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Friday, August 23

Blu-ray Review: White Line Fever


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are my own.

Mill Creek Entertainent; Amazon
The 1975 action drama White Line Fever was released on Blu-ray (PG; 90 mins; $14.98) last week by Mill Creek Entertainment as part of their Retro VHS Look. The movie stars the late Jan-Michael Vincent who played in the short-lived '80s television series Airwolf.

Co-written and directed by Jonathan Kaplan, Jan-Michael Vincent plays Carrol Jo "CJ" who obtains a big bank loan to buy a 1974 Ford WT9000 cabover rig (a.k.a. the "BLUE MULE") shortly after coming home from serving in the Air Force during Vietnam. He seeks work from an old friend, Duane (played by Slim Pickens) at the Red River, a produce-shipping company in Tucson. CJ's father used to haul for Red River before his death and he has fond memories of the place. However, Red River isn't the same place it used to be. The company now hauls illegal products, such as slot machines, drugs, and untaxed cigarettes.

Unlike many Red River truckers, CJ actually has morals and refuses to haul anything illegal. Lets just say CJ ends up pissing off the Red River owner which leads to him starting a small war with the company.


Final Thoughts
White Line Fever was released several years before I was born but I do remember my father watching it on television during the late '80s. I recall very little about the movie except for the fact it starred Jan-Michael Vincent. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I became interested in watching White Line Fever on Blu-ray.
White Line Fever is like the '70s version of a Fast & Furious sequel. It has great action scenes but there are plot holes everywhere. The acting from the entire cast is excellent. Don't be fooled by the PG rating. The film was released way before there PG-13 was a thing, so there's quite a bit of violence in it. 

The picture and sound qualities are pretty good on the Blu-ray. There are no special features or bonus extras.
Overall, White Line Fever is a mindless action-flick that's best watched on the weekend when you have 90-minutes to kill.

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