The River Blu-ray Review (1984)

It’s time to look at another recently released Blu-ray film, this one stars Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek. So without further ado here’s my The River Blu-ray review.

  • The River Blu-ray Review (1984)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed by Mark Rydell
  • Written by Robert Dillon & Julian Barry
  • Music by John Williams
  • Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Running Time: 124 Mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Final Cut Entertainment
  • Starring Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn
Plot

The Garvey family are farmers located in Tennessee, times are tough and money tight. When river that flows by the farm floods the entire area the bank refuses to lend any more money. This leads Tom Garvey (Mel Gibson) to leave the farm and seek work at a steel mill, leaving his wife Mae (Sissy Spacek) and the children to run the farm.

If that wasn’t bad enough local businessman Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) has designs on both Tom’s wife and farm.

Style / DirectionThe River Blu-ray Review (1984)

The River is a pretty well shot film, with plenty of beautiful scenery contrasted against the harsh world of the steel mill.

Music / Audio Effects

Functional but not memorable

Acting / Characters

This is a drama and that means the relationships of the three main characters are at the heart of the film.

Mel Gibson plays farmer Tom Garvey a guy with the world on his shoulders and a role he plays very well. The same goes for Sissy Spacek as Mae Garvey. Add the bad guy into the mix a certain Joe Wade (Scott Glenn) and you have all the key players.

The acting is pretty good all-round and is the main reason to keep watching.

Conclusion – The River Film Review

The story is ok I guess but its Mel Gibson performance that adds just enough energy to keep you interested. It’s one those films you feel you know how it will end right from the start. In essence this is a story or the regular guy battling to stay in business against local business greed.

The River Blu-ray Review

The general picture quality is pretty good however every now and again there are a couple of black marks and white flickers. The good news is it doesn’t overly get in the way of enjoying the film but nonetheless it’s another example of a film needing a pretty basic clean-up and not receiving it.

Extras – None

On to my movie rating for The River (1984)

  • Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray: DECENT

The River (1984) is available now on Blu-ray priced £15.61 from Amazon (as of date of review)

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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…

Clip not be representative of the Blu-ray version

That’s my The River Blu-ray Review, if you have any thoughts on this film leave them in the comment section below:

 

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The River Blu-ray Review (1984)

Director(s): Mark Rydell

Actor(s): Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn

Genre: Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating
3

Summary

An emotionally charged fight against businessman greed. The Blu-ray picture could and should be better.

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