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Directed by Randal Kleiser
USA 1982

 

Peter Gallagher (Sex, Lies and Videotape) and Daryl Hannah (Roxanne) ignite the screen in this scintillating story of love, lust and obsession from Randal Kleiser, the director of The Blue Lagoon and Grease. Michael (Gallagher) and his childhood sweetheart Cathy (Hannah) go to Greece to spend the summer on the isle of Santorini–where, despite his love for Cathy, he finds himself lured by Lina (Valérie Quennessen, French Postcards), a vacationing French archeologist. Lina's exotic beauty mesmerizes Michael, and he becomes torn between the woman he loves and the woman he lusts after. But when he finally reveals his feelings to Cathy, she surprises them both by confronting Lina. When the two women discover that they are drawn to each other, the three lovers find themselves forever affected by the most passionate and inspiring summer of their lives. One of the film’s highlights is the haunting and beautiful score by legendary composer Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian).

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Michael Pappas (Peter Gallagher) and his girlfriend, Cathy (Daryl Hannah), are enjoying the white sand beaches of a Greek island as well as the freewheeling nature of the locals. When Michael meets Lina (Valerie Quennessen), who is in Greece from Paris doing archaeological work, he is enamored with the beautiful foreigner. Cathy, unhappy about Lina getting close to Michael, confronts the woman -- only to be unexpectedly wooed by her charms as well.

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Theatrical Release: July 16th, 1982

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:06.106        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,331,762,136 bytes

Feature: 21,378,521,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.45 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,331,762,136 bytes

Feature: 21,378,521,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.45 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by writer/director Randal Kleiser
"The Making of Summer Lovers" (12:14)
Theatrical Trailer (2:08)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 12th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino Lorber present the 1982, daring-for-its-time, ménage à trois film Summer Lovers to a new Blu-ray package. It's on a single-layered disc in 1080P with a supportive bitrate. It's a product of the 80's less-resilient film stock but looks fairly thick and film-like in HD. There is pleasing detail in the film's close-ups and colors seem true and unembellished. 

The audio transfer is a 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master with a
score by Basil Poledouris (Cherry 2000, RoboCop, The Hunt for Red October, Conan the Barbarian.) However the film is notable for all the pop and rock music, including the theme by Michael Sembello plus tunes by Elton John, Depeche Mode, Stephen Bishop, Tina Turner, Prince, The Pointer Sisters, Chicago and more. It sounds very nostalgic and enjoyably buoyant in the lossless.  There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Kino include an audio commentary by writer/director Randal Kleiser and he references many online reviews of Summer Lovers, as well as the actors ability, or hesitancy, to be naked, the music and the locations. It's very good. There is also an older 12-minute "The Making of Summer Lovers" featurette and a theatrical trailer.

The commentary was a valuable addition and I enjoyed the film's Greek Island scenery (and, yes, the nudity). It shows how prurient we are with
Kleiser mentioning the fervor over Janet Jackson's 'accidental' nudity (one breast aka 'Nipplegate') at a SuperBowl halftime show. Summer Lovers has plenty of skin but it's natural, beautiful and healthy not feeling exploitive at all. The Blu-ray transfer is pleasing and I'm glad I revisited this film. It does carry some nostalgia even still being a superficial, although daringly sexy, romance.

Gary Tooze

 


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