BMX Bandits [Blu-ray]
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The BMX sport which later became a craze was just getting started when I was in high school, and it was interesting to watch here. The film is not Oscar material, and some would consider it a hokey teen exploitation movie. Thankfully there wasn't any noticeable bad language or explicit sex. One reviewer said it fits into the "so bad it's good" category. Maybe, but for me anyway it seems a little better than that.
Also, as an American I found it more interesting to watch because it's an Australian-made film. I bought it in a five-movie collection DVD I found in the bargain bin at WalMart, and I wasn't really paying too much attention to who was in it when I popped it in to relax one evening. As I was looking at the girl, I thought, "She looks kind of familiar with her Aussie accent... hey wait...could it be? It's Nicole Kidman!" Her presence made me keep watching to see how she handled her earliest film role.
The criminals in the movie start off as real badasses, with ominous music playing in the background (which later becomes amusing). A couple of them quickly degenerate into "Home Alone" style bad guys ineptly chasing the two dudes and Nicole all over the city (including going down the tubes of a water slide!). The teenagers could now identify them, and had taken the walkie-talkies (remember them?Read more ›
Nicole Kidman was unknown when it came out. Now that she's a big star, she probably wants it to be forgotten, but I'm glad it isn't.
It's a great kid's action movie. Anyone who's ever been on a BMX bike will love it, and if you have a sense of humor you'll find David Argue absolutely hysterical.
It's a guilty pleasure!
You wouldn't expect an 80s-era, low budget movie to be improved on quality-wise with a Blu-Ray release, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised. They can't work miracles, obviously -- the audio isn't going to pop in a way it never did before -- but the colours in the picture, and the quality of the picture are way beyond what I would have expected for a movie like this.
Obviously, it's not going to look as good as a brand-new release, but it's easily the best transfer of this movie to date.
Ho-hum. Nothing like scenes of kids riding bicycles, popping wheelies, and out smarting adults.
I am not sure kids today would even be interested in this film. And if you're a perv who stalks Nicole Kidman, you might want to pass on this one too unless you are also into bicycle seats. This was made before Kidman could act.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
I have seen previous versions of the film, and they all had distorted full-screen pictures. That has been corrected, and the movie looks terrific.
As for the movie itself, it is a lot of fun, and seeing Nicole Kidman at 15 is a treat. This is a kids movie that adults will enjoy as much as the young ones will. Highly recommended.
i saw this when i was a kid and then picked it up a few years ago on a bargin rack. Nicole Kidman is a long way displace from her oscar speech, but you gotta love this movie. Cheezy music and stunts, the outfits are painful, but the story is so goofy-unbelievable you gotta love it!
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Brings back memories! Haven't seen it in years! Not the "greatest movie ever" but was great as a kid and one of only a few BMX movies made that I know of. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert J. Neal
Not as good as I remember it from my childhood,but it's still great.Published 4 months ago by Erik Asher
How can anyone not love Nicole Kidman as a teenager. Oops, didnt mean to sound creepy!Published 5 months ago by Angel Rosado
Loved this movie as a kid. Like it even more as an adult watching it with my son who thinks it is so cool.Published 7 months ago by Hossenfeffer
BMX was just getting big enough for media attention, this came out and was perfect for teens into BMX racing, Didn't hurt to have Nicole K. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hactic Bidster