The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly: Double Feature [Blu-ray]
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The hot spot: (1990) harry madox (don johnson) is a handsome drifter who is not above larceny to make ends meet. After staging a daring daylight robbery at a local bank, he receives an alibi from an unexpected ally: dolly harshaw (virginia madsen), a sexy and mysterious local woman who has her own plans for him. But when harry falls for another beautiful woman (jennifer connelly), he incurs dolly's wrath and finds himself caught in a maze of jealousy, betrayal and murder from which escape is impossible and danger is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Killing me softly (2001): when alice (heather graham), an american living in london, meets adam (joseph fiennes), a handsome adventurer, she's lured out of her safe, mundane life to pursue an affair that brings her to the heights of excitement and ecstasy. But when adam's mysterious and violent past begins to surface, alice investigates and learns that adam's past and her future may both point to murder! //
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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".
The Hot Spot is a very good cross between Postman Ring Twice and Body Heat but the moral; standard but not totally predictable.
Killing Me Softly is a surprising movie; is looks like thriller but it is really something else; better not spoil.
None of them are great movies but deserve a new look. The only regret are that are both "R' versions and I know there unrated versions around.
Price is very reasonable.