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Gone in Sixty Seconds 2

Gone in 60 Seconds: 2 began it's life as a sequel to the 1973 lassic by H.B. Halicki. During filming, Halicki was killed during a freak accident on set and the movie was never completed. Halicki always filed the stunts and chases of a film first before shooting the 'quieter' pages of the movie. This means that most of the chase scenes for Gone:2 were completed before his untimely death. His wife, Denise Halicki, had the footage remastered and edited into a close approximation of what seems to have been the second half of the movie. This DVD contains the completed parts of the movie, mainly the final chase scene featuring a car named 'The Slicer', a vehicle specially built for the movie. The DVD also contains the full-length feature, Deadline Auto Theft and a documentary about the life of H.B. Halicki. Although it's obvious that the biggest draw is to see what Halicki had planned for the sequel to Gone in 60 Seconds, the real meat of the disc is the documentary . Produced for Speedvision in 2000, it chronicles the life of H.B. Halicki from his first job selling cars, his self made fortune, his film career, and even his huge toy collection. You get a real sense of the drive that he had to live the life he dreamed for himself.

Gone In 60 Seconds:2
The chase scene that makes up Gone:2 is destructive to a fault. What made the original so great was that it had a 'regular' car with an exceptional driver behind the wheel evading and outwitting his pursuers. But this chase starts with an 18-wheeler that is pretty much indestructible. It literally plows through dozens and dozens of cars. It's clear that the main idea behind the film was to crash as many cars as possible. But the destruction just seems like crashing for the sake of crashing. The truck does it's best to hit every car on the street, and the cops chasing it have a habit of smashing into each other for no reason . And when the chase moves to the Slicer, it's just more of the same. There's no doubt that the Slicer is a great vehicle and it crashes and flips cop cars like nobody's business, but around the 30th time, you get the point and you're ready to move on. But the scene doesnt and boredom starts to creep in. Unlike the original (or even the remake) the chase doesn't have a 'story' of its own. There's no close calls, clever escapes, or exceptional driving. It's just crash after crash after crash. It seems that in an effort to preserve as much of the movie as possible, every single piece of film that had a collision on it was included. I'd like to think that had he had lived, Halicki would have pared down the footage to create more diverse scene.

Deadline Auto Theft
The addition of Deadline Auto Theft on the DVD is nice for completists but some fans may be a little surprised by what they get. Deadline Auto Theft is the exact same film as the original Gone In 60 Seconds recut to include a new opening chase, Hoyt Axton as a detective on the trail of the thief, and some creative editing to tighten up the plot of Gone. It's a like a half hearted director's cut that doesn't stand up to the original. It's as if someone re cut Scarface and only left in the violent parts and tagged a different beginning and ending. There's just no reason to it. And that's how DAT felt when I watched it.


The Life and Times of H.B. Toby Halicki
As I mentioned before, the real gem on the DVD is the Speedvision documentary. It's very well done and it's worth the price of the disc alone. Interviews with friends, family and fans as well as behind the scenes footage all paint a picture of a man who bucks the system and did whatever it took to get his films made. The DVD's special features are excellent. There's a feature that lets you watch both films with a running 'crash' count at the bottom of the screen. There are also featurettes detailing the remastering process and what it took to get both films looking and sounding as good as they do. The video and audio quality of the DVD is superb. Somehow they managed to get 20+ year old footage looking a crisp and sharp as if it were filmed yesterday.

Gone In 60 Seconds:2 may not be the greatest car chase flick ever, but the documentary gives you a deep insight into the man that did make the greatest chase flick ever, and that makes this DVD a must have.

 

 

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