Movie Review: INTO THE NIGHT (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

INTO THE NIGHT was directed by John Landis from a screenplay by Ron Koslow and stars Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stacey Pickren, David Cronenberg, Dan Aykroyd, Kathryn Harrold, Irene Papas and David Bowie.

From John Landis, comes the perilous – and hilarious — tale of Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum), an insomniac who discovers that his wife has been having an affair. Unhappily married, unsatisfyingly employed and unsurprisingly depressed, aerospace engineer and insomniac Ed Okin needs to get away. But getting away proves to be no easy feat when Ed drives to the airport and a gorgeous smuggler, Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), leaps his car, pursued by four murderous killers! Chased across the landscape of a “truly mythical” (Time Out) Los Angeles, Ed and Diana will encounter an endless array of intriguing nocturnal characters (played by a bevy of famous directors) and a charming English hitman (David Bowie). But will they escape their relentless pursuers? The only way to find out is by diving Into The Night!

The story for this 1985 action-thriller full of dark humor follows Ed Okin, a man who has lost interest in his boring job and his marriage because his wife is cheating on him. He also suffers from insomnia so one night he hops in his car and decides to take a ride to the airport and this is where his life changes forever. This is when Diana jumps in his car and he helps her escape from an intense situation because she’s being chased by several groups of thugs that range from this lone hitman to a Mobster to some bumbling Middle Easterners. All of these villains also have their own silly ways of handling these situations.

As the story plays out, what Ed finds out is that Diana is a beautiful jewel thief who is on the run and these people want what she’s got and they’ll do anything to get the prize – including killing innocent people who get in the way. Ed and Diana elude all kinds of deadly obstacles along the way but they manage to find a way out of each predicament that presents itself and they ultimately outsmart and outwit the different factions of villains. Even though this adventure gets extremely dangerous, it’s just what Ed needed to liven up his boring existance plus he ends up meeting the girl of his dreams.

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 its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Into the Night was newly restored from the master. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Into the Night was an exciting first time watch for me and I really did enjoy this crazy movie for a number of reasons. The story was okay but it’s the cast of interesting characters played by this talented cast who shine. John Landis is probably best known for that little werewolf movie of his but he’s also directed documentaries, music videos, actioneers and comedies in his impressive filmmaking career and this 80’s obscurity has little bit of action, thriller and comedy all rolled into one fun watch. Something else I noticed about this movie is that Landis threw in several of his friends in it. Jonathan Demme, Rick Baker, Jim Henson and Amy Heckerling all had cameos in the movie and I think it’s so cool they’re in it. It’s like you call your friends up to come hangout on set for a while and I’ll put you in my movie. I’m guessing this is how it went down.  Into the Night is the latest to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line when it debuts on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on November 7th and it’s worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 115 Minutes

Rated: R

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

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

Subtitles: English

Special Features: There’s over an hour of extras that include a newly restored master, some new interviews, an award-winning documentary and the original theatrical trailer.

  • NEW Restored Master
  • NEW John Landis: “Back Into The Night” (25:47)
  • NEW Jeff Goldblum: “Requiem For An Insomniac” (22:31)
  • Award-Winning Documentary B.B. King Into The Night (26:05)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:39)




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