Director James Bridges’ 1988 film adaptation of Jay McInerney’s novel, Bright Lights, Big City, will be getting “Rewind Collection” status on Nov. 13, so says MVD Entertainment Group.
Michael J. Fox joins the likes of Nicole Kidman (Windrider … on Blu-ray July 24), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Lionheart … on Blu-ray June 12), Olivier Gruner (Angel Town … heading to Blu-ray on Sept. 25) and cult filmmaker Jesus Franco's “guilty pleasure” Blu-ray action gems, Golden Temple Amazons and Diamonds Of Kilimandjaro (debuting Sept. 11) with this Rewind Collection film entry; an anthem of sorts about the rapidly changing “fast lane” culture of the 1980s.
Fox plays Jamie Conway, a mid-20s New York City-based journalist, who finds the party scene more compelling than work. Alcohol and cocaine are the fuel which hasten his descent to the bottom. His mother has died and Amanda (Phoebe Cates), his wife of a fleeting marriage, has kicked him to the curb, so he has plenty of reasons to dull his sorrows.
His guide to world of “bright lights” in the big city is Tad (played by Kiefer Sutherland), who acts as sort of a one-man Greek chorus … a voice of unreason while the drugs consume our hero and the music beats on.
Bright Lights, Big City is indeed an ode to ‘80s culture; a moment captured beautifully in time by filmmaker James Bridges … and an outstanding new entry in MVD’s “Rewind Collection” of Blu-ray special editions.
Bonus features include not one, but two commentary options. The first features author and screenwriter Jay McInerney, and the second comes from cinematographer Gordon Willis. There are also two featurettes — “Big City Lights” and “Jay McInerney's The Light Within” — and an extensive photo gallery.