'White Line Fever' (Retro VHS Style)
(Jan-Michael Vincent, Slim Pickens, Kay Lenz, et al / Blu-ray / PG / (1975) 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: In the 1970s Arizona, a young married man becomes an independent long-haul driver and he risks his life fighting the corruption in the local long-haul trucking industry.
Blu-ray Verdict: Jan-Michael Vincent stars in this B-movie from the Redneck Renaissance which has an ex-military man buying a rig to achieve the American dream along with his doting wife.
Corruption rears its ugly head when his unscrupulous owners try to force him to do the wrong thing but with a granite jaw and rather a handy dandy shotgun, he prevails!
'White Line Fever' came out with the CB fad and is really a vintage film now. Is it a classic? Well, the truck driving scenes are classic. The other stuff like the plot and ending are apparently fabricated just so we could have a place for the great action to take place, in all honesty!
Where else can you see someone climb from the cab of a moving truck onto the van trailer's roof? Where else can you see a semi hit a bobtail truck tractor in the tandems and spin it off the road?
Where else can you see a diesel truck burn? Where else can you see a truck tractor jump through the air?
Funnily enough, 'White Line Fever' tries many times to get the point across that truck driving is a great way of life and yet constantly shows us that it's also so hard for someone like JMV to make a living at it too!
In closing, and in truth, it's also a little uncomfortable to see JMV in several scenes drinking alcohol knowing what eventually happened to him in real life.
Also, it's not clear if the chief bad guys get punished in the end or not, but if you can overlook minor flaws like those the movie is still enjoyable to watch. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'White Line Fever' [Retro VHS '90s Style Blu-Ray] is out August 13th, 2019 via Mill Creek Entertainment.