Suburbia (1984) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Penelope Spheeris
STARRING: Flea, Chris Pedersen, Gina Carrera
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Select
1984’s Suburbia deftly explores the punk rock generation and follows the unforgettable journey of runaway teens who have escaped unhappy homes, punks who have banded together to form their own family. Dubbing themselves “The Rejected,” (aka T.R.), the teens have taken squatters’ rights in a filthy, abandoned house, and are bound together by tragedy and punk rock until they’re confronted by the “Citizens Against Crime,” a group of irascible adults from the suburbs who blame the punks for the ruin of their town.
Suburbia is a bit of a tragic tale in a lot of ways. The movie opens with a tough scene and then closes with one as well. What happens in between that doesn’t come with bells and whistles but it remains entertaining all the way regardless. The base of the story is about a teenager who is in a home with a single mother who is extremely hard on him and his little brother. He splits at the start of the movie and takes up with a group of punks that squat in the old suburbs there that have all went vacant. It sounds easy enough but pretty soon they have the locals on the edge as well as wild dogs and personal issues all getting in the way of what should be a care-free time. From the director of The Decline of a Western Civilization, Suburbia is a solid look at the life of teens during the early 80’s punk phase.
I have a very good time with this one despite some of the tragic events that take place and bring you down while watching. I like to think there is enough funny stuff from time to time as well that only helps to keep things balanced. It is a total in-depth look at a certain time period that is long gone, but even now I feel a lot of the themes and such from the movie could be put to use. The movie is a little light on extras but does pack a couple commentaries. The quality looks solid as well. If you’ve never seen Suburbia it is just a movie well worth seeking out if you like a well-made coming of age stories.
– BRAND NEW 4K REMASTER OF THE FILM
– Audio Commentary With Director Penelope Spheeris
– Audio Commentary With Director Penelope Spheeris, Producer Bert Dragin, And Actress Jennifer Clay
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 85%