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Scarecrow Blu-ray Review


“Scarecrow” is an acting tour de force.

In 1973’s “Scarecrow,” the story centers around two men named Max and Lion. Max is a hothead who has just been released from jail while Lion is a quiet jokester who is back on land after spending 5 years at sea. Max wants to open a car wash in Pittsburgh and visit his sister in Denver while Max wants to visit his son for the first time in Detroit. These 2 strangers cross paths while looking to hitchhike in the middle of nowhere and, from there on out, they became fast friends and eventual business partners. Alas, things don’t do quite go their way (especially since trouble always seems to find them).

“Scarecrow” is short on plot and a bit minimalistic at times, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve always maintained that character is what matters most. You can watch the greatest story unfold before your very eyes but if you don’t care about the characters, it’s all for nothing. With this film, you get great characters. There’s so much depth to Max and Lion. They both have their dreams and have both made their fair share of mistakes, but you ultimately care about them and their friendship. You want them to turn their lives around. Yes, they frequently land themselves in a heap of trouble but it wouldn’t be much of a movie if they were saints.

The greatest pleasure of “Scarecrow” is that you get to witness two titans of acting that at the very top of their game. Gene Hackman is especially noteworthy here as he steals every scene he is in. The movie world is sorely missing his talent these days. As for Pacino, he gives a surprisingly subdued and heartfelt performance. He has the less showy performance to be sure, but when it’s his time to shine (like in the heartbreaking end), he pulls it off. This film will remind you of how good Pacino truly was in the 70’s.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a generally impressive transfer with some truly gorgeous shots. Granted, some shots appear grainy and murky, but the majority of this transfer is top notch.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? There’s a surprising amount of depth here for a 2.0 track. Good stuff.

Extras: “Scarecrow” trailer and a short archival featurette titled “On The Road With: Scarecrow” which contains film clips, narration explaining the film and commenting on scenes, set footage, and more.

May 10, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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