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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » D.C. Cab
D.C. Cab
Universal // R // March 1, 2005
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Review by John Crichton | posted April 11, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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What do you get when you mix Mr. T, Bill Maher and Gary Busey with the man that single-handedly destroyed a DC Comics franchise? Today, you'd get a FOX reality show. In the 80's, you got D.C. Cab

This 1983 cult classic comedy stars Max Gail, fresh from Barney Miller, as Harold, owner of the worst cab company in all of Washington D.C. Gary Busey, Paul Rodriguez, Marsha Warfield, Bill Maher and Adam Baldwin co-star. Mr. T, coming off of the success of Rocky III and starring in the A-Team, plays Samson. The screenplay, written by director Joel Schumacher and Topper Carew, is pretty simplistic in theory but there are TONS of subplots. Ranging from a masked bandit constantly robbing Marsha to Mr. T, trying to compete for his niece's attention with a neighborhood pimp/drug dealer. Throw in Gary's conspiracy theories and Adam's attempt to hook up with waitress Jill Schoelen while trying to get his hack license, and the 100 minutes will whiz by before you know it. 

Sure, there are plot holes - the aforementioned "romance" between Jill and Adam, and simplistic solutions to some of the problems presented: want to compete with a pimp/drug dealer? Get a nicer car! Alright, alright, so i'm being totally sarcastic. To be completely honest, I really enjoyed watching this flick. However, as I sat and watched this for the first time in a long time, and after the warm, enveloping wave of nostalgia that wrapped around me like a comfy 'ol blanket, I was left pondering whether there was footage missing. And hey, was T too busy to do a commentary track? These things combined to make me wonder if we could possibly see a Criterion version of D.C. Cab in the future? I, for one, hope so.

Video: D.C. Cab is presented in an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. There was some slight dirt on the disc, but otherwise this was a great presentation.

Audio: The only option we're given is Dolby Digital 2.0. It's a decent mix, not that this is a flick that demands 5.1-EX or dts.

Supplements: None whatsoever. In fact, there isn't even a Main Menu. Once you pop the disc in, it starts automatically. I'm not sure if it's because it's a "review copy" or if that's a feature of Universal's "Studio Selections" line. There are, however, chapter stops. Six of them.

Concluding Thoughts: Lack of any supplements aside, if you're into zany 80's comedies like Stripes, Caddyshack & Modern Problems, i'd recommend this flick. Sure Universal could've thrown us fans a bone and slapped a retrospective or something on the disc, but i'm just glad they took the time to release it at all. Highly Recommended.

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