10 to Midnight (1983) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson
STARRING: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacy (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection from beautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacy free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler’s plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacy on his own … before the crazed killer can strike again!
If you’ve seen any Charles Bronson movie, then you know at least halfway what to expect here with this movie. He might have been the hands-down coolest cat ever to appear in action movies. He just oozes this sort of charisma that you can’t fake and you can’t teach. His laid back performance here is all about the little things. He stays calm and collective, even when his family is at danger, but he only hints at his reaction at such things with little movements and little to minimal expression. His character here rarely acts shaken at all. This man was a master and if for nothing else I’d say check this movie out because of him, BUT there is another cool element to 10 to Midnight. Somehow this action flick goes and inserts a bit of a slasher movie inside of it. We know the killer, we know how he does what he does, and we see him strip naked and murder countless people in somewhat brutal fashion. We just don’t know if Bronson’s character and his partner will be able to figure out and prove it to everyone else before this killer has time to turn his rage towards his daughter. That gives us a legend, a tense film, and a bit of blood that makes 10 t0 Midnight a bit of a slasher hybrid that is every bit as interesting as Charles Bronson himself was.
This movie is packed with plenty of that weird Cannon films madness that you always expect from films they were behind. This was the first Charles Bronson movie for them and legend has it he even had a bit of plastic surgery done to play a younger character here, seeing as how he was in his sixties when filming. The commentary on here is great to hear all about Bronson. The film, on the other hand, is pretty insane if you think about it, but it is in a good way and if you also think about it, it is smarter than you might assume from a first glance. DNA plays a major part in the film and this was really done before DNA was even being used properly in real murder cases. The killer gets naked before he kills. I’ve said that before, but it is just so strange, yet it was done because he wants to avoid blood on his clothes that would link him to the victims. That same killer it probably one of the most unlikable madmen you’ve seen on-screen. This isn’t a cool slasher or one you root for. This is a guy you want to see get his and thankfully we have a character played by Charles Bronson on his trail. I won’t spoil anything, but this one gets topped off by one of the most creepy shot, but still coolest endings you’ll probably find out there. It is a must-see and this is a must-own, even if I’d say the transfer isn’t perfect. It still looks good enough. Not that it looks bad, but you know how some of these older Cannon films can look. Still, if you love this movie this is a great release.
– NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
– NEW Charlie’s Partner – An Interview With Actor Andrew Stevens
– NEW Producing Bronson – An Interview With Producer Lance Hool
– NEW Remembering Bronson – An Interview With Actor Robert F. Lyons
– NEW Undressed To Kill – An Interview With Actress Jeana Tomasina Keough
– NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Historian Paul Talbot (Author Of Bronson’s Loose! And Bronson’s Loose Again!)
– Audio Commentary With Producer Pancho Kohner, Casting Director John Crowther, And Film Historian David Del Valle
– Theatrical Trailer
– Radio Spots
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 95%