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HERBIE: FULLY LOADED

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 101 minutes, bloopers, deleted scenes, featurettes, director audio commentary, and Lindsay Lohan music video

STUDIO: Disney

RELEASE DATE: 10-25-2005

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED is a fun movie. The big character is the car. Forget Lindsay Lohan. The car outacts her. Call this entry in the Herbie series NASCAR HERBIE. It is a classic Disney movie meant to entertain and will appeal to people who have seen (or haven't seen) the previous HERBIE movies. Herbie is 63 Volkswagon Bug who has fallen on hard times when college grad Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan) comes upon him in a junkyard. Soon Herbie tries to help her and she begins to realize her racing dreams because she is the better Peyton driver and not her brother that her Dad (Michael Keaton) thinks will carry on the Peyton NASCAR racing legacy. Two obstacles in Maggie's path are her father not wanting her to race ever again (since she almost lost her life in a street race years ago) and Herbie's new nemesis, NASCAR driver rival Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). A little humor and some good action sequences make this an easy way to pass the time. Herbie is back and don't forget he's the star and not Lindsay Lohan.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Colors and shadow values are good. Image detail is also OK.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: French, English Captions

The sound is not bad. No problems.

SPECIAL FEATURES: A nice assortment of extras. The deleted scenes (the alternate opening titles) are fun and entertaining (the optional commentary with the director explains why each was cut including one scene that had to be finally shot on the third try. The five minute blooper reel show the cast do make goofs and like to scare Lindsay Lohan. the audio commentary for the film with director Angela Robinson does a good job of talking about characters and story while mixing in production and editing details.

A DAY AT THE RACES looks at the cast and crew being at the NASCAR track where they filmed the race at the end of the film and also a female Nascar driver talking about the car races. Features interviews with cast, crew, and Nascar Driver Deborah Renshaw.

BREAKING THE RULES: THE STUNTS FROM HERBIE FULLY LOADED looks at the skateboard herbie stunt, the Demo Derby scene, and the Nascar Race.

BRING HERBIE TO LIFE talks about Herbie as a character from the five different Herbies they designed for different parts of the film and the sounds used to bring Herbie to life.

Also included is a Lindsay Lohan music video.

FINAL ANALYSIS: HERBIE: FULLY LOADED is fun for the whole family with some amusing DVD extras to boot.

this DVD Review is (c)10-24-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content (and news/updates) at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia