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Corvette Summer Blu-ray Review


“Corvette Summer” is slight, but entertaining.

“Corvette Summer” is a 1978 coming-of-age story that revolves around a Californian high school senior on the verge of graduation named Kenny. While taking a class trip to a junkyard, Kenny falls head over heels in love with a wrecked Corvette Stingray and essentially makes it an auto shop class project to fix it up. Once the car is restored, however, it becomes stolen. By chance, Kenny learns that the car was spotted in Las Vegas and sets out on a journey to recover it (even though it’s not his car). On his journey, he encounters a wannabe prostitute named Vanessa and begins to develop a bond with her. Will Kenny find the car? Can Kenny figure out what he wants in life?

Directed by Matthew Robbins, “Corvette Summer” marked the first film after 1977’s “Star Wars” for Mark Hamill and while it obviously didn’t become a cultural milestone like the sci-fi fantasy classic, it’s a pleasant enough rom-com/teen film. Truth be told, if it wasn’t for Hamill and Annie Potts (of “Ghostbusters” fame), I’m not sure this movie would even work. Hamill does a fine job of shedding his Luke persona by tackling a more grounded teenage character. Well, grounded to a degree anyway. Potts is utterly charming here and has a lot of chemistry with Hamill. Eugene Roche also delivers a fine performance here as the secretive shop teacher. Keep your eyes pealed for some small roles by Brion James, Dick Miller and Danny Bonaduce.

The script by Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood is a bit all over the place. It’s a rather meandering story with plenty of conveniences and an over-the-top goofy ending. The story shines when it focuses on its subjects about dreams, goals, life’s harsh realities and character arcs about the two lost souls (Kenny and Vanessa) trying to find themselves and find love.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is a little on the fuzzy side but it’s a solid upgrade over DVD.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the roar of the corvette engine to the dialogue, this track delivers.

The lone extra is a trailer for “Corvette Summer.”


July 8, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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