'The Dukes of Hazzard - The Beginning: Unrated'
(Jonathan Bennett, Randy Wayne, et al / DVD / R / 2007 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy are sent to Hazzard County, Georgia for the first time to live with their Uncle Jesse. Jesse is a farmer and a moonshiner and is constantly battling his old rival Boss Hogg who is the corrupt city commissioner of the small town. This film is a prequel set before the time period established in the 1979 Hit TV Series.
DVD Verdict: Oh dear ... oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! This movie achieved new lows in every way and should not be associated with the wonderful 'Dukes of Hazzard' TV series. The acting, writing and plot were horrid from start to finish ... and that's putting it politely! While the car looked correct, it sounded like it had a worn out 318 with bad lifters! Even the slide across the hood was contrived and, worse yet, reversed with Bo doing the slide. He couldn't even get in and out the car well. The best thing about this movie is that it was on TV before going on sale so if you taped it, keep that version! This should never have been filmed and the cast, crew, writers and actors should quit their jobs permanently! And yes, I'm rather pi**ing all over this film, and know that I should highlight at least a few good points, it's just that I can't find any! 'The Dukes of Hazzard - The Beginning' is just bad. Ben Jones (the original Cooter) said in an interview that no one should watch the 2005 film with Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson. Er, yeeeeah! With talent (a term I use very loosely) that bad, how good could it have ever hoped to be? Amaingly, 'The Dukes of Hazzard - The Beginning' makes that one look like it belongs with 'Casablanca' as one of the all-time greats! This film is just, yep ... beyond bad. Sorry, and I don't say this often, but don't waste your money on it - unless you're a family member of someone on the film! Then again, you would (should) have gotten this free by now as I'm sure they'd have a few to gladly spare! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Hazzardous Country Featuring Ggallery - with Additional Too-Hot-to-Handle Bonuses
The Music of Hazzard