Friday, October 28, 2016

HARDCORE (Twilight Time Blu-ray)

Knowing nothing about Hardcore, a movie directed by Paul Schrader starring George C. Scott, I didn't quite know what I would be getting myself into. Something about the synopsis sound perfectly appealing. Gritty. It had all the makings of a movie about the grindhouse cinema and 42nd Street mystique of the 70's. It's no secret that I regularly review adult features on DOCTERROR.COM , but I also like to delve into movies that provide a time capsule to the 70's. In this case a movie that takes place during the 70's and also casts a spotlight on the darker side of the porn industry during that period. I'd almost draw parallels between 8mm.

Twilight Time brings Hardcore to Blu-ray, limited to 3000 copies, and offers the viewer a powerful emotional experience that allows the viewer to be completely immersed in the world of porn during the 70's. George C. Scott's performance is heartbreaking. He is aggressive and sad, he is a nervous wreck and a force to be reckoned with. A man hunts his daughter down, hopeless but determined. Along the way you get to see his reaction to adult cinema and the seedy underbelly that is attracted to the movie houses of the period. Hardcore isn't a dirty movie mind you. It actually goes out of its way to only convey the tragic hunt and brief look at what may or may not be an industry that was underregulated and corrupt. Do not expect the People vs. Larry Flynt in terms of naughty bits on screen.

The release has two separate audio commentaries, an isolated score track (again, one of my favorite trends in Blu-ray extras). The transfer is solid and while I had not had the chance to previously enjoy the film on another format, I can safely say that this movie looks damn good. I think fans of the picture will find this a respectful release.

Don't go into Hardcore thinking it's a lighthearted romp into the sex industry. It's difficult to watch at times and a movie that requires emotional investment. Well done, Twilight Time.

Order your copy now from Screen Archives:

From Twilight Time:

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s brilliant, horrifying Hardcore (1979) follows the grim pilgrimage of a Calvinist Midwestern businessman (the great George C. Scott) searching for his vanished daughter in the scuzzy subculture of the West Coast porn industry. In his effort to trace the girl, he joins forces with a young hooker (Season Hubley) he hopes will help; their growing emotional relationship is the beating heart of this harrowing film. Shot by Michael Chapman, and with a score by Jack Nitzsche.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1979 / Color

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Paul Schrader / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

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