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The Boost [Blu-ray]
(Harold Becker, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Hemdale Film
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,483,330,497 bytes
Feature Size: 24,011,089,920 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 22nd, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1992 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1992 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
James Woods (Vampires)
and Sean Young (Blade
Runner) star in the dramatic cautionary tale The
Boost. Living the high life -- figuratively and
literally -- married couple Lenny and Linda Brown (Woods and
Young) will see their fast lane L.A. lifestyle come crashing
down around them when the real estate market takes a sudden
A well-crafted, hard-hitting look at an ideal marriage torn apart by personal insecurity, material greed and designer drugs. After years of frustration, Woods meets a sympathetic Californian businessman (Hill), who soon has him selling tax-shelter real estate investments as if his life depended on it. The market is wiped out overnight. Woods is left with no job and a lot of bills. He still has his beautiful wife (Young), but his fragile self-respect is shattered. Offered a little 'boost' by a pal, Woods snorts coke for the first time, instantly dispelling despair but also tapping into an already dangerously addictive personality. The addiction scenario is standard stuff: stress and temptation followed by steep decline, short-lived clean up, and final tragic lapse. The real fascination, though, is the sense that Woods is a disaster waiting to happen, a hollow man constantly on the verge of implosion. The approach here is slightly too monotone and distanced, curiously at odds with Woods' compulsively energetic performance.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
“The Boost” is not simply about drugs. It is also about the hedonistic
lifestyles of the 1980s, especially in go-go areas like the Los Angeles
real estate market in which fortunes are won and squandered in a matter
of months and there is unspeakable pressure to keep up appearances. The
movie is a modern-day version of “Death of a Salesman,” with James Woods
selling leveraged tax shelters. He’s out there on a smile, a shoeshine
and a line of cocaine.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Boost arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. It is single-layered and exports some texture although never looking dynamically crisp. There are a very few speckles but it looks pretty consistent in 1080P. The 80s film stocks had some limitations and often look quite similar to this - softer contrast, not much depth but some appealing grain. There may be a smidgeon of noise in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and the image has no detrimental flaws. The Blu-ray is far from demo material but I suspect this is as good as The Boost will look on digital disc.
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Olive's DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1992 kbps seems to do its job well. The score is by Stanley Myers who has Cimino's The Deer Hunter and Nicolas Roeg's amusing Insignificance on his resume as well as Pete Walker film's House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, among others. It works with the fractured narrative and adds to the emotion of the story. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Onlya trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their Blu-ray releases.
March 17th, 2016
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.
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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