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Memoirs Of An Invisible Man Blu-ray Review

Memoirs

“Memoirs Of An Invisible Man” never takes full advantage of its premise.

Based on the book by H.F. Saint, 1992’s “Memoirs Of An Invisible Man” revolves around a stock analyst (Nick) who is basically floating through life. His life is turned upside down when an accident causes him to become invisible. As he tries to find a way to return to normal, a crazed CIA employee (David) is pursuing him with the intent of capturing him (if not worse). Amidst all this, Nick finds himself falling for a documentarian (Alice).

“Memoirs Of An Invisible Man” was a departure for director John Carpenter who was noted for his horror and sci-fi fare. While ‘Memoirs’ does have a sci-fi element, it’s more of a big budget comedy with big visual effects that were ahead of their time. Unfortunately, this experiment didn’t quite pan out although I don’t think Carpenter is to blame. His direction and implementation of the FX are undoubtedly the highlight of the entire production. It’s the script penned by William Goldman, Dana Olsen and Robert Collector that lets the film down. 

Whenever you make a movie about an invisible man, the sky is pretty much the limit. Alas, imagination is lacking here as any potential is squandered amidst a very singular and basic storyline. It almost feels like the movie is on auto-pilot at times with its generic villain, comedic invisible antics by Chevy Chase, and the predictable, abrupt and anti-climactic ending. Sure, the film holds your interest and has a few amusing moments (the cab sequence is the funniest part by a mile), but the story is in need of something more than a simple love story and a bad guy. More character and story depth would have gone a long way here.

Speaking of the characters, the cast is pretty stacked with talent such as Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael McKean, Patricia Heaton, and Rosalind Chao. Only Chase and Hannah really stand out though. Although far from peak Chevy Chase, he does seem invested and game here which isn’t always the case.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? The new 2K scan is largely a success. Yes, the print is a little fuzzy in spots, but, for the most part, this is a quality upgrade from past releases.

Audio Track: DTS-HD MA Stereo. How does it sound? This track does the job.

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer and TV spots
* 3 minutes of outtakes/deleted footage
* 5 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage
* “How To Become Invisible: The Dawn Of Digital F/X”- A vintage featurette on the early pioneering digital FX of ‘Memoirs.’
* 5 minutes of vintage interviews with John Carpenter, Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah

May 3, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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