The Crush (1993) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alan Shapiro
Starring: Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Rubin
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. There must be something she can say or do… some way that she can show him this is not just a crush. What can she do? What won’t she do? Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in The Crush, a suspense thriller starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, The Babysitter) in her breakthrough role. Elwes plays Nick, at first flattered by Adrian’s flirtation, then gripped with outright fear… because what Adrian wants, Adrian gets. If she can’t have her Mr. Right, no one can.
Having Alicia Silverstone obsessed with you might not sound like a bad thing at all. But try having that happen when she’s 14 and you’re 28. Even worse, have that happen with her trying to ruin your life and even going as far as to trying to kill other people of interest. Such is the case with her character and a character played by Cary Elwes in 1993’s The Crush. Things start off innocent enough when Elwes’ character arrives in town to work in his writing gig, but soon things turn bad when the character of Adrian (Yes, no Darian audio here) won’t take no for an answer. That is AFTER she’s already basically threw everything but the kitchen sink at our male lead to get him to give her attention. The movie builds as we see slowly but surely how dangerous this girl is but by the time we’ve heard of her past and seen her do her worst, bones are broken, people are under the watchful eye of the cops, and someone has a nasty run-in with bees. Maybe it isn’t a bloodbath by any means but Silverstone really seems to put her all into the role and it makes me wonder why she doesn’t seem to want to have anything to do with it now, as she doesn’t even bother to do any interviews for this release. Which is a real shame, because I don’t think she has anything to be ashamed of here at all.
Crush isn’t anywhere near a perfect film. It does have some plot holes and flaws, but it also has its moments as well. Cary Elwes has always been a favorite of mine and he seems to play it as realistically as possible being a man with a prime Alicia Silverstone hot on his trail offering up things no 14-year-old should be offering up to a grown man. Of course, she wasn’t actually 14 at the time so we can all lighten up and enjoy the movie for what it is. Here on this Blu-ray from Scream Factory we see this movie certainly looking the best I’ve ever seen it, with great color and detail. A good chunk of this one seems to take place outside and with well-lit areas and that surely helps that out. As for extras, we have some interviews with cast members Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin. We also get an audio commentary with Writer/Director Alan Shapiro. So, maybe the names we really wanted isn’t here in the extras, but at least we do get some neat stuff and we above all else get a fun movie that looks really good. Plus, we get a prime Alicia Silverstone. We can’t at all forget that.
– NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Alan Shapiro
– NEW The Doting Father – An Interview With Kurtwood Smith
– NEW Stung By Love – An Interview With Actress Jennifer Rubin
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
Quality of Transfer: 96%