Blue Steel

Blue Steel

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown

     
 

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Kathryn Bigelow directs Jamie Lee Curtis in the taut police thriller Blue Steel, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Surround. English, French, and SpanishSee more details below

Overview

Kathryn Bigelow directs Jamie Lee Curtis in the taut police thriller Blue Steel, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but MGM/UA has done a fabulous of presenting the film itself on this release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Blue Steel is an over-the-top police action-psychodrama with a decidedly feminist bent. The film manages to entertain, despite frequent lapses into silliness. Jamie Lee Curtis does excellent work as Megan Turner, a hardnosed rookie cop who resents the way people respond to her chosen line of work. Frequently asked why she decided to join the force, Megan resorts to sarcasm. "Ever since I was a kid," she tells her partner, "I wanted to shoot people." "I like to slam peoples' heads up against walls," she tells an obnoxious prospective suitor. If Megan's performance in the field shows her as courageous, and an excellent shot, her answers to these questions reveal just how brittle she is. Curtis does a good job of portraying both her strength and her underlying vulnerability. Eugene, the unhinged "master of the universe" portrayed by Ron Silver, predates the Patrick Bateman character in American Psycho, and seems to represent the same kind of consumerism gone amok. But Bateman is a far more interesting character. Silver's performance is so two-dimensionally villainous and transparently creepy that it's a wonder Megan doesn't just arrest him the moment she sees him. Then maybe we'd get to find out more about the family and friends he threatens, all played by fine actors, who are essentially treated as props in the film. The film gets very silly at times, particularly during the unnaturally attenuated final showdown between Megan and Eugene, but it's still enjoyable. The film critiques culture's obsession with guns, as the fascinating opening credit sequence lovingly lingers on close-ups of the shiny surface of Megan's service revolver. Writer/director Kathryn Bigelow also manages to make trenchant points about the barriers faced by women working in a predominantly male profession, a subject she is no doubt intimately familiar with.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2002
UPC:
0027616881380
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; French: stereo surround; English, french & spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Lee Curtis Megan Turner
Ron Silver Eugene Hunt
Clancy Brown Nick Mann
Elizabeth Peña Tracy Perez
Louise Fletcher Shirley Turner
Philip Bosco Frank Turner
L. Peter Callender Reporter
Harley Flanagan Actor
Markus Flanagan Husband
Skipp Lynch Instructor
William Jay Marshall Hood
Michael Philip del Rio John Perez
Kevin Dunn Assistant Chief Stanley Hoyt
Richard Jenkins Attorney Mel Dawson
Mary Mara Wife
Mike Hodge Police Commissioner
Mike Starr Superintendent
Chris Walker Officer Jeff Travers
Tom Sizemore Wool Cap
David Ilku Counterman
Andrew Hubatsek Cashier
Joe Jamrog Doorman
Matt Craven Howard
Reginald Wells TV Announcer #1
Heidi Kempf TV Announcer
Toni Darling Prostitute
James Shannon Maitre D'Hotel
Thomas Dorff Businessman Victim
William Wise Internal Affairs Man
Lauren Tom Reporter
Faith Geer Lady Bum
Doug Barron Reporter #1
Carol Schneider Reporter #2
Becky Gelke Nurse #1
Frank Girardeau Uniform Cop
Larry Silvestri Precinct Cop
Bellina Logan Rookie No. 1
Ralph Nieves Homicide Detective
James Drescher Punk
John Capodice Trial Commissioner
Sam Coppola PBA Representative
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Kathryn Bigelow Director,Screenwriter
Risa Bramon Casting
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Michael Flynn Associate Producer
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
Lawrence Kasanoff Executive Producer
Susan Kaufman Set Decoration/Design
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Oliver Stone Co-producer
Lee Percy Editor
Edward R. Pressman Co-producer
Michael Rauch Co-producer
Eric Red Screenwriter
Richard Shissler Costumes/Costume Designer
Toni Trimble Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Graduate/Main Title [4:53]
2. A Cop for a Daughter [3:14]
3. First Day on the Job [7:54]
4. The Murder Weapon [3:45]
5. Rogue Trader [2:13]
6. The Nervous CPA [3:01]
7. "What Are You Up To?" [1:36]
8. One Rainy Date [6:22]
9. The Magic Bullet [3:10]
10. "On Top of the World" [5:45]
11. A Pattern/"You Are God" [5:43]
12. "The Greatest Kick of All" [1:00]
13. The Case Against Eugene [6:08]
14. Last Best Friend [3:37]
15. Positive ID? [2:59]
16. All in the Family [5:03]
17. The Stakeout [5:59]
18. Professional Indiscretion [9:34]
19. The Law Into Her Hands [7:34]
20. End Credits [7:42]

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