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Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy rekindle their chemistry from The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire in this taut thriller. After learning that his father, the mayor of Blue City, has been murdered, Billy Turner (Nelson) must track down the killer. Nelson excels as a wisecracking hero who isn't afraid to bust a few heads to get the information he needs. Supporting work from David Caruso and a standout score by Ry Cooder keep the excitement level high until the explosive conclusion.
Okay, so maybe this old 80's Walter Hill co-written revenge flick ain't everybody's cup of tea. Maybe most don't even remember this seemingly forgettable Judd Nelson/Ally Sheedy re- teaming. And maybe some will be fully angered by the fact that even though it's now finally on a DVD format, this version of Blue City has not one single extra or featurette to choose from. (I'll admit it does sting a bit!) But as far as the flick goes, I simply don't care - I am a huge closet supporter of Blue City, my number one guilty pleasure film of all time. The basic story of spoiled kid Judd Nelson who returns home to find his father has been murdered and vows revenge is helped by its rather adolescent view on the classic revenge genre - think the brat pack meets Death Wish. So what makes Blue City so near and dear to my heart? It could be the sassy yet uber-cheesy script, the very cool amateurish direction by first time filmmaker Michelle Manning, or even the riveting and memorable score by Hill staple musician Ry Slide Guitar Cooder. Hell, even the myriad of Razzie nominated performances could be the films' charm; Judd Nelson as the wonderfully obnoxious scorned son, Ally Sheedy as his gal Friday, a very young David NYPD Blue Caruso as Billy's spirit shattered best friend, Paul Winfield as the smarmy chief of police and even Scott Wilson as Billy's foe - all provide delicious over the top work. But in the end it's a firm yet cheesy mix of all of the above that gives Blue City its staying power in my book. As I mentioned, it's a dismal outlook in terms of extras, a real letdown for an uber-fan like myself. (Is Michelle Manning really that busy producing that a commentary track is totally undoable - it's your baby Michelle, have a heart!) Hell, even a retrospective look at the glorious cast or Razzie nominations could have been a half decent extra. (Did you know that Near Dark's Jenny Wright was originally going to play the role portrayed by Sheedy - they should have let me have a crack at the special features dammit!) So while Blue City doesn't unveil any additional wares this time out, the simple restoration (you can hear background sounds now!) and release of this beloved Coleman classic on DVD is reason enough to celebrate. --Jason Coleman of The213.net
Disastrous 1986 adaptation of a Ross Macdonald novel (he provided the source material for the classic 1966 Paul Newman film Harper and its forgettable 1975 sequel The Drowning... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph H Smart
I had this on VHS and of course this release an improvement visually and sonically, Nelson in good form,
and the ending (my lips are sealed) is rather unpredictable (good! Read more