Point Break

Point Break

4.3 15
Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Kathryn Bigelow, Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty

     
 

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Director Kathryn Bigelow's action-packed cops and robbers movie, set among California's surfing subculture, has long been considered (by those who would admit such things) a guilty pleasure of the first order. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD release will hopefully expose a whole new generation to the movie's cinematic charms. Though it's unfortunately… See more details below

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Director Kathryn Bigelow's action-packed cops and robbers movie, set among California's surfing subculture, has long been considered (by those who would admit such things) a guilty pleasure of the first order. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD release will hopefully expose a whole new generation to the movie's cinematic charms. Though it's unfortunately virtually a no-frills disc, the picture and sound are spectacular. The film is available in anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1), though it has not been remastered. Regardless, the print used is in pretty good shape. There is some occasional grain, but the image is always stable and the colors (and there are many bright colors here that could have caused some problems) always look balanced and correct. A decent print overall. But the disc really flexes its digital muscles with the various soundtracks. Available in an English DTS mix, English 4.1 Surround, English Dolby two-channel Surround or a French Dolby Surround option, the sound design sounds awesome no matter which one viewers choose. This movie relies so heavily upon its aggressive sound design that one really needs to crank it up to fully enjoy its high-flying, over-the-top power. Two theatrical trailers have also been included, as well as a short promotional featurette that does not really add anything to the movie.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Working in the same mythopoetic vein that informs her stunning, postmodern vampire film Near Dark, director Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days) fashioned one of the most gorgeous, exhilarating and offbeat action-adventure flicks of the '90s. Perhaps because she is a female, Bigelow brings unique perspective to this staunchly male genre. Point Break packs all the standard action movie conventions -- screaming car chases, bloody shootouts, high-tech hardware, kinetic fistfights, and macho posturing -- into an action film that's anything but conventional. The story transplants the classic western to the beaches of Los Angeles, as young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover as a surfer to catch a band of wave-riding bank robbers led by the charismatic Bodie (short for "Bodhisattva"). As portrayed by Patrick Swayze, this Zen surf master is a peripatetic modern cowboy who'd rather die free than succumb to the society's constraints. Bigelow emphasizes the bond that develops between Bodie and Utah, as the lawman falls under the renegade's spell, making for a film ripe with homoerotic subtext. The romance between Utah and Bodie's former girlfriend, a tough female surfer named Tyler (Lori Petty), is compelling only in that Tyler is so androgynous that's she clearly a stand-in for the true object of Utah's attraction. Reeves is laughable as an FBI agent, though he looks great in a wetsuit; while Swayze, radiating suitably deranged intensity from his slit-like blue eyes, is pitch perfect as an idealistic sociopath who spouts half-baked Buddhist philosophy about achieving oneness with the sea. In order to maintain their wave-chasing way of life, he and his gang of surf bums commit bank jobs, disguised as ex-presidents by means of grotesquely accurate rubber masks. It's an inspired idea, which translates into some surreal and delightfully subversive visual moments -- the image of Ronald Reagan gleefully torching a car is pure brilliance. Bigelow is no Hollywood hack.With an artist's eye she paints a dark, richly textured portrait of L.A.'s surfing subculture that is an antidote to the inane, sunny naiveté of '60s beach movies, while the thrillingly photographed surfing footage and awe-inspiring skydiving scenes convey the pure adrenaline rush these thrill seekers live and die for. Sure, Point Break is ridiculous, but why think too hard about it? To paraphrase Bodie, just let it wash over you.
All Movie Guide
Point Break is a good example of a wholly flawed piece of filmmaking that still manages to entertain. The screenplay sputters, veers and stumbles for almost two hours, Keanu Reeves gives a god-awful performance, and the film's veneer of a spiritual agenda is almost deplorably laughable. However, there are enough interesting quirks and decent action sequences to make it a howl to watch. Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis and the young Tom Sizemore make memorable cameos, and as the lead villain, Patrick Swayze is an over-the-top riot. The film might have worked better had it stayed within the realm of action camp, instead of attempting to be taken seriously: Kathryn Bigelow's screenplay and direction are painfully all over the map. Still, there are some stunning stunts and terrific surfing action, and excellent MTV style camerawork that makes for adrenaline-filled fun -- despite the fact that the film is by and large ridiculous and inane.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
UPC:
0024543014324
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailers; Featurette; DTS English, English 4.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; English & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Bodhi
Keanu Reeves Johnny Utah
Lori Petty Tyler
Gary Busey Pappas
John C. McGinley Ben Harp
James LeGros Roach
John Philbin Nathanial
Bojesse Christopher Grommet
Elizabeth Berkley Macrame Girl
Sharon Bialy Actor
Marsha Carter FBI Receptionist
Richard Pagano Actor
Chris Pederson Bunker
Paolo Tocha Cab Driver
Julian Reyes Alvarez
Daniel Beer Babbit
Vincent Klyn Warchild
Anthony Kiedis Tone
Dave Olson Archbold
Lee Tergesen Rosie
Sydney Walsh Miss Deer
Christopher Pettiet "15"
Dino Andino Psycho-Stick
Michael Kopelow Passion for Slashin
Matt Archbold Surf Rat
Julie Michaels Freight Train
Kimberly Martin Fiberglass
Jack Kehler Halsey
Galyn Gorg Margarita
Raymond Forchion Neighbor
Betsy Lynn George Girl at Party
Shannon Brook Fast Food Girl
Gloria Mann Fierce Woman
Ping Wu Dispatcher
Jared Chandler Pilot
John Apicella Security Guard
Richard Grove Cullen
Anthony Mangano Off Duty Cop
Deborah Lemen Miss Jennings
Mick Regan Mr. Duggan
Randy Walker Combat Alley Supervisor
Sedrick J. Azurdia Fruit Vendor
Peter Phelps Australian Surfer
Gary Roberts Australian Cop #1
Tom Sizemore DEA agent Deets
Mike Genovese Corey

Technical Credits
Kathryn Bigelow Director,Screenwriter
Peter Abrams Producer
Colby Bart Costumes/Costume Designer
Sharon Bialy Casting
Burt Bluestein Production Designer
Sharon Boyle Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Daigler Production Designer
Gary Goetzman Musical Direction/Supervision
W. Peter Iliff Original Story,Screenwriter
Mark Isham Score Composer
James Cameron Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Rick King Co-producer,Original Story
Robert L. Levy Producer
Pamela Marcotte Art Director
Richard Pagano Casting
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Michael Rauch Co-producer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design
Glenn Wilder Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Day #1 in L.A. (Main Title) [5:14]
2. The Ex-Presidents [1:03]
3. Surfin's a Source [5:46]
4. Blending In [1:20]
5. A Hairy Lead [5:42]
6. Fitting the Profile [1:50]
7. Party Time [5:09]
8. A Little Stealth Mission [1:27]
9. The Raid [3:29]
10. A Feeling [2:04]
11. Traveling Money [5:06]
12. The Price of a Lie [1:42]
13. Free Fall [3:34]
14. Basic Dog Psychology [3:38]
15. 90 Seconds [2:20]
16. Accessory to Murder [3:43]
17. The Ride's Not Over [5:19]
18. Without Wings [3:40]
19. The 50-Year Storm [3:17]
20. End Titles [4:55]

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