'The Postcard Bandit'
(Tom Long, Brett Stiller, et al / DVD / NR / (2003) 2007 / BFS Ent.)
Overview: Real-life outlaw Brenden James Abbott loved to rob banks - he was an expert in disguises, getting in and out fast and evading capture. Rumored to have sent postcards of his daring bank robberies to the police, it was one small slip-up that finally gave the frustrated cops a break. A bold and clever bandit, Abbott lived a fast and furious life on the run as Australia’s most wanted man in this true crime spree.
DVD Verdict: Director Tony Tilse's crime-themed docudrama 'The Postcard Bandit' plunges viewers into the thrilling world of real-life Aussie bandit Brenden James Abbott (Tom Long) who developed an extraordinary to rob banks sans detection, with moves and techniques so suave and swift that they made it virtually impossible for Australian authorities to capture him.
Impossible, that is, until Abbott grew just a bit too cocky and started sending the cops "souvenirs" of his heists, then made an unfortunate little slip that gave himself away.
In truth most all required production values are practically non-existent, but the movie’s energy and Long’s brash performance are key assets. It was actually first released to Australian TV in 2003, but has taken this long to reach us here in the southern hemisphere! I guess it can be compared to popular robbers-on-the-run movies Quick Change and Bandits, though it’s not really in the same league! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.