Blu-ray Review: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs is the heart-warming story based on Neil Simon’s award-winning play. The movie was directed by Gene Stacks from a screenplay by Neil Simon and stars Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy and Judith Ivey.

Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome (Jonathan Silverman) is desperately trying to uncover life’s mysteries, but his family keeps hiding the clues. Even so, he manages to keep his priorities — baseball and girls — firmly in order. Neil Simon’s hilarious adaptation of his Broadway smash about growing up in Brooklyn is a wonderful, semi-autobiographical comedy with heart, wit and hysterical insights into family life and growing up just a little off-center.

This 1986 family comedy takes place in 1930’s New York and follows Eugene who’s main focus stays on girls and baseball while he manages running daily errands for his mother among other things. She’s busy keeping the house in order (and telling everyone what to do) while his overworked father tries to provide for their crowded house and his aunt deals with her own two daughters as well as a courting neighbor. The thing about Eugene is that he’s hit puberty and reached the time in his life where he’s noticing girls, even his aunt and cousin, and is handling it all with reckless abandon.

What happens is, some unseen drama hits this close household when his father has a mild heart attack and can’t work so it leaves the rest of the family trying to figure out how to bring in some extra money, even if it means gambling down at the local pool hall and eating liver for supper. Gross! Eugene’s older brother feels so bad for losing his money shooting pool that he just about enlists but has second thoughts before it’s too late. At the end of the day this close-knit family finds a way to get by and make things work even if they do handle it all in humorous ways.

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 reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 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.

Bottom line is, Brighton Beach Memoirs is one of those movies that’s driven by its cast and the comedic dialogue they belt out at each other throughout the watch. The movie plays like a day in the life of this New York Jewish family, with Eugene at the center, as they deal with all kinds of drama, some serious and some not so much. The movie definitely has its moments, thanks to Jonathan Silverman’s character who’s borderline perverted ways about girls is about as silly as it gets and there’s also Blythe Danner’s character who runs this crowded household under strict rule just like a Jewish mother would. The thing about this family is that even when times get tough for them they’re still there for each other and find a way to deal with the drama. Brighton Beach Memoirs joins the Shout Select lineup and will be available on Blu-ray on March 26th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features:·The only Blu-ray extras is the original theatrical trailer. (01:26)

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