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Miracle Mile [Blu-ray]

 

(Steve De Jarnatt, 1988)

 

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Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Miracle Mile Productions Inc.

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:28:04:475

Disc Size: 27,837,754,971 bytes

Feature Size: 18,666,283,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.15 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 28th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1716 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1716 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

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

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

Audio Commentary with Director Steve De Jarnatt and Film Critic Walter Chaw
Audio Commentary with Steve De Jarnatt, DP Theo van de Sande and Production Designer Chris Horner
Excavations From the Editing Room Tar Pits - Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers (11:20)
Supporting Cast and Crew Reunion (14:24)
Harry and Julie: Interview with stars Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham (12:23)
Alternate Diamond Ending (4:30)
Trailers for MIRACLE MILE (2:15) and CHERRY 2000 (2:25)

 

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Description: What would you do if you knew you only had an hour to live? This intense, eerily euphoric romantic thriller stars Anthony Edwards (Top Gun) and Mare Winningham (St. Elmo's Fire) in a frighteningly plausible story that yanks you by the lapels and draws you into a high-velocity roller coaster. After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams... unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour! Not sure if this is a prank or an omen, Harry races through L.A., fighting angry mobs of terrified people in desperate search for Julie (Winningham). Steve De Jarnatt (Cherry 2000) stylishly directed this cult-classic that features a stellar cast that includes John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, Kurt Fuller and Denise Crosby.

 

 

The Film:

Miracle Mile starts conventionally enough, with bashful musician Anthony Edwards going ga-ga over waitress Mare Winningham. After a pleasant if somewhat quirky day together, Edwards and Winningham plan a tete-a-tete at the all-night restaurant where the girl works. While preparing to call her on a pay phone, Edwards intercepts a frantic call from a soldier stationed at a Midwestern missile silo. The message: nuclear warheads have been launched, and it's only 70 minutes to Armageddon! This unsettling news casts severe doubts over the future of Edwards' and Winningham's relationship.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

 

A nuclear thriller with a devastating narrative hook. Having arranged to meet a new girlfriend (Winningham) after her night shift at an LA diner, trombone-player and shy romantic Harry (Edwards) oversleeps and misses her. At 4.05 am, he picks up a ringing pay-phone outside the diner, and a voice screams 'It's happening! I can't believe it. We're locked into it...50 minutes and counting'. Is this some late-night freak's joke, or has a chance crossed line given Harry warning of impending nuclear Armageddon? With one deft stroke, writer-director DeJarnatt taps into the nightmare of being the first to know about the (possible) end of the world, and the awesome responsibility of having to communicate this news to others. The patrons of the Miracle Mile diner are understandably sceptical, but with less than an hour to live, Harry's personal priorities come sharply into focus. Cleverly written, authentically staged and sympathetically played, it's brave, uncompromising, and above all, frighteningly believable.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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

The Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Miracle Mile has similar features to many other 80's films put to 1080P. There is a thickness that doesn't always export a film-like presence. It is consistent and clean and colors are solid but not rich. Contrast seems decent for the most part and the frequent darker scenes don't exhibit any undue noise. The visuals aren't particularly remarkable but I do believe they give an accurate representation. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, and worry-free, viewing in regards to the picture quality.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1716 kbps in the original English language. There are some adroit effects in the film - fire, guns etc. The score is composed by Paul Haslinger (his first of many features) plus some music from the distinctive pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream (Risky Business, Thief, Sorcerer etc.) It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Kino Lorber don't scrimp on the extras on this release. We get audio commentaries first with director Steve De Jarnatt and film critic Walter Chaw (who wrote a book, entitled Miracle Mile) dealing with a lot of the depth of the film and a second with De Jarnatt, DP Theo van de Sande and Production Designer Chris Horner - being more production based. I had heard neither before. Fans will eat these up. There is also a dozen minutes entitled Excavations From the Editing Room Tar Pits - Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers but mostly through poor generation quality clips. There is the 1/4 hour supporting cast and crew reunion footage with each giving an intro etc. Harry and Julie is a 12-minute interview with stars Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham discussing their roles and the concept behind Miracle Mile. We get the Alternate Diamond Ending running about 4.5 minutes and, lastly, trailers for Miracle Mile (2:15) and Cherry 2000 (2:25).

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Miracle Mile is a quite a thought-provoking film. I wasn't really enthused by the cast, but found the premise an inviting one - it impressed me and the film comes together to express a very important, universal, concern. I'm a shade more keen on director Steve De Jarnatt's Cherry 2000, his only other feature-length film (and also an upcoming Kino Lorber BD). The Kino Lorber Blu-ray
probably offers a decent replication  of the theatrical and it did give me the opportunity to see the film again after such a long time. I thought the Blu-ray had distinct value - especially with the breadth of the supplements. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

July 2nd, 2015

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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