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- Apr 4, 2017
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- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
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- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Paramount Pictures has decided to go back and create a new premium line of releases called “Paramount Presents”, which is bringing us remasters and pimped out editions of older films for a modern day. The first three that we get to enjoy here today were released at the end of April, with several more on the way (including some actually coming to 4K UHD, such ash Days of Thunder). This week it’s going to be King Creole, Fatal Attraction, and one of my favorite Hitchcock films, To Catch A Thief.
Even though I started with the “3rd” film in the Paramount Presents lineup, I’m saving the best for…...second? Ah well. Either way, Fatal Attraction is the first film in the new premium line up and it’s a banger to start out with. 1980’s thriller was a smash hit from 33 years ago, and was jokingly referred to as the film that scared men into staying faithful to their wives (at least for a while). It was creepy, it was pure 80s cheese, and it had the power house of Michael Douglass as the male lead, and Glenn Close turning in such a disturbing performance that everyone had to take notice.
Dan Gallagher is king of the world. He’s got a lovely wife Beth (Anne Archer), a daughter, and is an up and comer at his New York City law firm. However, he makes one of the most common (and one of the oldest) mistakes that a man like him can make. He catches wind of sultry book editor Alex (Glenn Close) and after a few sparks fly begins a tawdry affair with the beautiful and vivacious woman. It’s not that Dan doesn’t love his wife Beth, it’s just that he fell prey to the deceptively appeal of lust and fell in too deep. After realizing his mistake, Dan decides to call it off and say it was just an innocent fling, but Alex is having none of that.
Fatal Attraction is pure 80s and 90s Michael Douglas cheese and just that. A cheesy thriller at heart. But it’s really the performances that sell the thing. Back in the late 80s and the early 90s Michael Douglas was the king of sleazy thrillers (A Perfect Murder, Disclosure, etc) and he’s so glib and charming that you get sucked into his world. That being said, the real kicker for the film is Glenn Close. She turned in an absolutely legendary performance as the mentally unbalanced Alex. Watching her turn from vivacious and aggressively stable to depressed, and finally into a mentally unbalanced lunatic is nothing short of amazing. She completely absorbed herself so totally into the role that I saw her face whenever I saw Glen Close in a movie after that! Anne Archer also got nominated for an award that year for portraying Dan’s wife, Beth, and it’s a good thing too. We really needed a protagonist for the film as Dan is a cheating slimeball, and Alex is pure evil cookoo. Beth comes across as extremely sympathetic and the emotionally grounding character of the film. Without her we really would have had no one to root for, as it would have been two despicable people going at it. It’s the perfect three way triangle and makes the film so much better as a result.
Rated R by the MPAA
• Filmmaker Focus: Adrian Lyne On Fatal Attraction
• Rehearsal Footage
• Alternate Ending With Introduction By Director Adrian Lyne
• Theatrical Trailer
This new version of Fatal Attraction is actually worth it. I was nervous after To Catch A Thief, but Paramount has done a very good job with this and King Creole, so I’m chalking up To Catch A Thief as a fluke. The extras are very similar to the 2009 release, but the 4K remaster is really where the goodies are and it does do a very solid upgrade from the decade + old master that we’ve had issues and re-issued over the years. Definitely worth upgrading in my opinion.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen, Fred Gwynne, Ellen Foley, Stuart Pankin
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Written by: James Dearden
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English DVS 2.0, French DD 2.0
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,
Runtime: 119 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: April 21st, 2020
Recommendation: Good Upgrade