Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray For The First Time Ever
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
Jack Casey (‘Kevin Bacon’ )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?
For those of you out there (like me) who have never had the pleasure of viewing ‘Quicksilver’ before, be prepared for a full on 1980’s flashback, complete with the over the top music that was certainly one of the defining elements of the decade, silly hair, and Kevin Bacon in his prime. We are also treated to a supporting role by a (at the time) mostly unknown Lawrence Fishburne (credited here as Larry Fishburne), and this film was certainly a fun ride, and a fun trip back in time.
‘Quicksilver’ focuses on a man (Bacon) who loses everything overnight, and decides to take his life in a new direction, becoming a bicycle messenger in New York City after a brief encounter with another messenger prior to his downfall. The film is well done, it has humor, suspense, romance, and (unsurprisingly) a villain who goes simply by ‘Gypsy’ that uses the bicycle messengers to courier his drugs and avoid the danger himself. When a female messenger that is new to the team gets involved with Gypsy, things start to get bad and while Bacon (who witnessed Gypsy murder a man) is being tailed by him as well; they will both need to find a way to solve the problem or else continue living in fear.
The film is a fun ride, and if you haven’t seen it before, I would recommend giving it a watch, and what better way than on the first ever Blu-Ray release of the movie, featuring full high definition video transfer and a lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Fans of the film will certainly be quite thrilled to see it arrive on Blu-Ray for the first time ever as well, and at such a reasonable price.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Quicksilver’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. For an older title such as this, the video transfer looks quite impressive. Everything is sharp, detailed and appears to be in place and well executed. Fans of the film, as well as newcomers watching for the first time should certainly be pleased with the video presentation on this Blu-Ray release.
While we are not treated with a multichannel audio track on this release, we fortunately do get an uncompressed 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master Audio track which sounds quite impressive for a stereo track. The music, dialogue and all elements of the soundtrack are quite sharp and detailed, and aside from being a stereo track and not multichannel, this is a very nice audio track and should leave most pretty satisfied.
As with most of the recent Image catalog releases of Sony titles, there are no special features included on this release, but please bear in mind that it is just a basic catalog title for an older film being released on Blu-Ray and the more than reasonable price should more than make up for the lack of features. It’s certainly still great to have old classics such as this released on Blu-Ray at all and hopefully we will continue to see many more in the near future.
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Quicksilver’ is now available to own for the first time on Blu-Ray from IMAGE/RLJ Entertainment.