( two- disc set) ( R18+) Umbrella ( 95 minutes) $ 39.95
‘‘ OK, Go Down, you got it. But, believe me, whoever got you’s gonna get got, too.’’ These are the nearly laughable words uttered by Undertaker, leader of the fictional but appropriately named Gravediggers bikie gang, at member Go Down’s funeral. Sandy Harbutt, who plays Undertaker, co- wrote, directed and produced Stone , a clunky classic of Australian cinema of the 1970s. In the first few minutes a clean- environment spokesman is assassinated JFK- style at a rally to save the parks. Then, in quick succession, three members of the Gravediggers come a cropper. One has his head neatly removed by razor wire stretched across a highway, one is driven off a cliff to a watery grave he shares with his bike, and our mate Go Down exits via that action film staple, the ignition- wired car bomb. Keen- eyed readers of Review ’ s television pages will have noticed last week’s coverage of Outlaw Bikers: Hells Angels , in which Jay ‘‘ Bird’’ Dobyns attempts to infiltrate the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to find out whether they are engaged in organised crime. Perhaps the makers had Stone in mind, in which the eponymous hero ( Ken Shorter) attempts to get to the bottom of the bikie murders by infiltrating the Gravediggers. Along the way there is plenty of sex, drugs and rock ’ n’ roll, as well as a thumping ’ 70s soundtrack with synthesiser freak- outs and the big blues voice of the incredible Doug Parkinson.
EXTRAS: Featurettes, including of the 25th anniversary screening attended by 35,000 bikers