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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Modern Girls [Blu-ray]

 

(Jerry Kramer, 1986)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Atlantic Releasing Corporation

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:24:03.204 

Disc Size: 18,978,059,358 bytes

Feature Size: 17,690,953,728 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 20th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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)

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• Interview with co-star Clayton Rohner (5:30)

Trailer (1:08)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

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.

 

 

The Film:

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.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

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.

The film itself, as directed by Jerry Kramer, does have its up-to-the-minute qualities. Mr. Kramer's previous experience has mostly been in rock video, which means he knows how to make a high-energy musical montage out of virtually anything, and has no idea of how to advance a story.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1598 kbps in 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.

 

Extras :

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.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Modern Girls is not my type of film - but it was better than I thought it was going to be. It had some pretty cute scenes and is captured by its own energy - less-hollow than you might anticipate. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray
looked quite strong and that helped me get further into how it exposes its own superficialities. It's not something I would strongly recommend, but if it tweaks some mid-80s nostalgia for you - it may provide some amusement.  

Gary Tooze

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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