SRP $14.94 1.33:1 MONO SONY
 

For fans of Kurt Russell, wanting to see him in his youth, without resorting to DISNEY Films, "THE LONGEST DRIVE" from SONY, is a good choice.  Russell stars along with Tim Matheson as the Beaudine Brothers on a quest to find their sister, recently kidnapped by Indians. This was made for tv in 1976, at a time when Westerns, especially on television, were still big. "THE LONGEST DRIVE" borrows from pretty much every western film that preceded it.  When the two decide to also help save a friend's ranch, they gather up a gang of misfits, (borrowing from "THE COWBOYS". Along with the brothers for their adventure are a variety of borrowed characters, including the drunk(RIO LOBO) and more.  There's nothing new here, but die-hard fans of westerns will probably still enjoy it. Anyone else will probably be disappointed.

SONY has presented the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this release. Colors are generally solid, but detail isn't up to the quality of many other recent SONY tv show releases. Grain can be intrusive at times.

SONY has presented a mono mix. Fidelity is impressive and dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.