Little boys who grew up during the 80s will never forget The Dukes Of Hazzard, the good ol' boys who rode their magnificent orange car in their never ending adventures in and around Hazzard County. In more recent years, we were treated with a movie based on the cult TV series where the Dukes were portrayed by Johnny Knoxville, Sean William Scott, Jessica Simpson and let's not forget Willie Nelson as uncle Jessie. In this new DVD, The Dukes of Hazzard - The Beginning, we get a chance to see a prequel to the Duke boys' adventures, a chance to see how it all started.
In this movie, we get to see Bo (Jonathan Bennett) and Luke (Randy Wayne) as teenagers when they were originally sent to their uncle Jessie (Willie Nelson) after they both had gotten in trouble with the law in their hometowns. Their parents convince the judges that some hard work on Jessie's farm will keep the boys out of trouble. We also get to meet Daisy Duke at 18 (very photogenic April Scott), back when she was just discovering her feminine charms as well as Cooter (Joel David Moore) when he was a shop class student who had failed to get his high school diploma for the fourth time in a row. We also meet Rosco P. Coltrane (Harland Williams) who has just started working as Hazzard's new sheriff and a younger Boss Hogg (Christopher McDonald) when he was still friends with uncle Jessie and running moonshine. Of course, they don't remain friends for long, and that's how we discover how the rivalry between the Dukes and Boss Hogg started. The movie also shows us the birth of the General Lee, which even if it's "just a car", is also one of the most important elements which have kept the story of the Dukes of Hazzard alive during so many years.
The DVD offers some special featurettes on each of the characters, The Music of Hazzard, the movie trailer as well as additional Too-Hot-to-Handle Bonuses making this unrated DVD less family friendly than the original series.
Overall I'd say this DVD is aimed at older fans of the series or the 14 to 17 year old teenage crowd who just love fast cars and lovely girls with their top off. I think this movie explores an interesting side of the Dukes' history by showing us how their misfortunes began. The movie will definitely please action fans, although purists might find the use of CGI graphics on a particular stunt scene to be sacrilege. Well, I guess it's not as easy today to find 1969 chargers to destroy, or stuntmen willing to jump them 70 feet in the air. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this DVD for a rental for action fans and those who like tongue-in-cheek humor as well. Hardcore fans of the TV series who still have the heart of a teenager will probably want to own this one to have the chance to see how it all started.