Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 4th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 1995
Director: Jack Bravman
Writer: Maurice Thevenet
Cast: Fred Travalena, Gregory Calpakis, Flavia Carrozzi, George Thomas, Sherwood Kendall, Brigitte-Anne Pelletier, Claude Genest, Bill Saddler
DVD released: September 8th, 2009
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $22.98
Synopsis: One by one a killer who wears a basketball as a mask, murders the players of a college basketball team.
It quickly becomes apparent as soon as the cheaply designed cartoon opening credits appear on the screen that what is about to happen is all done for laughs. Even though there is a killer at the heart of this murder mystery. The moments lending up too any of this film’s on screen carnage is a far from frightening. Ironically the poorly crafted special effects lend themselves to the absurdity of events that occur in this film. The film is filled with quirky characters like a basketball player who looks like ‘Elvis’ and two inept cops are just a few of the more memorable characters. The pacing like the jokes is done at a break neck pace.
It is hard to gauge any of the cast since all of their performances are so over the top. Apparently this film was built up around its most prominent actor Fred Travalena who appears as several characters is this film. Despite his ample amount of screen time his presence is not enough to save this train from running off the rails. If any the only performance that leaves any lasting impression was George Thomas in the role of High Top an ‘Elvis’ lookalike basketball player. Ultimately Night of the Dribbler is an incredible disaster that was probably better off left languishing in obscurity for eternity.
Code Red presents Night of the Dribbler in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors and flesh tones fare well. Details lack crispness and edge enhancement while present it is mild.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and there are no problems with hiss or distortion.
Extras for this release include a theatrical trailer for the film (2 minutes 54 seconds – 1.33:1 ‘full frame’ aspect ratio), an interview with actor George ‘Hi Top’ Thomas (5 minutes 27 seconds – 1.33:1 ‘full frame’ aspect ratio) and an audio commentary with actor Fred Travalena and moderators Marc Edward Hueck and Scott Spiegel. The interview with George ‘Hi Top’ Thomas, while brief it is filled with many wonderful stories about his experiences while working on this film. The audio commentary is a superb track that is just as Madcap as the film that they are commenting on. Also included with this release are trailers for Cheerleaders Wild Weekend, Devil’s Express, Stunt Rock, Weekend Murders, The Internecine Project and Rituals. Overall Night of the Dribbler gets a definitive DVD release from Code Red.