'Herbie' DVD Will Put Viewers Behind the Wheel12 Jul, 2005 By: Kurt Indvik
Like a fueled-up race car roaring around the track, the upcoming DVD for Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded is rumored to be a powerhouse packed with extras.
“They've got everything,” said director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) about the Herbie DVD.
The movie stars Lindsay Lohan as Maggie Peyton, a college grad with dreams of following her family's car racing legacy. After bonding with a junked Volkswagen Bug named Herbie, Maggie and the car work to fulfill each other's racing dreams.
Filmmakers of this family film are not wanting for bonus material. In training for Herbie, cast members attended driver's training and even “pit school” to learn the NASCAR ropes. It hasn't been decided how much, if any, of that material will wind up on the disc, but the DVD is rumored to be fully loaded with commentaries, technical information about the cars and interviews.
“They've got interviews with Herbie,” laughed Robinson, who herself has dibs on keeping one of the 37 1963 Volkswagen Bugs used in the making of the film.
Also included is a 20-minute featurette with NASCAR's top-ranked female driver, Deborah Renshaw, on what it's like to be a NASCAR driver. Renshaw spent a day at the California Speedway in Fontana shooting scenes to show fans such things as how drivers get in and out of their cars (through the driver's side window, which means the steering wheel has to come off to get in and out) and the apparatus that lets the driver drink water through a tube that feeds in through the helmet. Viewers will see the track from the driver's point of view and get a tour of race-car gadgetry.
“I'm out there explaining turns one, two, three and four,” Renshaw said between takes. “There are no competitors on the track, but I want viewers to take away a sense of what it feels like to be in a race car.”
The deleted scenes may have special meaning to some of Herbie's cast. A few of the film's subplots that were removed from the theatrical version may find a new home on the disc, Robinson said.
One axed thread involves star Breckin Meyer and his character's love of drumming. When alerted by a reporter to the absence of his drumming scenes, Meyer, who had not yet seen the film, unleashed his trademark wit.
“[Well,] I get to smash up cars,” he said. “I hug Lindsay. Really, that's all I signed up to do. Good thing I didn't go to drumming school.”