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Brewster McCloud Blu-ray Review

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“Brewster McCloud” is not your typical Robert Altman film.

Bud Cort stars as the titular character who secretly lives in the Astrodome and is obsessed with building wings so that he can fly away. Aside from one friend who looks out for him (a mysterious criminal named Louise), he is mostly a loner. That all changes, however, when he meets a rebellious young woman who works at the Astrodome named Suzanne.

Amidst all of that, there’s also a key plot involving a string of murders. An out of town supercop (Frank Shaft) is called in to investigate the murders and track down the killer. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an eccentric ongoing narrator of sorts called the Lecturer who babbles on about birds.

Robert Altman is perhaps best known for directing big ensemble movies, but he did make movies outside of that realm. The 1970 cult movie “Brewster McCloud” is one of those off the beaten path entries. This is a weird movie. It breaks the fourth wall at times, it’s not PC, the dark comedy is bonkers, it defies conventions, there are numerous parallels between birds and humans, the music is all over the place, there’s a lengthy car chase that comes out of nowhere, and Stacy Keach plays a racist old rich man in the beginning. And that’s just some of what to expect here. Suffice it to say, “Brewster McCloud” certainly takes risks, but I can’t quite say this jumbled mess of a movie pans out. At the same time, it’s unique elements are what make it watchable to begin with. Make of that as you will.

The cast is fascinating. Bud Cort excels once again as a strange and disturbed individual. In her movie debut, Shelley Duvall shines as Suzanne. Sally Kellerman gives an intriguing performance as Louise (although I wish more would have been done with this character). Rene Auberjonois swings for the fences as the disheveled and odd Lecturer. Michael Murphy plays it straight as the serious Detective Frank Shaft. As mentioned above, Stacy Keach gives the most memorable performance as the despicable old man Abraham.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.4:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors are noticeably sharper with this hi-def release.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A surprisingly lively 2.0 track (especially during the car chase).

The lone extra is a “Brewster McCloud” trailer.

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December 17, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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