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Bright Lights, Big City (Special Edition)

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Editorial Reviews

Michael J. Fox ("Spin City," Back to the Future) just "couldn't be better" (L.A. Daily News) in this "wildly effective [and] truly powerful picture" (David Sheehan, NBC-TV)! Co-starringKiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest and Swoosie Kurtz, and featuring a pulsating soundtrack from New Order, Depeche Mode and Prince, this "chronicle of wasted days and misplaced nights" (Roger Ebert) is a must-see! Jamie Conway (Fox) is an aspiring writer who trades the wheat fields of Kansas for the imposing skyline of Manhattanand the seductive party culture hidden within.When Jamie hits the club scene to enliven his nights and deaden his pain, he takes it to the limit until the limit threatens to take away everything and everyone he's ever loved.

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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Gina Belafonte, Josie Bell
  • Directors: James Bridges
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015RRN9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bright Lights, Big City (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Hoskinson on May 25, 2010
Format: DVD
Is anyone aware of any bonus features on this product? Audio commentary or featurettes. Isn't the intention to REVIEW the PRODUCT being lost here???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Black on April 11, 2008
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Could this finally be a WIDESCREEN VERSION??!! I hope so! This is a classic movie that's sadly only been available in cropped full screen format.

** Time to celebrate! I just read somewhere that this will be a 20 year anniversary release! **
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Durgin on April 2, 2013
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Anybody who has lost themselves in the lifestyle of drugs & partying can relate to this movie. Micheal J Fox performance was phenomenal
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Lindström on August 22, 2014
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This movie is really strong, you can really feel the character Jamie (Michael J Fox) suffering in this. Left by his wife, heavy into drugs and drinking. He is in really bad shape. His friend(?) Allagash (Kiefer Sutherland) is a really party-goer and is his friendship superficial ? Questions you ask yourselves. Have hanged out with guys like Allagash so i can relate to that relationship.
There are very emotional scenes in this, Jamie learning his ex-wife is in town and goes to one of her modeling shows drunk and trying to get an explanation why she left him, she coldly ignores him. And he gets thrown out.
I don't want to give up to much about the story but there is one even stronger scene in the end when he gets contact with his ex. I could relate to many things in this movie and it's probably why I like it so much.

The commentary track is one of the best I've heard.

Audio is DD Surround and it is really sweet to have the eighties back in the room.

Buy it !
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By marriagecoach1 on August 20, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie illustrates the sad fact of drug abuse and all the damage that is done.

Tracy Pollan is sweet in it as the love interest.

What I like was seeing a young Kiefer Sutherland getting his acting chops
who was all too believable as the friend that is too self centered.

Overall, I just found it depressing. I want to be entertained by movies
not demoralized. But for what it is, it hit its mark as a cautionary tale.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on July 24, 2013
Format: DVD
I love the fact that Tom Cruise passed on this, solely because I didn't know that while I was watching the film and the whole time I kept thinking that Michael J. Fox reminded me of a young Tom Cruise. His mannerisms, charisma, delivery; everything just felt very much like 80's Tom Cruise. That is not a bad thing. Think what you will of Mr. Cruise, but he certainly draws in your eye.

Jay McInerney broke out in the 80's as one of those young, tortured writers who exploited his own vices through the printed page. He was friends with Bret Easton Ellis (that should say a lot) and so his books were met with the same amount of intrigue and caution. He just went for it. I have not read `Bright Lights, Big City', but I have a feeling that this big screen adaptation is a lot lighter in tone and is cushioned so as not to be too forthright. Look at what they did to Ellis's own `Less Than Zero' the year before. Gutted it and made it a Lifetime movie. `Bright Lights, Big City' feels like it is mellowed out. Still, there is some great moments here (`Less Than Zero' had a few itself) and so it shouldn't be avoided altogether, despite many considering it forgettable entertainment.

The cast is rather impressive. Michael J. Fox makes the most of a mature role and really nails some vital scenes (his longwinded drunk rant about his wife is perfection) and his narration (which bookends the film) is spot on. The film is stolen by Kiefer Sutherland though. His arrogant, self-centered yet manipulative best friend Tad is a sensational scene stealer, especially in the film's earlier moments. He slides through his dialog with ease and never once flinches an acting muscle. He just IS.
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