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5.0 out of 5 stars The one-star review is completely wrong - this is a fantastic release!!, 7 April 2009
This review is from: Nighthawks/Strip Jack Naked - Nighthawks 2 [Blu-ray] [1978][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Pay no attention to the misinformed 1-star review below. The BFI have done us a great service in bringing NIGHTHAWKS to Blu-Ray and DVD in such amazing editions. Aside from possibly Masters Of Cinema, I can think of no other label that would produce such lavish definitive editions for a title like this, and they deserve full marks for producing what so far is my Blu-Ray release of the year.

After all these years, NIGHTHAWKS remains one of the benchmarks of gay cinema and the new restoration looks fantastic. According to the booklet, director Ron Peck personally supervised all the transfers and worked directly with the BFI from the original negatives and the results are terrific.

But equally well-served are the extensive extras in this edition, including NIGHTHAWKS 2/STRIP JACK NAKED (my personal favourite film in the set, and key to further understanding the earlier film), WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MALE NUDE, EDWARD HOPPER, and a number of other short films and videos.

The earlier reviewer is right about one thing however, and that is that not all the films are offered on the Blu-Ray disc. And there is a very good reason for that, in that some of the films such as NIGHTHAWKS 2 were originally made on regular standard video formats in the 1980s - meaning making them HD would be pointless. These films are on the DVD disc that comes with the Blu-Ray and look as good as they ever will.

Did I mention the booklet? It's huge! And chock full of contributions from Ron Peck, new essays, vintage reviews, stills, posters and reprinted correspondence. There's also a great deal of material detailing the controversy NIGHTHAWKS was met with upon release. Very illuminating indeed!

Far from a rip-off, the BFI is to be applauded for making these films available again, for working with the director and the original materials, and for going to the expense of presenting all these films in the highest standard possible - on Blu-Ray no less! Bravo BFI!!
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