Cruising (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Cruising (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Cruising (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Cruising (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: William Friedkin
Starring: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city’s underground bars. Captain Edelson (Paul Sorvino) tasks young rookie Steve Burns (Pacino) with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows – but as he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process. Taking the premise and title from reporter Gerald Walker’s novel, Cruising was the subject of great controversy at the time of its release and remains a challenging and remarkable movie to this day, with Pacino’s haunting lead performance as its magnetic centerpiece.

From the same director of The Exorcist comes Cruising! A movie starring Al Pacino as an undercover cop who invades the underground gay community to try to track a killer! One of the more interesting things I learned about this movie from the release was that originally Brian De Palma wanted to direct this and it does often feel like a De Palma movie. Its a crime thriller that could double as a slasher in some areas, sort of like a grittier 10 to Minute or something. We have a man killing people and even the director is being a bit cute with how the killer is portrayed on the screen to make it where even you are as confused as the police here about who is doing the killing and they are able to stay one step ahead. We get some bloody moments here and some cool effects for kills in spots. But above all else, I feel like the atmosphere and tone of the film is what really drives it home and makes it what it is.

And I say all of that while admitting I feel we don’t get the best Pacino that we have seen on the screen. I don’t know if I always believe him here, but a half steam Al Pacino is still better than a good chunk of the actors of the world. The movie might seem just a hair long in spots, but you don’t always feel it. Most the time you are just shocked by how the look of the killer seems to change or when a big half-naked black dude burst into a room to help beat information out of someone. Yes, we do get weird from time to time but that seems to be the area to which a film like Cruising dwells. And stuff like that (as random as it is) might just be why we have here now with an Arrow Video release. From a transfer side of things, it looks very rich and detailed. The blue-ish tone of the night stuff is another thing that only adds to the mood. If you were worried about this one because you haven’t seen it and were never big on thrillers. It dips its toes enough into the horror area I feel to be a worthy watch for those genre fans as well.

Extras

– Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised and approved by writer-director William Friedkin
– Newly remastered 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio supervised by William Friedkin
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Archival audio commentary by William Friedkin
– The History of Cruising – archival featurette looking at the film’s origins and production
– Exorcising Cruising – archival featurette looking at the controversy surrounding the film and its enduring legacy
– Original Theatrical Trailer

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%

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