Race for the Yankee Zephyr DVD

Race for the Yankee Zephyr BD

Race for the Yankee Zephyr
aka: Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr aka: Ein Teufelskerl - 1981




Enterprise/Hemdale/Pact/First City - 104-108 min.
DVD UPC # 9315842021979; 692865344339; 7613059804258
Blu-ray # 7613059404250(DE)

Cast: Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, Donald Pleasance, Bruno Lawrence, Grant Tilly, George Peppard.
Screenplay: Everett de Roche; Photography: Vincent Monton; Editor: John Laing; Composer: Brian May; Producers: Antony Ginnane, John Barnett, David Hemmings; Director: David Hemmings.

A deer hunter(Wahl) and his bumbling partner(Pleasance) by chance stumble upon the wreckage of a DC-3 on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Included amongst its cargo are medals, booze, money and $50 million in gold bullion. Before they can begin recovery, others get wind of the discovery and show up to pressure them in revealing the location. This is an action/chase, frankly silly, film with most of its energy occuring in the numerous stunts, chases and explosions. Great helicopter shots of Fiordland and the Queenstown area. New Zealand's first big budget ($6 million) co-production.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C+

Race for the Yankee Zephyr
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AVAILABILITY OF COPIES

R4 PAL DVDs are available from Australian or NZ sources for about $15. The DVD has no extras, but it is presented in the original 2.35:1 Cinemascope widescreen. The box slick says that the screen format is 4 x 3 Full Frame, which it clearly is not. There is a short "historic" footage at the beginning that is in 1.33:1 format, but after that the format changes to 2.35:1 for the rest of the movie. An R1 version was available, under the aka of 'Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr', but as of June 2009 is OOP. There is a double feature R1 offering by "East West DVD" that is a low cost, low quality ripoff that is not recommended. Older vhs versions are not in the original cinemascope widescreen format.

Starting 23 July 2013, a Blu-ray version is available for the equiv. of 12eur. It originates from Ascot Elite in Germany. It is coded region B. It is presented 1080p 2.35:1 with both spoken English and German DTS-HD Master 2.0 audio tracks. The only extras are German subtitles and some trailers. At the same time a PAL R2 DVD re-issue is being released by Ascot Elite, 2.35:1 anamorphic with German DTS and English DD2 audio plus the extras mentioned with the Blu-ray disc.

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REVIEWS

Never Repeats - MP3 Audio Podcast Review

Review + a whole lot of information and graphics about 'Race' at ozmovies.com.au

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Archetypal case of Hollywood-in-New Zealand. Set in a non-specific celluloid adventure world which happens to have the Southern Alps in it. Cast and storyline angle it for undemanding American audiences. Even on its humble action-adventure level, very poorly paced. More a crawl than a race. (Nicholas Reid - 'A Decade of New Zealand Film')


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