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Modern Girls [Blu-ray]
(Jerry Kramer, 1986)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 18,978,059,358 bytes
Feature Size: 17,690,953,728 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 20th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1598 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1598 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Interview with co-star Clayton Rohner (5:30)
• Trailer (1:08)
Description:Never Stand in Line! Never Buy Your Own Drinks! Never Stand Next to a Dweeb! Kelly (Virginia Madsen, Slam Dance), Margo (Daphne Zuniga, The Sure Thing) and CeCe (Cynthia Gibb, Malone) have three things in common: they re roommates, they re gorgeous and they re hooked on the glamour and excitement of L.A. s rock and roll nightlife. These daring Modern Girls are in for a night of their lives, because tonight, their usual fun and games get hilariously funny and seriously dangerous when they get mixed up with a rock star; an arrogant ex-boyfriend; a pseudo-sadist and the nicest nerd in the City of Angels. Directed by music video specialist Jerry Kramer (Moonwalker) with an incredible soundtrack featuring the music of Depeche Mode, Chris Isaak, Club Nouveau, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Toni Basil, The Call, T.K.A., Icehouse and many more. Co-starring Clayton Rohner (April Fool's Day) in the dual role of Clifford and Bruno X.
This is teen drama concerns three friends, Margo (Daphne Zuniga), Kelly (Virginia Madsen), and Cece (Cynthia Gibb) whose only pursuit in life is men. The three young women go out to night spots to see what action they can pick up, and one evening Kelly's discarded date Clifford (Clayton Rohner) is conned into driving Margo and Cece to their favorite clubs. Meanwhile, Kelly is close to getting herself into serious trouble.
In ''Modern Girls,'' Cece and Margo and Kelly hold pointless
daytime jobs and live from one night of Los Angeles club-hopping to the
next. They dress up in junk-laden outfits that even Madonna might
consider obvious, then go out to drink and take drugs and make
themselves idly available to whichever men happen to strike their fancy.
But there's no sex in the movie - the possibilities for it are so
omnipresent that the idea isn't even interesting. In any case, it
certainly took nerve to attach a ''Modern'' to this.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Modern Girls is consistent. Colors are bright and appealing in 1080P. The art-direction encapsulates the characters, time and locations very well - lots of eye-candy. There is some occasional grain. The source is clean with no scratches or speckles. This Blu-ray gave me a pleasing, surprisingly strong video presentation.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1598 kbpsin the original English language. The film is less about effects and more the music - a score by Jay Levy and Eddie Arkin but takes a backseat to the snippets of music played in clubs by the likes of Icehouse, Floy Joy, The Call, Kommunity FK, Toni Basil, Depeche Mode, Club Nouveau etc. It all sounds quite crisp with sporadic depth. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Kino Lorber include a new 5.5 minute interview with co-star Clayton Rohner (Clifford / Bruno X) who seems a positive type of chap. There is also a trailer.
October 13th, 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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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