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Bright Lights, Big City Blu-ray Review

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Michael J. Fox shines in “Bright Lights, Big City.”

Jamie’s life in New York is falling apart. His model wife left him, he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol, his magazine editing job isn’t going well, and he’s haunted by the past. He wants to go down a new path by becoming a writer, but can he figure his life out and work through his problems in order to achieve his goal?

Based on the novel by Jay McInerney (who also penned the screenplay for the feature film adaption), “Bright Lights, Big City” is not the type of Hollywood film you see anymore. Although there are comedic elements like the ferret scene, this is a serious character drama about finding yourself, harsh reality, failure, addiction, avoiding the truth, and realizing the big city life isn’t always what you have dreamed about. There’s nothing formulaic about it, it doesn’t flow like a standard drama, it doesn’t tackle the normal subject matters, it’s challenging, and the main character is a deeply flawed individual. As a result, there’s something quite refreshing about the more adult “Bright Lights, Big City” even though the film is not a new release (it originally hit theaters back in 1988).

Likewise, this was an unusual role for Michael J. Fox who was starring in a lot of mainstream and or lighthearted fare like “Back To The Future,” “Teen Wolf,” and what have you. Unsurprisingly, the underrated actor dives head first into this deep role and crushes it as Jamie. He truly does carry this film as it’s his movie and his movie alone. That’s not to say there’s a lack of supporting cast members because there isn’t. This movie is stacked with talent like Kiefer Sutherland, Frances Sternhagen, Phoebe Cates, Swoosie Kurtz, Dianne Wiest, John Houseman, Jason Robards and even a young David Hyde Pierce. The roles vary in size with Sutherland having the most screentime of the lot, but everyone makes an impression.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a fine hi-def upgrade.

Audio Track: 2.0 PCM Stereo. How does it sound? It’s a Stereo track, but it’s decent nonetheless.

Extras:
* Fold-out poster
* Photo gallery
* “Bright Lights, Big City” trailer and trailers for other MVD Rewind titles.
* “Big City Lights Featurette” contains film clips, interviews, story and character discussions, etc.
* “Jay McInerney’s The Light Within Featurette”- An interview with the author (who also penned the screenplay).
* 2 commentary tracks. One by Jay McInerney and the other by cinematographer Gordon Willis.

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December 9, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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