Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again Blu-ray Review (1980)

Every now and then you just want to pop on a nice easy to watch rip roaring comedy so that’s what I’m looking at today. So without further ado here’s my Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again Blu-ray review.

  • Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again aka Smokey and the Bandit II Blu-ray Review (1980)
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Directed by Hal Needham
  • Written by Michael Kane, Jerry Belson, Brock Yates
  • Music by Snuff Garrett
  • Cinematography by Michael Butler
  • Running Time: 101 Mins
  • UK Rating PG
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Fabulous Films

The basic plot goes something like this, the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) is down on his luck with Carrie (Sally Field) having left him. His friend Cledus “Snowman” Snow brings him an opportunity to get back on his feet. He is tasked with transporting an elephant from point A to B. The good news gets better as Carrie returns to join the Bandit on his trip.Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again Blu-ray Review

However along the way they encounter Sheriff Buford T. Justice and his son Junior whom Carrie is due to marry.

Style / Direction

It’s a fast paced comedy that’s very easy to watch. It may look easy to achieve but credit should go to the director for making a film that flows well from scene to scene.

Music / Audio Effects

The country soundtrack perfectly suits the tone and style the film was aiming for.

Acting / Characters

Burt Reynolds plays the Bandit and is a likeable character he has great chemistry with both Sally Field (Carrie) and Jerry Reed (Snowman). In many ways the chemistry between these three is what makes the film such an enjoyable watch. But of course another name needs adding to that list, a certain Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) who really provides most of the comedy.

With those actors and characters in place you know you are in for a fun ride.

  • Burt Reynolds
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Jerry Reed
  • Sally Field
  • Dom DeLuise
Conclusion – Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again Blu-ray Review

The second film may not be quite as good as the first but is still packed full of laughs and comedy action. It’s one of those films that is perfect viewing over a Bank holiday weekend.

Blu-ray – Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again Blu-ray Review

No problems here, the picture is crisp and clear and there are no signs of any black marks or specks of dirt. All this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable viewing of this comedy classic.

  • Trailer

On to my movie rating for Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again (1980)

  • Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray: EXCELLENT

Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again (1980) is available now on Blu-ray priced £10 from Amazon (as of date of review)

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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…

Clip not be representative of the Blu-ray version

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Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again (1980)

Movie title: Smokey and the Bandit II

Director(s): Hal Needham

Actor(s): Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

Genre: Action, Comedy

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A rip roaring comedy from start to finish, that now looks tremendous on Blu-ray.

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