Blu-ray Review: MACON COUNTY LINE

MACON COUNTY LINE was directed by Richard Compton and stars Max Baer Jr., Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Joan Blackman, Geoffrey Lewis, Cheryl Waters, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver and Leif Garrett. Best known for playing goofy Jethro Bodine on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Max Baer forever changed his image by producing, co-writing and co-starring in this powerful movie.

Meet Sheriff Reed Morgan. He likes a quiet town. He doesn’t like punk kids, strangers or smartalecks from up North. Chris and Wayne were all three…And they had crossed the Macon County Line.  Brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) are joyriding through the South before enlisting in the Army. When the wife of a local sheriff is brutally killed by a pair of psychotic drifters, Chris and Wayne are mistaken for the murderers. Far from home, on the run and out of time, they find themselves hunted by the crazed lawman in a tragedy of rage and revenge that explodes in a shocking climax … once they cross Macon County Line.

Macon County Line takes place in 1954 rural Georgia and follows these two brothers who are on a road trip killing time before they enlist in the Army. They end up picking up a beautiful young passenger and when their car breaks down this fun road trip of theirs slowly turns into a deadly nightmare. What happens is, they briefly meet the local sheriff while they’re at the small town garage getting their car worked on and he gives them a cold hint that they need to leave town as fast as they can. That’s right, there’s not a lot of hospitality in this small southern community and the trio pick right up on it and want to get out as fast as they can because they don’t want any trouble.

What happens is, there’s also another pair of shady drifters who break in the sheriff’s house and end up raping and killing his wife. Once the lawman discovers what has happened to her, he loses it and takes his vengeance out on the helpless two brothers and their lady friend before they can even get a chance to proclaim their innocence. Sadly, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and the sheriff thinks they’re the ones who committed this terrible crime. While all of this is happening the real criminals are captured and end up confessing but unfortunately for the innocent trio, it’s way too late them. Needless to say, there’s no happy ending for anyone who crosses the Macon County Line.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Macon County Line was another first time watch for me even though it’s a movie I’ve heard a lot about over the years. The movie takes place in the 50’s and everything was spot on as far as the detail and accuracy goes. The interesting story is a mixture of tragedy, vengeance and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cast did a really good job with their characters that were all fun to follow and one thing is for sure and that’s Max Baer Jr. got way out of his comfort zone for this intense performance. His character isn’t all good and he’s not all bad so he falls somewhere in the grey area, but one thing is for sure and that is he shoots first and asks questions later. Richard Compton did a really good job capturing the innocence lost in this fun road trip that slowly turns into a deadly nightmare for these people. This 1974 drive-in classic is the latest to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line and makes its Blu-ray debut on January 16th. They don’t make them like this anymore!

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include an all-new interview, some audio commentary, a vintage featurette, radio spot and an image gallery.

  • NEW Interview With Editor Tina Hirsch (21:42)
  • Audio Commentary With Director Richard Compton
  • Vintage Featurette – “Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road” (07:56)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:57)
  • Radio Spot (01:01)
  • Image Gallery (01:15)

 

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