Gotta Get GATOR!
Benjamin Dotson | East Ridge, Tennessee United States | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gator is pure guilty pleasure. Burt Reynolds directed and stared in this 1976 follow up to the excellent WHITE LIGHTNING. This time the feds don't want Gator for running moonshine, but to go undercover to get evidence on his boyhood pal Bama McCall (Jerry Reed). Lots of action , fighting, boat chases and Reynolds signature style. The movie gets 5 stars but not the DVD. The transfer is incredible compared to the old VHS tape, but sadly the DVD is only FULL FRAME the movie was shot in SCOPE, so most of the picture is cropped off. It would have been nice to have a commentary track from at least Burt Reynolds, since this was his first directorial debut."
Tomcat | United States | 11/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of those movies I enjoyed watching, and would watch over again and again, it's quick paced, full of action, and light comedy, I would suggest this to anyone. I would have bought this along with White lightning, which came out before Gator. But Alas the Studio's blew it again, by only releasing this and White Lightning in full screen format.
So out of my basket they went. My message to the powers to be at the studio's if your going to release DVD's such as these good fun movies, release them in both widescreen and fullscreen, you might sell more copies. But what do I know I am only a consumer."
Enjoy the movie, not the format
Tomcat | 07/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have always enjoyed Burt Reynolds movies and "Gator" is no exception. Oh sure, don't expect any of Burt's offerings to be placed in nomination for any awards, but they are extremely entertaining and always action oriented.I'm however saddened that the powers-to-be have again chosen to put yet another Burt Reynolds DVD movie out in that dreaded "full screen" format. I just don't understand the rational for some of his best movies like "Sharky's Machine" and "Hooper" and now "Gator" to be released like this. To me, it is akin to buying a "Rolls Royce" with a VW engine.You will thoroughly enjoy the movie if don't have any preference as to it's format, but I will never again knowingly purchase a DVD in full screen format when it should be in it's theatrically released format, because for me, that is one of the important reasons I am buying DVD's in the first place."
Another INSULT from MGM ....full screen? this sucks!
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 08/31/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love the two GATOR movies...saw them when I was a testosterone filled high schooler and Burt Reynolds was THE action star of my day....but these DVDs "White Lightning" and "Gator" have been transformed from 2:35 aspect ratio...WIDE widescreen to 1:33...thus chopping the heck out of them..
watch the credits chapter on GATOR to see how the film should be shown..
DOES MGM think that only dumb old geezers who don't understand film formats would watch these? WHY the dumbed down versions..
I'm ordering overseas where they RESPECT the films