V.I. Warshawski [Blu-ray]
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When brute force isn't enough to handle the human sludge of the Chicago underworld, private investigator V.I. Warshawski pulls out two of her most lethal weapons -- powerful charm and the skill of a woman who knows all the right moves. A tough-talking, fiercely independent, sexy P.I. with a weakness for pretty shoes, Warshawski is armed with brains and seductive sex appeal.
When pushed to the edge, Warshawski can play hardball with the Windy City's most wanted, including a cold-blooded killer who has murdered Boom-Boom Grafalk, an ex-hockey player who has caught her eye. A just cause is reason enough for Warshawski to take on a new case, and when Boom-Boom's 13-year-old daughter, Kat, retains the detective to ferret out her father's killer, V.I. uncovers a startling conspiracy for murder and money.
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Now about the quality of this Blu-ray disc. be warned it's atrocious thus the 1 star rating. Not for the movie since I just loved Kathleen Turner in this title. In my humble opnion she was at her sexiest and at her peak in looks. Its not a great movie but totally acceptable because of Kathleen's presence. The classic film goddess comes to mind. Any way I had the first standard dvd offered and decided to upgrade for a better picture to Blu-ray. Well it appears sharper but odd that the same white specs and garbage that littered the DVD version is very much apparent here,.. and even in the same places as that earlier version. I do know a little about compression and know that it is possible to re-process the same mpeg2 files used for the first DVD release to a larger different compression scheme such as the 1080p format. The quality would not improve but you can do it. Not saying they did that but it sure appears that way from the print used here. Its identical and since it is highly unlikely for these white specs to repeat themselves exactly where they appeared before on the first issue of the standard DVD. Very sad they didn't use a much better print this time around or just use a print period intead of re-processing the earlier files. Again just my observation here on this Blu-ray treatment of this title. In my opinion not worth upgrading to, since the overall appearance of this movie will just leave you highly disappointed in how some of these companies view the buying public.
The story is nothing new, but does have its own spin. More important are the characters, the way they are revealed, and the growth they display over the course of the story.
V.I. Warshawski is one of several movies that have been released in low-priced Blu Rays where the only "feature" is the feature. Small films that otherwise might be missed. Good entertainment for the money. As such V.I. Warshawski, in the eyes of this film lover, works just fine.
I can't speak for DVDs, but my BluRay version had a fine picture; sound too.
I've just talked myself into ordering a flick of hers I'd missed. As most are, it's a 4-star+ title. (Oops! At $20.95, SWITCHING CHANNELS goes on my wish list. See? $20 for a 1988 Hollywood film? What's that say?)
The plot features a 13 old kid whose father is murdered. Warshawski reluctantly allows the girl to accompany her on the investigation. The young actress playing the daughter wins over Warshwaski, and the hunt begins in earnest to discover who killed her daddy.
Readers of the detective series will spot many of the recurring characters from Paretsky's books, most notably Lottie and Murray. There is the disappointing exception of Mr. Contreras, who is given a tiny role and bears no resemblance to the character in the novels. His usual paternal advice and counsel is handled instead by Charles Durning as the police investigator who grudgingly helps V.I.
I liked this movie and highly recommend that you get yourself a copy -- mostly for Turner's shining screen presence. She may not be the most obvious choice for portraying V.I., but she keeps you enthralled in every scene with her great sense of humor and tough tenacity. It would have been wonderful if this movie had been turned into a series. After the movie ended, I wanted to see more!
The video quality is excellent and was taken from an outstanding print, so you get your money's worth with the DVD version.
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V.I. is sort of a cult flick for our family. I was happy to find it so I could enjoy it all over again.Published 4 months ago by Nancy Jorgensen
I have two blu ray warshawski, such a bargain price. Don't know why many bash this film. I think it's so unique. Kathleen turner is so remarkable in it.Published 5 months ago by I.B.