New Release: Highway Patrolman DVD

Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Microcinema

Highway Patrolman movie scene

Life and death unfolds on Mexico's sweltering roads in Highway Patrolman.

The 1991 crime drama Highway Patrolman is one of cult filmmaker Alex Cox’s (Sid & Nancy) most acclaimed films.

Microcinema’s release of the movie on DVD marks the first time it has been issued on disc in the U.S.

Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, Highway Patrolman takes an episodic look at the life of Mexico’s young Pedro (Robert Sosa) after he joins his country’s Federal Highway Patrol.  The film begins with Pedro’s cadet training and his rookie assignment in a northern border area and follows him through his taking of bribes and his slow exposure to drug smuggling. In other words, the story eyes its protagonist as his idealism and youthful naivete gives way to adult life and all its complicated choices.

Highway Patrolman (or El Patrullero) is the third Alex Cox movie to be issued on DVD by Microcinema over the past year, following Searchers 2.1 (2007) and 2010’s Straight to Hell Returns, a retooled version of Cox’s 1986 feature Straight to Hell.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.