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Directed by Dennis Hopper
USA 1990

 

From Dennis Hopper, the legendary director of Easy Rider, The Last Movie, Out of the Blue, Colors and Backtrack, comes this torrid and erotic neo-noir starring Don Johnson (Dead Bang), Virginia Madsen (Candyman) and Jennifer Connelly (Career Opportunities). Exploding in a series of suspenseful twists and passionate encounters, this ingenious film will keep you guessing until its final, shocking climax. Harry Maddox (Johnson) is a handsome drifter who is not above larceny to make ends meet. After staging a daring daylight robbery at a local bank, he receives an alibi from an unexpected ally: Dolly Harshaw (Madsen), a sexy and mysterious local woman who has her own plans for him. But when Harry falls for another beautiful woman (Connelly), he incurs Dolly’s wrath and finds himself caught in a maze of jealousy, betrayal and murder in which escape is impossible... and danger is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Beautifully shot by Ueli Steiger (The Day After Tomorrow) and co-starring William Sadler (Die Hard 2), Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables), Jerry Hardin (Wolf Lake), Barry Corbin (My Science Project), Jack Nance (Eraserhead) and Virgil Frye (Revenge of the Ninja).

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Theatrical Release: August 1990 (Montréal World Film Festival)

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:10:21.522        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,687,602,131 bytes

Feature: 43,137,933,312 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 2004 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2004 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,687,602,131 bytes

Feature: 43,137,933,312 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman
NEW Interview with Co-Star Virginia Madsen (7:03)
NEW Interview with Actor William Sadler (6:25)
Theatrical Trailer (1:49)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 4th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (April 2021): Kino have transferred Dennis Hopper's Neo-Noir The Hot Spot to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master – Color Graded and Approved by Cinematographer Ueli Steiger ". It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and the resulting image is very strong. Now, this was available previously in 1080P by Shout! Factory in a double feature with Killing Me Softly HERE. We don't have it on-hand to compare but it stands to reason the Kino is a step-up technically. Ueli Steiger's early usage in the film of coral filters is event giving the image a beautiful pink-hued look. The art direction of John Frick and Michael J. Sullivan evokes a very retro-noir-ish feel (50's cars, coca-cola machines, signs, fashion etc.). It really is gorgeous with tight close-ups and depth notable. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino offer the choice of DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. There are a few adroit separations and intense effects. The film's score is by Jack Nitzsche (Blue Collar, The Indian Runner, Hardcore, The Crossing Guard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Personal Best, 9 1/2 Weeks) with featured musicians John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis and Taj Mahal. There is other music in the film; Billy Squier's The Stroke appropriately played in the strip joint plus Chopin's Love Theme, some Hank Williams Jr., k.d. lang, Roosevelt Williams suiting a small-town atmosphere etc. . Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by author Bryan Reesman who gives and overview of Noir, films codes, talks about the book, how it deviates from the film etc. he has done extensive research with Google Maps to cite locations in the film, buildings, restaurants etc., he discusses Hopper's life, what Virginia Madsen had to say about the film - her nudity, Connelly and Don Johnson's careers prior to The Hot Spot , Hopper wearing a suit everyday in the blazing Texas sun, the foreshadowing of Harry Madox's (Johnson) jail time and much more.  It is very through but his breakneck pace in the first 15-minutes was nerve-racking. I don't recall anyone speaking so quickly in my life. After that he calms and the information he imparts is most interesting and supports appreciation of The Hot Spot. There are also new interview with, still lovely, Virginia Madsen (Fire With Fire) and highly recognizable actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) recollecting the production. Lastly is a theatrical trailer and the package has a slipcase as well as a reversible sleeve (see below.)   

Don Johnson does a decent job as the Mitchum-character - a morally-bankrupt drifter entangled with an equally self-serving femme-fatale (Madsen) while courting a virginal, helpless, angelic Jennifer Connelly - at age 19, playing 18-year-old Gloria. Certainly a 'Madonna-Whore' expression is evident. Dennis Hopper's The Hot Spot is fabulous and sexy Neo-Noir. I loved every minute of it. There is a definite Noir homage vibe supported by Hopper and the excellent a/v Kino Blu-ray is also stacked with the excellent commentary and interviews. Delicious stuff. Strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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