Although it was overshadowed by the blockbuster success of “Star Wars,” “Smokey and the Bandit” was one of the biggest box-office smashes of 1977 and earned an Oscar nomination for best editing. Plus, Reed penned and performed three original songs for the film, including the enduring country classic “East Bound and Down.” Compared to overly slick and serious crash-‘em-ups like “The Fast and the Furious” movies, the Southern-fried romp has a big personality and an infectious sense of fun that makes it worth taking for another spin.
Bonus features: Along with DVD and digital copies of the film, the combo pack includes the mini-documentary “Loaded Up and Truckin': Making Smokey and the Bandit,” a video tutorial on CB radio lingo and the original theatrical trailer, plus two high-definition studio centennial featurettes: “100 Years of Universal: The Lot” and “100 Years of Universal: The '70s.”
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