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Night Moves Blu-ray Review

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“Night Moves” is a fine neo-noir.

Directed by Arthur Penn who helmed such classics as “Bonnie And Clyde,” “Night Moves” is a 1975 neo-noir that revolves around a former NFL player turned L.A. Detective named Harry who is going through some marital trouble. Harry takes on what seems like a simple case involving the missing daughter (Delly) of a middle aged actress (Arlene), but he soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot involving murder and theft.

Unless you’re a devotee of Gene Hackman, Arthur Penn, film noir and or neo-noir tales, “Night Moves” is an often forgotten 70’s film and I’m not sure why. One can argue the middle act meanders a bit too long and is a little lackadaisical in spots. However, it’s possible writer Alan Sharp’s intent was to develop characters in this period and create a “calm before the storm” atmosphere before the intense finale. Personally, I think the script’s un-Hollywood esque style is part of what makes it work so well. It doesn’t unfold how you’d expect nor does it end how you’d think which is a real rarity. It’s a real thinking person’s movie about choices, family, relationships, the meaning of life, and so on.

Performance wise, there’s a lot to admire here. Gene Hackman is at the top of his game as Harry. He plays a very complex Detective character whose layers (good and bad) come to light as the film progresses. Jennifer Warren may not be a household name nor is her filmography very big, but she shines here as the mysterious Paula. Expect to see lots of memorable supporting roles here from the likes of Melanie Griffith, James Woods, Janet Ward and Susan Clark.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The picture quality has certainly been cleaned up here and it still maintains its 70’s grittyness. A win all around!

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Truthfully, this does not sound like a 2.0 track as it’s quite layered.

Extras include a “Night Moves” trailer and a vintage 8 ½ minute featurette titled “The Day of the Director” that contains film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, etc.

September 11, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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