'Bright Lights, Big City: MVD Rewind Collection'
(Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest, Swoosie Kurtz, et al / Blu-ray / R / (1988) 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.
Blu-ray Verdict: Three decades after this "wildly effective... powerful" (NBC-TV) cautionary tale from director James Bridges (The China Syndrome) and Academy Award® Winning Producer Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa) first wowed moviegoers, it remains as relevant and enthralling as ever.
Making its debut on disc in high definition featuring screenwriter commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, still photos and more, this 30th Anniversary Edition packs a delicious punch!
'Bright Lights, Big City' is one of Michael J. Fox's better dramatic films, in my opinion. Why? Because we gradually see that while his character, Jamie Conway, seems to be holding it together, he is actually dying on the inside.
We start out at last call at a nightclub, where we learn Jamie's wife left him to model in Paris. As time goes on, we see Jamie fall apart, losing his job, dignity, and nearly his sanity in a desperate, hopeless attempt to keep up appearances and fool everyone around him; and himself, into believing everything is alright.
The disjointed feel, repetitive flashbacks, and haunted tone of his actions show the viewer that this is a man who seriously needs help to get out of the hell his life has become.
Although it might seem like this was excessive in response to his wife leaving, in the end, we find out what started all this: his mother's long illness and death.
She had died a year before, and the drugs, booze, and work fixation had been Jamie's, destructive, way of denying his pain and grief.
I will admit this is a hard movie to watch. However, Fox's portrayal of the dark side of the fast lane and self destruction is truly excellent.
Indeed, as someone who has lost a parent young, I can say it realistically depicts the true damage that grieving can cause, especially when denied for so long. Ergo, if you want to see Michael J. Fox in a serious movie, watch this, especially now that it's out as this wondrous 30th Anniversary, fully-loaded Blu-ray! This is a brand new High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo, Spanish Mono
English, French and Spanish Subtitles
Commentary with Author/Screenwriter Jay McInerney
Commentary with Cinematographer Gordon Willis
"Jay McInerney's The Light Within" featurette
"Big City Lights" featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer