Dang! Dennis Hopper's "The Hot Spot" is... here goes... a MASTERPIECE of neo-noir.
A very "attention to detail" oriented transfer that looks fabulous with eye candy colors.
He hits all the right buttons and choosing (probably begging) the virtuoso trumpeter Miles Davis to jam his modal riffs over the top of a REAL, down home, legit blues band (ala the Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters Chicago sounds)... MAN! WHAT.... A.... SOUNDTRACK!
Your ears eat it up - the sound track just moves this film. It is gorgeously photographed, beautiful old home town locations with authentically original antiqued Coca Cola paintings on the building opposite the car dealership.
Rich story, great acting all round, focused direction... Wow... Virginia Madsen is one great femme fatale! WHOA!
Killing Me Softly - now, there are a lot of negative "critic" reviews out there and I ALMOST listened to the nearly overwhelming animosity out there against this film and against Heather Graham in particular. However, I think Heather Graham is the REAL DEAL and I respected her WAYYYY back in Drugstore Cowboy and, especially, From Hell.
This movie is NOT at ALL over indulgent regarding the bad-mouthed "sexual" aspects of the film. Nothing tortuous, nothing violent, but there IS the HINT... of violence and that HINT is what keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, ala Hitchcock or, even more so, Brian De Palma's "Obsession" and/or "Black Dahlia". The cinematography is tops, the director has style and class in the telling of the story and it is not exploitative about ANYTHING.
It's just a darn good film. And... it is a film that you can watch over and over again... not necessarily to learn new things but more to enjoy the beauty of the whole film and all of it's aspects. The costume design is great too... very neo-Mod in London!
The transfer to Blu ray looks smashing - go for it with confidence. It stands well alongside "The Hot Spot".