Used Cars


Columbia TriStar Home Ent., $19.95

CROW ALL YOU want about the astonishing grotesquerie of There's Something About Mary or Freddy Got Fingered. In the early '80s, Hollywood comedies routinely reveled in X-rated spunk, and the first time is always the biggest shocker.

1980 cult fave Used Cars is populated by a host of gleefully amoral, stripper-fondling, politician-bribing, murderous, callow, dishonest, drunken auto salesmen. All those adjectives combined may not out-retch one Tom Green horse-hump, but this single-disc DVD delivers the ultimate freak-show coup: total insight into the twisted minds of its participants, two decades after the fact.

The bonuses are minimal but essential. Cars' obligatory outtake reel is at least as funny and raunchy as anything that made the final cut—especially an alternate, guerrilla-style commercial in which Kurt Russell and co-star Gerrit Graham not only disguise themselves with "penis noses" but cram them into the unwilling mouth of Penthouse pet Cheryl Rixon. From the uproarious commentary track (featuring Russell, director Robert Zemeckis, and writer-producer Bob Gale), we learn that Columbia was "appalled" by the gag, and the get-ups were replaced by more conventional google-eye glasses.

These guys have long since moved on to bigger and better things but project a genuine appreciation for their obscure little flop. (Airplane! opened the week before Cars, killing its box-office prospects.) Zemeckis seems particularly freaked out at his disregard for safety, pointing out numerous scenes that put actors in mortal peril: "How insane was it to drop two kids out of a car? I guess those days are gone."

Andrew Bonazelli

STILL HERE and still defiantly rude is Kevin Smith, whose Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back arrives Feb. 26 on two discs with "hours of bonus material," according to Miramax. Expect a funny, scabrous commentary track among its ample extras. The same date greets the French ensemble comedy The Taste of Others (no extras), one of our 10-best picks for last year; Va Savoir (the worst French film we saw last year, no extras); and the dreadful Soul Survivors, which promises to top its original PG-13 rating with "more blood, more sex, and more terror"—which just might've helped Va Savoir.


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