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Miracle Mile [Blu-ray]
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When Harry (Anthony Edwards, Zodiac, ER) meets Julie (Mare Winningham, Turner & Hooch) at the La Brea Tar Pits, it s love at first sight. But when Harry s alarm clock fails to go off, he misses their scheduled date by several hours. Alone on a street corner at four in the morning, he answers a ringing pay phone and picks up a garbled message that all-out nuclear war is set to begin in an hour s time. With the clock ticking and the city spiralling into chaos, can Harry somehow track down Julie and get them both to safety before Armageddon?
In 1983, American Film magazine called Miracle Mile one of the ten best unproduced screenplays, though Hollywood baulked at its idiosyncratic mix of black comedy, romance and nuclear holocaust. Years later, writer Steve De Jarnatt (Cherry 2000) bought back the rights to his own script and in 1988 made the film on his own terms. The result is a madcap end-of-the-world adventure like no other, as hilarious as it is disturbing, featuring scintillating views of nocturnal LA and a hypnotic score by Tangerine Dream.
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Gym wear. Check.
Tangerine Dream on the soundtrack. Check.
It must be another '80s film, and it is but one thats getting its first release since the days of VHS.
Miracle Mile is one of my favorite films, I long ago wore out my old copy taped from terrestrial TV, so its great to finally have a region 2/B friendly copy. Its basically a love story set during an imminent nuclear holocaust, a bleak but wonderfully engrossing film that defies easy pigeon-holing.
Arrows Blu/DVD combo has a nice booklet with liner notes from the mighty Tim Lucas and the usual reversible sleeve art and for once I prefer Arrows new artwork on the cover.
Extras are good with features, interviews with the cast and director, although the alternative ending is a letdown.
Grain is present and correct and the picture is beautiful with vibrant colors, blacks good etc. However there is very slight print damage, back and white specks, evident more or less the entire run-time. You can go 20-30 seconds without seeing damage but some will find it unacceptable. Arrow must have looked at the figures and known full restoration costs would not be recouped in the UK.
Its a price to pay I suppose just to have this long overlooked film in my collection.
I think it came on around mid morning and it hooked me from the beginning. This film has always stayed with me even though I have not seen it for getting on twenty years. On viewing again I still love it. Very eighties but the sense of tension is still there.Great performance by Anthony Edwards and the soundtrack is by Tangerine Dream so I don't need to go on. The biggest surprise was finding Brian Thompson was the helicopter pilot. Fantastic.
Eighties bad hair, terrible clothes... yes.
Eighties Tangerine Dream electronic soundtrack... yes.
Eighties glossy MTV style filming... yes.
Movies like this don't get made very often... if at all these days.
It's a classic 'What if?' scenario 'feel bad' movie.
What starts off as a friendly enough run of the mill cheesy eighties romance with Jazz musician Harry meeting his 'perfect girl', turns on you when he arrives late for their first date and intercepts a phone call from a military installation informing him that "we are locked in" and that in less than an hour, nuclear war will reduce the civilised world to ashes.
Harry is then faced with the task of tracking down the 'love of his life', convincing others of the impending armageddon, and somehow getting the hell out of there.
It makes you wonder how you'd react yourself if you were the only civilian who knew that nuclear holocaust was just an hour away.
If you want a belly laugh for all the right reasons, go watch some Laurel & Hardy.
This movie does NOT want to be your friend...
But will stay with you long after you've ejected the DVD.
Bonus Feature: Original Trailer.
Oh,... and Why ain't this ever been released on Region 2?
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