I’m currently reviewing all the Nicolas Cage films that are available on blu-ray. The film I’m looking at here is an action, crime thriller that deals with the darkest side of the adult video scene. It’s not yet out in the UK that is to say if you want it you need to pick up a copy from New Zealand which is the same region as the UK and will work just fine. So without further ado here’s my 8mm Blu-ray Review.
- 8mm (1999)
- Genre: Crime Thriller
- Running Time: 120 Mins
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Cinema Cult
- Blu-ray Imported (New Zealand)
Following the death of Mrs Christian’s wealthy husband she requests Private investigator Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) watch an 8mm video tape which depicts the murder of a young woman. The video has only recently been found in a safe belonging to the departed husband. Mrs Christian requests that he track down the young woman in the video to see if she is still alive. This takes Welles on a journey into some of the sleaziest and seediest parts of LA and New York. But what will he find…
The film is directed by Joel Schumacher with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by Robert Elswit. 8mm takes place across several different cities and styles of locations. From the nice rural setting that Tom Welles and his family reside into the sleazy side of LA and New York. The film portrays both sides of the coin exceptionally well with some excellent cinematography. I really liked way the camera angles are used to depict that sleazy ruin down part of LA.
8mm is a crime thriller that moves along at a good pace allowing enough time for the story to develop whilst building plenty of tension and intrigue.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Mychael Danna and I’d have to whilst it does suit the sleazy world of 8mm it’s not a soundtrack I would personally like to hear outside of the movie.
Acting / Characters
The casting on 8mm is simply perfect with Nicolas Cage taking the lead role as Private investigator Tom Welles. We see his character change through the film which due is to the images and people he must surround himself with to find out what really happen to the missing girl. Cage does this brilliantly and his transformation by the end of the film is somewhat believable and understandable.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Max California a guy that works in a sleazy adult video store. He aids Welles on his trip through some of the darkest, sickest places in LA.
James Gandolfini is Eddie Poole a man that runs an adult films agency. Both Phoenix and Gandolfini turn in outstanding performances that help improve the overall believability of the story. In fact all of the cast do their roles justice.
- Nicolas Cage as Tom Welles
- Joaquin Phoenix as Max California
- James Gandolfini as Eddie Poole
- Peter Stormare as Dino Velvet
- Anthony Heald as Daniel Longdale
- Myra Carter as Mrs. Christian
- Catherine Keener as Amy Welles
- Norman Reedus as Warren Anderson
- Amy Morton as Janet Mathews
- Torsten Voges as Stick
- Luis Saguar as Manny
- Chris Bauer as George Anthony Higgins / Machine
- Jenny Powell as Mary Ann Mathews
Conclusion – 8mm Film Review
8mm is a dark and sleazy thriller that makes for both disturbing and compelling viewing. It is in fact an outstanding action thriller that I highly recommend seeing. The acting is of the highest order, whilst the story has you gripped right until the end.
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8mm Blu-ray Review
It’s time to take a look at the picture quality, the films from 1999 and thankfully there are no real issues to report. The image is sharp and clean free from any annoying flickers or speckles whilst the colours are vibrant. In short there’s no reason not to buy this Blu-ray version providing you can obtain a copy.
Unfortunately 8mm has not yet been released on blu-ray in the UK, that said you can import it from New Zealand which is also region B like the UK via a third party seller on Amazon.co.uk. If you don’t want to do that you will have to wait and see if a company such Powerhouse Films obtains the rights in the future for this classic nineties action, thriller.
On the extras front there’s a five minute featurette that give a flavour of how the film came to be. It’s not the greatest but certainly better than nothing.
- Featurette (5 mins)
On to my movie rating for 8mm (1999)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: DECENT
8mm (1999) is available now on Blu-ray
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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8mm (1999) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Myra Carter, Chris Bauer
Genre: Crime, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
8mm is a dark and sleazy thriller that makes for both disturbing and compelling viewing, whilst the acting is of the highest order.