Those who were tortured via the remake of "GONE IN 60 SECONDS" probably didn't realize how much better the original film was. It actually had much more depth in terms of character development than anything revealed via the misuse of Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage. While neither film had much thematic structure, the original was fun, and didn't pretend to be more than it was.
Halicki was not only the director of his films, but writer, producer and actor. He handled all these tasks with genuine fervor and a manner that was, by all accounts, more pleasant and good-hearted than most, and all of this was handled outside of the industry.
"GONE IN 60 SECONDS: 2" is basically the same type of film as the first, meaning "plenty" of smashups and chase scenes. Because Halicki owned a junkyard and plenty of autos, he had no apprehension to using them for "big" movie destruction in his films.
Unfortunately, he was killed while working on "GONE IN 60 SECONDS: 2" when a large water tower, collapsed. This newly produced dvd, includes all of the action sequences that were shot, but never before available, and still not finished!
"DEADLINE AUTO THEFT" is also included, and while it may be ridiculous in its plot, but this doesn't detract one bit from its entertainment value. In this one Halicki, playing "Pace" has made the mistake of stealing the car belonging to the daughter of the Captain of LAPD and her fiance. The captain had demanded for this car to be apprehended at all costs, and one can assume what that means right away!
Both are presented in 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and while "GONE IN 60" has its flaws, dirt, etc., it offers a generally decent image, with fine detail. Colors vary in degree of richness, but never appear muted.
"DEADLINE AUTO THEFT" lacks the detail quality of the other film. It's also excessively grainy in spots. Still, color values are generally decent, and the image is above average.
Both films are presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes. The soundmixes are a welcome surprise. While not "Demonstration" quality, they are both in fine shape, offering plenty of discrete surround effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Also included here is a fairly lengthy documentary about Halicki. His wife and crew members offer their reflections on the man, and give a portrait of someone whom was somewhat of a maverick, but without any of the negative connotations often associated with other "Maverick" directors.
His wife, Denise introduces the three trailers for his three films.