy ritchie, henry cavill, armie hammer, anna faris, mom, chris pratt, jurassic world, redbook, john landgraf, mr. robot, ray donovan, the strain, difficult people, news late night, jon stewart, peter jennings, the daily show, coco, ice t, conan, keith richards, beatles, rolling stones, crosseyed heart, norah jones, paris hilton, emily ratajkowski, stella maxwell, jada pinkett smith, jaden, willow, howard stern, classic, foo fighters, learn to fly, fabio zaffagnini, betty white, walt palmer, cecil the lion, mia farrow, valerie harper, nice work if you can get it, ogunquit playhouse, mary tyler moore show, movie, mission: impossible -- rogue nation, tom cruise, simon pegg, ving rhames, jeremy remmer, alec baldwin, late night, ted cruz, david mccullough, ant-man, disney, marvel, pixels, adam sandler, jurassic, inside out, minions, trainwreck, southpaw, jake gyllenhaal, october sky, donnie darko, bubbly boy, brokeback mountain, prisoners

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store