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THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN is set in rural Texas, and is about teenagers Billie Jean (Helen Slater) and her brother Binx (Christian Slater) who are on an outing at the local swimming hole, when Binx's prize motor scooter is stolen by a gang of thugs. When she tries to get the scooter repaired, she is nearly raped and Binx accidentally shoots the owner of the store. The frightened teenagers then take it on the lam.
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1. Physical appearance - I was expecting a burnt store bought DVD-R with the lack of description on this thing. No, it is a nice cover, and a factory labeled disc. Pretty much on par with the obscure movies that end up in thew Walmart 5 dollar spot. Think of "Howard the Duck", no insert, but a nice case, cover, and the DVD is properly labeled, and unless you know the difference between a DVD and a DVD-R, you probably wouldn't even know it's a DVD-R.
2. Actual Disc - Their is no real menu. Just a generic representation of one. It gives you the option of watching with commentary, or without.
3. Actual film - Ok, so it isn't crystal clear HD amazing quality. But it is BY FAR the best i have ever seen. this is even better than the version that played on HDTV a while back. This movie had sadly ONE VHS release, and it hasn't aged well, if you own a copy you know what i am referring to. All VHS is not created equal, and BJ was an early VHS tape. I am flat blown away by how good it looks. The masters to this movie were lost years ago, which is why it never got an official release, the only reason. I would hypothesize that this was a way for Sony to make money, while answering probably a few thousand requests. The Movie quality compared to a properly Digitally remastered film is about 8 out of 10 (Proper remaster being 10).
4. Good Buy? Are you kidding me?! It's done, if you have wanted a decent copy of this and have been waiting for years your done. Buy it, done deal. I've had bootlegs, VHS, all the above. I am an avid movie fan. I was absolutely relieved to find this. I wanted to get my wife a good copy of this and had just about given up. By one while they have them, because i don't think this one will stay in print too long.
Quickly I will say that I am old enough to have watched this near the time of release and remember it. Although only being around 6-8 when I saw this movie, I have always enjoyed the movie and contiued to do so into adulthood.
My goal is to provide real informaiton for other who are as skeptical as I was when wanting to buy this movie. I had good luck this time in taking a chance. I hope that other find my review helpful.
I did some research and found that a DVD was released somwhere around 2011. If you google the title it can be found at various places from Walmart to Ebay. I am very skeptical of buying anything that seems as though it is a burned copy. I took a chance. The first thing I checked was the physical appearnce followed by the ability to play in a computer.
The DVD itself apprears to be in great quality. It does look like a burned copy. This conclusion is draw from the color that is visible from the side the laser reads. It is blue in color like the underside of a DVD-R disc and not silver like the underside of a disc from a mass produced copy of a movie. The side displaying the title looks like it was professionaly written using lightscribe technology to burn the information to the topside of the disc.
The case and the DVD smell like the plastic has just come from a machine that melted them into the current shape. It smells toxic. As I plan to watch the movie and not sniff the disc, I should be ok. The printed informaiton from the sleeve looks very real, but has some minor flaws in the resolution. It appears to look authentic as if it were printed by Tristar. It has all the standard copy protected warnings and informaiton from the manufacuturer. I am still skeptical about how this could be a copy if copyright laws are protecting the dvd.
As for playing, it did work in my computer. This is often an indication of a cheap copy. While it still may be a copy, it is of higher quality. It plays just fine, sounds great, and looks to be in great picture quality. The disc play shows all the standard warnings about copy rights and distribution. The main menu is very dull with only two options: Play the movie and Play the movie with commentary. I would suspect that it was done from a movie maker program. While not a professional, I have made home movies and title screens with menus for my family. This can be done with about any computer from a decent program.
Finally on DVD and BluRay disks with actor commentary! Very happy the studio finally listened and did this for the fans of this movie.
What do you get when you infuse 'Bonnie & Cylde' 1967 and 'Saint Joan' 1957 and an addition some spaghetti western to making one of the best gulity pleasures of the 1980s -- The Legend of Billie Jean! I have adored this movie since I was six years old, it's more than just a gulity pleasure -- this movie is life. Billie Jean is true heroine all can root for along with her sidekicks: brother Binx, best friends Ophelia and Putter, and later boyfriend Lloyd. While it didn't generator a major box office following in 1985, it still is a great escapism film for movie watchers who enjoy young outlaws seeking fairness and justice against the adults who break the laws themselves. 1985 had some of the best teen films of all-time: The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Teen Wolf, The Goonies, and The Last Dragon. You can feel free to add The Legend of Billie Jean to this list!