Say Anything... (1989) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Fox || PG13 - 100 minutes - $34.99 || November 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-11-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer(s): Cameron Crowe (written by)
Cast: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney


Theatrical Release Date: April 14, 1989


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Trivia Track
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • TV Spots


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Its graduation day and Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) has only one ambition - to date Diane Court (Skye). She's beautiful, intelligent and to everyone’s amazement, she actually agrees to go out on a date with Lloyd. At first just "friends with potential", Lloyd and Diane quickly develop something more. But when Diane's overprotective father convinces her to end the relationship, a brokenhearted Lloyd vows to try anything, do anything and say anything to win her back.

One of the most essential films for the teenage audience of the 80's is finally available on Blu-ray. I've seen the film several times (the last being a few years ago) and enjoyed each and every viewing. There is something about Cusack that brings me back to the film with a smile on my face. The deadpan delivery of some of his lines is extraordinary. Take the whole 'process' scene where it’s pretty obvious he is trying to act smart but towards the end just comes across as someone who is likely repeating something he had heard before and now calling it his own.

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."

Cusack carries the film while Skye does a decent job but not really a believable one. Granted, she's a good looking girl but I really don't see how Lloyd could really be so infatuated with her character for so long. She has no friends, no personality and no real spark that would make her a decent date.

Aside from Cusack, the other things I love about the film is the obvious "In Your Eyes" scene and the ending. In what must be a small nod to The Graduate, the film ends in a way where you don't know where their future will go or what will happen next.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Commentary with John Cusack, Cameron Crowe and Ione Skye

Trivia Track (Profile 1.1/2.0) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Say Anything Revisited (21 Minutes, HD) - A well rounded retrospective that brings back the cast and Crowe to discuss the film and how several of the scenes films were based on real life experiences. Alternate shots of the famous 'iconic' scene are included as well. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Conversation with Cameron Crowe (9 Minutes; HD) - This is more or less a continuation of the above Say Anything Revisited with a more personal look into Crowes vision for the film. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

I Love Say Anything (8 Minutes, HD) - Several celebrities discuss how they love the film. Odd... ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Alternate/Extended /Deleted Scenes (50 Minutes) - Grouping these altogether because there is not a whole lot of 'value' in these. The Alternate and Extended are just that - Llyod does or says something different while the Deleted is a handful of cut scenes that were clearly trimmed for time.

Rounding out the disc is a hilarious Vintage Featurette (6 Minutes), Photo Gallery, TV and Trailer Spots.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Say Anything... is presented in 1.85:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Comparing it to the aging DVD right off the bat you will notice that Fox went back and did a nice spit and polish job on the transfer. Some scratches/marks are gone and overall it looks a lot cleaner. Somehow, though, they made the film look a lot darker which may turn off people who have seen the previous DVD many times. There was a few times where the screen did an odd color thing where it 'popped' and went brighter for the remainder of the scene.

Fox has included an English 5.1 DTS MA track for this release. Given the film is very dialog heavy with only a few songs playing in the background (and the obvious Peter Gabriel song...) I was not all that impressed. Dialog was low and surrounds were not very active. The 'iconic' scene is well worth the listen though!



.::OVERALL::.

A classic teenage flick that still holds up now 20 years later. Fox has tossed in some new extra features that make it well worth the upgrade from the dusty ol' DVD.