|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
Risky Business [Blu-ray]
(Paul Brickman, 1983)
Review by Gary Tooze
Warner Home Video
Feature Runtime: 1:39:08
Feature film disc size: 24.5 Gig (disc is dual-layered)
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 16th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: TrueHD 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1 DUBs:
French: 2.0, Spanish 1.0
• Commentary with director Tom Cruise, director
Paul Brickman and producer Jon Avnet (only accessible
with BonusView of BDLive capability)
• Director's Cut of the Final Scene - 7:24 (in HD)
Digital Copy of the film
Product Description: Little did Tom Cruise know that he would become a box-office superstar after he cranked up some Bob Seeger and played air guitar in his underwear. But there's more to this 1983 hit than the arrival of a hot young star. Making a stylish debut, writer-director Paul Brickman crafted a subtle satire of crass materialism wrapped in an irresistible plot about a crafty high schooler named Joel (Cruise) who goes into risky business with the beguiling prostitute Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) while his parents are out of town. Joel turns his affluent Chicago-suburb home into a lucrative bordello and forms a steamy personal and professional partnership with Lana, but only as long as the two can avoid the vengeful pimp Guido (Joe Pantoliano) and keep their customers happy. A signature film of the 1980s, Risky Business still holds up thanks to Cruise's effortless charm and the movie's timeless appeal as an adolescent male fantasy.
"Risky Business" is a movie about male adolescent guilt. In other words, it's a comedy. It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy.
This description may make "Risky Business" sound
like a predictable sitcom. It is not. It is one of the
smartest, funniest, most perceptive satires in a long
time. It not only invites comparison with "The
Graduate," it earns it. Here is a great comedy about
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This dual-layered Blu-ray image doesn't appear to scale the 1080P heights fans may have been anticipating but take into account that the film is 25 years-old now (hard to believe - I know.) Once again this 'age' factor seems to have a huge impact on the quality of the Blu-ray presentation. I expect the source and the original film appeared quite similar to how this high-definition transfer represents. But in comparison to more modern film to Blu-ray, viewers may find it a shade inadequate. Colors appear true, if not brilliant, detail is superior to SD but never razor sharp, and background noise exists, at times, with notable prominence. So, although a healthy notch above SD-DVD, I don't feel Risky Business approaches the extravagance of image quality that most hope, and expect, from a Blu-ray viewing. But, folks, this is how the film looks - no fault of Warner's transfer. Fans may wish to indulge though solely based on its superiority over SD-DVD and other factors (great extras, audio - see below). I mean, it is a very acceptable looking image for a film of its time/production and there is no DNR or edge enhancement that I could detect. The screen captures (linked to full-resolution versions) can hopefully give you an idea of what Risky Business on Blu-ray will look like on your system.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
September 13th, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze