Memoirs Of An Invisible Man (1992) (Blu-ray Review)

Memoirs Of An Invisible Man (1992) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

The laughs and visual effects are out of sight when Chevy Chase headlines Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Sam Neill) who’ve put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Daryl Hannah) in a way she’s never “seen” before. John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs and Industrial Light and Magic create eye-opening effects as Nick embarks on his manic quest. Seeing is believing!

Chevy Chase and John Carpenter is a bit of an off combination to say the least, but I’m sure if you are here to watch this movie you are probably just here for the effects anyway. And I will admit that the effects used in this movie are ahead of their time and are really cool even today. The rest of the movie is a bit hit and miss, and I’m sure everyone who has seen this movie before will agree. I like Chevy Chase, but he seems to only fit one sort of movie. The goofier the better with him and this one isn’t that far over the line so he does come across a bit awkward from time to time. You could say the movie does that as a whole in a lot of ways. Yes, it has its moments, but I do wonder looking back now and writing this review if it has enough of those moments.

John Carpenter not calling this John Carpenter’s Memories of An Invisible Man should probably be a giveaway that he perhaps wasn’t as in love with this movie as one would hope either. I also think this one comes with an ending that falls a bit too flat for its own good. The way I look at it, this movie isn’t horrible and it looks just fine on Blu-ray, but it might be best for those of us that just want to have all of John Carpenter’s films in HD, and who could blame you if you do? Heck, I want just that and that’s why I have this. So, the movie is a cool look at some awesome effects and it has a few funny moments. But the director’s name is perhaps the best reason to get it.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
– How To Become Invisible: The Dawn Of Digital F/X
– Vintage Interviews With Director John Carpenter And Actors Chevy Chase And Daryl Hannah
– Behind The Scenes Footage
– Outtakes
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 89%