Eddie and the Cruisers / Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
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Two Iconic Films About The Ultimate Rebel, Rocker & Idol!
EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS
They say rock n roll never dies, but one dark night in 1963, Eddie Wilsons car took a dive off a Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Tom Berenger (Sniper), Michael Pare (Streets of Fire), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix) and Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) star in this cool, compelling classic that really rocks!
Twenty years after the lead singer (Pare) of "Eddie and the Cruisers", disappeared, the bands songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads TV reporter Maggie Foley (Barkin) to pursue a tantalizing mystery: what if Eddie is still alive?
EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS II: EDDIE LIVES!
Get ready to rock! Michael Pare reprises his role as the hot-blooded rebel rocker Eddie Wilson, who, after twenty years, still has "the kind of charisma that drives adolescent girls wild", (L.A. Herald-Examiner).
At the height of fame, rock legend Eddie Wilson (Pare) drove his car into the river and disappeared from the limelight. Twenty years later, his band Eddie and the Cruisers is hotter than ever. Posing as construction worker, Eddie has maintained a quiet life in Canada. But his relentless desire to make music pulls him back to the stage where he forms a new band and an even hotter sound. Meanwhile, to cash in on the revived interest in the band, record executives release an Eddie and the Cruisers "lost tapes", album and promote a worldwide search for the mysterious rocker. As his new band hits center stage, Eddie finally faces the past: his way.
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 15712
- Director : Martin Davidson, Jean-Claude Lord
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 3 hours and 19 minutes
- Release date : April 14, 2015
- Actors : Tom Berenger, Michael Pare, Joe Pantoliano, Ellen Barkin
- Subtitles: : English, English
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B00S0DW5LG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I've been waiting for this Blu-ray release for a long time. I gave the rating four stars instead of five because, I have to admit, I was hoping for more "extras" (i.e., deleted scenes, running commentary by the director and/or actors, interviews, etc.). So, be that as it may, the quality of the picture and the sound seem to be a step up from the previous DVD release, especially where the sequel is concerned. And that's a plus. If you're a fan of the movie(s), this release is recommended.
The first film is great, a Citizen Kane style retelling of what happened with a band and the people in it. The performances were solid all around, though I would admit the ending falls apart a little. The beginning had Frank and Joanne building a relationship, then at the end, it seemed like she was Eddie's girl. The relationships changed to serve the plot, and build an end to the mystery of what happened to the tapes.
The second is great for what it is, but a lot could have gone differently. At the end of the first film (and it's not a spoiler to talk about the end of a 30 year old film) Eddie was revealed with a full beard and his hair parted like Han Solo. In the second film, which supposedly follows on from the first, Eddie's got a tiny moustache and a mullet, neither of which hide his face much, and make the fact no one spots him a bit harder to accept.
Then, the first film is about "words and music," where Word Man was clearly the songwriter for the group and the reason for the band's success. With Tom Berenger not returning or even allowing his face to be shown in flashbacks, it's understandable the screenwriters had to adjust for that, but for Hilton to start talking about "Eddie Wilson lyrics," that sounded a bit grandiose. It isn't as if Eddie couldn't have been practicing in his head for the 18 years, but while I am picking nits, why didn't the new music sound more like "Season in Hell" than "Tender Years"? (The extras do explain the Scotti Brothers were trying to sell a soundtrack, which would be the real reason, but still...)
The scenes with Eddie and Sal were good though, and explained why Eddie left well enough, and overall, it was a fun movie on its own terms, hence my leaving the rating at five stars. It would be 4 and a half if I were allowed.
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If you like the films, I would also recommend picking up the soundtracks to each film. Just be careful which version you buy, especially for the first film, as there are some different released versions and the song tracks may differ.