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BMX Bandits (1983)

PG | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | July 1984 (USA)
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Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

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Patrick Edgeworth, Russell Hagg (based on a screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Argue ... Whitey
John Ley ... Moustache
Nicole Kidman ... Judy
Angelo D'Angelo ... P.J.
James Lugton ... Goose
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... The Boss
Brian Sloman Brian Sloman ... The Creep
Peter Browne Peter Browne ... Police Constable
Bill Brady Bill Brady ... Police Sergeant
Linda Newton Linda Newton ... Police Woman
Bob Hicks Bob Hicks ... Heavy #1
Guy Norris Guy Norris ... Heavy #2
Chris Hession Chris Hession ... Heavy #3
Norman Hodges Norman Hodges ... The Drunk
Tracy Wallace Tracy Wallace ... Buxom Lady (as Tracey Wallace)
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Storyline

Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

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Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Wave See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,050,000 (estimated)
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Nilsen Premiere See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Three top BMX bike experts performed all the stunts in this film. Nicole Kidman's stunt double was an 18-year-old boy in a wig. See more »

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In the first scene the bikes have platform pedals, but when you see them again they are different. See more »

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Judy: Well, you know what they say. Two's company. Three gets us talked about.
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References Minder (1979) See more »

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Some can sort of like this feature, v1.02
2 November 2009 | by annevejbSee all my reviews

So I purchased this because it is early Kidman. I did not expect great acting or a great story and after reading some of the user comments here big chunks of the story actually were a whole lot better than I had expected.

Some aspects of the story are blatantly weak, particularly how the police are portrayed, but much is not as weak as all that. It is different to early Sandra Bullock, but part of that might be the age difference.

I did not know much about BMX when it was a fashion and this tells me a bit about what those bikes can do. Since watching this I have seen a mature guy, maybe in his twenties, with a pedal bike that seemed to have motor bike wheels and that seems a big step up to my city cycling tyred ATB, but maybe not for the stunt cycling that is in this film. Or normal city cycling.

***

The big problem with this DVD, for me, is the image quality. I have a PAL region 2 on the Contender label, 2005, and the sunnier scenes are a bit washed out. I can put up with that.

A bigger problem is that the aspect ratio is wrong. This is widescreen letterboxed in 1.78 and measures as 2.38 to 1, approx, but it looks squashed vertically.

To get it to look right depends on one's player. On a computer with VLC 8.1 I set preferences/video/source aspect ratio to 16:10 and this played with the image looking about right. If I had a 1.78 screen I would need to use the 16:10 setting and also select the preferences/video/video filter module/crop module and use a manual crop to trim the top, bottom and maybe also the sides. preferences/ Modules/video filter/crop/crop geometry/720x476+0+50. Ie 'width'x'height'+'left offset'+'top offset'. Practical, but thankfully one does not need to do that sort of thing too often.

March 2011, 'Woodyanders' posted a comment that a new DVD of this by Severin does show the aspect ratio properly.


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