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on December 16, 2003
I never cared for the comedy of Andrew "Dice" Clay. I wasn't offended or disgusted by his stand-up routine; I just didn't find any of his jokes funny. Back in the summer of 1990, when the theater I worked at got a poster for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, I wasn't the least bit interested, and figured it would bomb. I was right, and it never even showed at that particular movie house.
So, why did I rent it on VHS the day it was released? Two reasons: I'm a big Robert Englund fan, and I'd seen just about everything else in the video store. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be GOOD. Clay has a commanding onscreen persona, the rest of the cast is great (especially 27 year-old Lauren Holly), and it was funny. Granted, the humor isn't for all tastes. (This is the Diceman, after all.) But those in the mood for a well-done comedy/mystery should find much to like. Clay never really took off as a movie star, which is too bad. Check out his bravura performance as a villain in the otherwise lame No Contest. Too bad it wasn't in a better film.
It's nice to finally see this in its original widescreen format (DEATH TO PAN AND SCAN!!!). The audio is decent, and there are a few extras, including commentary by director Renny Harlin and the infamous "Cradle of Love" music video. Many a young boy were touched by this opus from Billy Idol...
I found this DVD at Wal-Mart for 5.88, two weeks before it was supposed to be released. Un-*******-believable!!