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Michael Blu-ray Review

Michael

“Michael” remains a deeply underrated 90’s gem.

In 1996’s “Michael,” Chicago tabloid journalists Frank, Huey (and his beloved dog Sparky) are assigned to travel to Iowa to investigate an apparent angel named Michael alongside a new alleged angel expert (Dorothy). Upon arrival, their skepticism seems to fade despite Michael being a very unconventional angel that smokes, loves sugar, battles, and smells like dessert. With some stipulations, Michael agrees to return to Chicago with the journalists, but the journey takes some unexpected but meaningful turns for all involved. 

Directed by Nora Ephron and written by Nora and Delia Ephron, Peter Dexter and Jim Quinlan, “Michael” is the type of quirky original comedy you just don’t see enough of these days. It’s one of those multi-genre comedies that explores all sorts of topics such as roadside attractions, religion, love, and America’s heartland. And pie. Lots of pie. In all seriousness though, this movie has become a sort of forgotten gem over the years. It was a big hit at the time of its release, but it doesn’t often get mentioned nearly enough, but it should. It’s a charming, feel good movie that has a bit of an edge all while never coming across as preachy or sappy. Plus the soundtrack and Randy Newman’s delightful score don’t hurt either.

The cast here is stacked with talent like William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, John Travolta, Robert Pastorelli, Andie MacDowell, Joey Lauren Adams, Jean Stapleton, Sparky the scene stealing dog and even bit parts by Terri Garr, Richard Schiff and Carla Gugino. Travolta gives one of his best performances here (especially in the past 25 years). He’s clearly having a blast as the titular archangel and it shows in every frame. Andie MacDowell is also giving one of her career best as the secretive Dorothy with a penchant for writing country western lyrics. Another standout is Robert Pastorelli. He isn’t a name that often comes up anymore, but he’s an underrated actor with a great screen presence and legit comedic timing. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the most picturesque transfer, it is a solid upgrade over the DVD nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From Newman’s score to the soundtrack, this is a crisp 5.1 track.

The lone extra is a “Michael” trailer

August 5, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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