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Disturbing Behavior Blu-ray Review

‘Disturbing Behavior’ has a lot to say, but falls short in the end.

Directed by David Nutter and scripted by Scott Rosenberg, 1998’s ‘Disturbing Behavior’ is a sci-fi horror mystery that takes place in the Washington island town Cradle Bay. The story revolves around a trio of central characters including the new teen in town (Steve), the goth girl Rachel, and the smart alec stoner (Gavin) who is a bit of a conspiracy theorist (although he may know what is really going on). To say there’s something very off about this community is putting it lightly. There’s something particularly strange about the seemingly perfect cool kids that are part of the Blue Ribbon group at the local high school. Not only do they act differently from the rest of the students, but they are prone to violence (especially when aroused). As dead bodies begin to pop up, it becomes clear that these students are in fact linked to something deadly, but what? Only Steve, Rachel and Gavin may be able to find the truth.

Although the film bears a strong resemblance to ‘The Stepford Wives,’ ‘Disturbing Behavior’ has enough unique concepts to grab your interest from the get go as the story explores mind control, individuality, popularity, adolescence, and conformity. Add in the multi-genre angles that include everything from a mad Doctor to a Twin Peaks-ian small town vibe and you’ve got a compelling 90’s teen movie. Unfortunately, the story falls apart in the end. The ending favors action set pieces and reeks of studio interference. It doesn’t feel like the rest of the movie, but it does feel like the ending went through many iterations. There’s also a fair amount of lines that make you wonder how they ended up in the final product because they are that groan worthy. With that said, ‘Disturbing’ is still worth a watch (especially if you are nostalgic about it). 

Cast wise, there’s no shortage of talent here as Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl, Bruce Greenwood, William Sadler, and Katharine Isabelle all have substantial roles. Katie Holmes shines ina  very early role and it’s easy to see why James Marsden went on to have the biggest career of anyone here. Sadler gives a very weird performance but it stands out. The real scene stealer though is Nick Stahl. You’re reminded of just how good of an actor he was early on. 

Last, but not least there’s the rock fueled soundtrack. Even though it’s been 24 years since my last viewing, the inclusion of The Fly’s “Got You (Where I Want You)” and Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta” remain firmly planted in my brain. 2 memorable tunes that work well in this movie. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This new MVD Rewind Collection release isn’t the best transfer. There are noticeable print defects and the picture is a little fuzzy for my liking.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 LPCM. How does it sound? The tracks are a little flat but serviceable. 

* Mini-poster
* Original theatrical trailer for ‘Disturbing Behavior,’ ‘At Close Range,’ ‘The Chocolate War,’ and ‘Canadian Bacon.’
* 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director David Nutter
* Commentary by David Nutter.


October 2, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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