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 ›
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.
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 loved it.
This is exactly the cheesy flick kids love to veg out on. There's nothing too complicated to comprehend, just one scene poorly connected to the next.
For those of you with the up-tight American "proper" mindset some of the dialog is a little racier than would be allowed in a modern G, maybe PG feature. No real dirty words, just the occasional sexual dialog that just a little over the line for the strong conservative mindset that I'm guessing is completely in the clear for Australia during the early 80's when this was shot. It's not Disney clean, but might be just within Dreamworks clean.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 80's rule and I like this as much as many of the more popular films.Published 1 month ago by Matthew J. Baur
Let's all be honest. We watched this movie because we wanted to see how terrible of an actress Nicole Kidman was in the beginning of her career. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Reads
I loved this movie. I got to live Manly NSW (movie location) for a year and a half in 1980. Being from Oregon I've been back there sevaral times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
BMX Bandits is just pure fun. Don't expect to be blown away or even enjoy yourself as you watch Nocole Kidman and two Aussie bike bros stumble into the best action packed BMX romp... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy Blankenship
Super cheesy but family fun! My boys were very entertained as were the adults!Published 3 months ago by Mrs H.
Really fun movie. My 6 year old son and I really enjoyed it. It's funny, the story is actually pretty good. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jr
Not as good as I remember it from my childhood,but it's still great.Published 10 months ago by Erik Asher