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Fire With Fire [Blu-ray]


(Duncan Gibbins, 1986)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Paramount

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:44:20.254 

Disc Size: 18,962,287,737 bytes

Feature Size: 18,812,325,888 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 31st, 2012



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 862 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 862 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)






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Description: A juvenile delinquent falls in love with a beautiful Catholic girl's school student in this fact-based adolescent melodrama... set in an Oregon forest. The two meet by accident when the troubled young man is out on a nature hike and sees the lovely girl floating in a small lake as she works on a photography assignment. The two are immediately drawn to each other, but neither of their schools encourages contact with the opposite sex and when their relationship is discovered there is trouble all around, forcing the young lovers to flee. The question then remains: will they be able to evade the law and other authorities long enough to find happiness.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE 


The Film:

The boarding school is full of good-looking girls; the ''honor detention camp'' is full of rowdy youths. They get together at a dance that drags along like a marathon. In charge of the boys is a mean-talking character who goes nowhere without his shotgun (Jon Polito). In charge of the girls is Sister Victoria (Kate Reid), who has no discernible character at all. This movie even makes the accomplished Miss Reid boring.

What action there is has to do with the young lovers attempting to escape together. A fire breaks out toward the end, but it does not explain the title. The damp script is in no danger of igniting. The question with which viewers may be left is why it took four people to write this thing.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

A tough, street-smart kid (Craig Sheffer) serving a sentence in a state youth reformatory meets a beautiful Catholic girl (Virgina Madsen) studying in a near by convent. The two are immediately drawn to each other and against all odd, a forbidden love blossoms. Eventually their relationship is discovered and with trouble all around them, the young lovers decide to flee. Will they be able to evade the law and other authorities long enough to find happiness? This modern day Romeo and Juliet boast a strong supporting that includes Jean Smart, D.B. Sweeney, Kari Wuhrer, Kate Reid and Jon Polito. Directed by Duncan Gibbins (Eve of Destruction).

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

Fire With Fire gets Olive Film's usual modest Blu-ray transfer. It is only single-layered and there are quite a few instances of noise. The 1.85:1 original aspect ratio has been bastardized to 1.78:1 - not that it matter too much in the case of this film. Colors are bright enough but contrast is somewhat dusty. There is no depth but the outdoor sequences are more impressive. Detail is not at the high-end but the 1080P supplies a consistent presentation.
















Audio :

The DTS-HD mono track at 862 kbps supports the original music is by Howard Shore - but I wouldn't say it is his most memorable. It is accompanied by pop music of the time including examples like Huey Lewis & The News' "Heart Of Rock And Roll" and Bryan Ferry's "Slave To Love". There is no depth or range to speak of but it seems a faithful transfer without prominent flaws.  There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.



Ehhhh - Fire With Fire is better than I thought, but far from worthiness to be transferred in 1080P, in my opinion.  The Olive Blu-ray seems to do its job supporting this teen-age romance fluff. Certainly it is nothing spectacular for the film or the presentation. Those keen, but with modest expectations, can indulge. 

Gary Tooze

July 29th, 2012

About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 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.

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