'Bloodstone: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Brett Stimely, Rajinikanth, Anna Nicholas, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1988) 2020 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: The Bloodstone, a priceless stolen ruby, accidentally ends up in the possession of American newlyweds Sandy (Brett Stimely, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death) and Stephanie (Anna Nicholas, Remington Steele).
Now, their honeymoon in India is interrupted as they become the target of international fence Van Hoeven (Christopher Neame, The Prestige) and his evil henchmen.
When Van Hoeven kidnaps Stephanie and ransoms her for the jewel, Sandy joins forces with cabby and dormant stunt-driver Shyam Sabu (Rajinikanth, 2.0) to rescue his young bride.
Blu-ray Verdict: For my money, 'Bloodstone' is one of those forgotten films of the '80s that deserved so much more!
Most people who saw it in the theater then have forgotten they did and the movie disappeared from theaters never to be heard from again - that is, until now!
I, for one, was one of the people that forgot about this film. For years my memory of the film lay dormant, then one day I saw it on the shelf at one of my local DVD stores (remember them?!).
I was totally surprised to see it, so I picked it up. But now, the wonderful folks are MVD Visual have brought out a simply stunning new Blu-ray Special Edition of the film, digitally remastered, with plenty of delightful Special Features.
As for the movie, it brought back great memories. The story is your average adventure affair, much like 'Indiana Jones,' 'Romancing The Stone', and the brilliant, and itself highly underrated 'Firewalker,' but it does have many comical moments too.
For me, the best part of the film is the police chief that speaks with a funny back-of-the-throat vocal growl! I found myself mimicking this voice for days after I initially saw the movie!
The film was a pleasure with its adventure, off-the-wall humor, and exotic locations. If you like adventure films, give this lost gem a try, you won't be disappointed. And for those of you who saw the movie, and can't remember, well, it's time to refresh your memories, my darlings! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 2.0 Stereo PCM Uncompressed audio and 5.1 Surround audio options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Optional Greek subtitles
Brand new audio commentary by Bryan Reesman
Keeping it to Myself brand new interview with producer and co-writer Nico Mastorakis
Brand new video essay on Bloodstone s star Rajinikanth by Indian cinema expert Josh Hurtado
Original screenplay [BD-ROM content]
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe
'Bloodstone' Official HD Trailer