Blu-ray Review: ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE

ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE was written and directed Floyd Mutrux and stars Paul le Mat, Dianne Hull, Robert Carradine, Tim McIntire, Leigh French, Martine Bartlett, Noble Willingham and Edward James Olmos. The movie follows two young L.A. people who meet and share the dream of ditching the seedy side of Hollywood for the easy life of Hawaii. But will a cherry red 1968 hot rod be enough to get them to paradise?

ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE sets its sights on the good-looking titular twosome: Bobby (Paul le Mat), who has a ‘68 Camaro and a dead-end job; and Rose (Dianne Hull), who’s got a five-year-old son and a nowhere life. The two meet and quickly fall in love, which gives way to Rose’s fantasy of leaving the Hollywood streets behind and saying “aloha” to life in exotic Hawaii. But when a seemingly safe attempt to rob a liquor store to bankroll their journey goes tragically awry, Bobby and Rose find themselves on the run from the law…and for their lives. Barreling across nighttime L.A. in a bid to make it to the tropics, the young lovers learn that “aloha” can also mean “goodbye.”

This 1975 romantic road adventure follows Bobby, a mechanic/car-wash worker who ends up meeting Rose, a beautiful young single mother by working on her car. The two are complete opposites but this is what attracts them to each other and sparks fly as the two fall in love and dream about running away to Hawaii together. They instantly hit it off and everything goes smoothly for the new couple until a prank goes terribly wrong at a liquor store and it puts them on the run from the law. Talk about things going bad on the first date!

The two love birds flee the scene of the crime and set out on a wild and crazy adventure where they cross paths with some interesting people along the way as they grow even closer with each mile they take on the roadway. Of course, all great things must come to an end because Bobby and Rose end up running out of luck. This reckless romance ends up coming to a close because Rose is missing her son and Bobby finally comes face to face with the law that he’s been eluding. Sadly, this high-speed romance ends in tragedy and unfortunately the two never get to take that trip to Hawaii.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own indivual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The movie has been remastered with a high definition transfer via a brand-new HD scan of the original  (IP), along with extensive color correction. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. This is another nice high-def upgrade by Doppelgänger and Scorpion.

Bottom line is, Aloha, Bobby and Rose was another first time watch for me and I really enjoyed this romantic road adventure that’s a mixture of intense drama and rebellious action-thriller. I really liked the interesting story about Bobby and Rose and the reckless romance that ultimately turns into a tragic nightmare for the two. The cast did a good job with their characters (especially the two leads) plus there are several familiar faces in supporting roles before they made it big. There’s some cool muscle cars and hot rods in it that’s complimented nicely by a fantastic soundtrack that features a lot of classic rock hits. If you’re curious, Aloha, Bobby and Rose fits in just right with classics like Bonnie and Clyde and American Graffiti. Aloha, Bobby and Rose is now available for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the U.S. and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include three interviews and the original theatrical trailer along with other Doppelgänger and Scorpion releases.

  • Interview with actor Paul Le Mat (23:11)
  • Interview with actor Robert Carradine (08:53)
  • Interview with writer/director Floyd Mutrux (13:33)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:16)

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