Mac And Me (1988) (Blu-ray Review)

Mac And Me (1988) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stewart Raffill
Starring: Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Katrina Caspary
Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout Factory

From the far reaches of space, a family of extraterrestrials finds themselves accidentally transported to Earth. Escaping from a government facility, the youngest of this alien brood is separated from the others. Now alone, afraid, and millions of miles from home, this Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) must rely on the kindness and friendship of a very special boy named Eric (Jade Calegory) in order to survive this strange new world. With the help of Eric’s family and friends, they’ll undertake the journey of a lifetime to reunite MAC with his family.

Mac and Me doubles as not only one of the most blatant E.T. ripoffs you’ll find out there, but it also is probably the most expensive Coke and McDonald’s commercial you’ll ever see as well. A family of aliens is zapped up and taken back to Earth where they are separated and the littlest one buddies up with a kid in a wheelchair and friends. People give chase, funny stuff happens, and I’m pretty sure you know the drill. This movie has long been considered one of the worst movies ever made but seeing as how I primarily review horror films of all kinds and budgets it doesn’t come across as THAT bad. I mean don’t get me wrong, it is bad, but I’ve sadly seen worse and if you’ve seen Mac and Me then you know that covers a lot of ground.

So, yeah, the movie is a bit lacking in a lot of areas but it’s hard not to at least have a laugh at the film. Mac and his parents really straddle that line between cool and creepy, which I think might be the most appealing part of the entire movie. From a Blu-ray side of things, all is good here with this. It has never looked better and we even get an interview with the director and a commentary, with a few other things tossed in. It sadly doesn’t pack that alternative ending that has been making its rounds on the internet as of late, but what can you do? Mac and Me is bad, but not in the totally unwatchable way. The extras and hearing how it came to be are probably worth picking this up alone.

Extras

– NEW Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Stewart Raffill And Film Historian Marc Edward Heuck
– NEW “That Little Mac In The Sky” – An Interview With Stewart Raffill
– NEW “Down To Earth” – An Interview With Songwriter Allee Willis
– Original Trailers
– TV Spots
– Still Gallery

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 90%