Blu-ray Review: MANDY

MANDY was written and directed by Panos Cosmatos and stars Nicolas CageAndrea RiseboroughLinus RoacheNed DennyOlwen Fouéré with Richard Brake and Bill Duke.

In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire.

The movie takes place in 1983 and focuses on Red Miller who meets Mandy Bloom and it’s love at first sight. The beginning of this trippy horror fantasy treat shows the viewer how deep and emotional this romance is between these two people. They spend their time at a secluded cabin in the woods where they simply enjoy each other’s company but this all comes to an end when Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) and his creepy hippy cult shows up where the sinister leader takes an odd liking to Mandy. Jeremiah’s uncomfortable focus on Mandy ends up taking a terrifying turn when she accidentally insults the unhinged cult leader so he decides to retaliate in an unthinkable way.

This is where the two lovebirds lives get turned upside down, so nuch so, this tragedy takes place that ends up putting Red on his own violent path of revenge. Without spoiling too much let’s just say that something horrifying happens to Mandy and this cult is behind it all so Red is left all broken hearted and decides to get some sweet ass revenge on Jeremiah and his devlish cult from hell. He pays a visit to Caruthers (Bill Duke), an old friend who’s been stashing some of Red’s old school weapons for him and then the broken hearted madman takes it to Jeremiah’s dark minions one by one. The extremely violent journey leads Red to his main target where he’s finally able to confront the sinister cult leader face to face where he ultimately gets payback for what happened to Mandy.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front 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 also features some alternate artwork so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. 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, Mandy ended up delivering on all levels but it’s definitely an acquired taste because of it’s bizarre approach to this doomed romance. Panos Cosmatos first hit the scene back in 2010 with Beyond the Black Rainbow and it kind of looks like Mandy could possibly take place in the same strange universe. Maybe? Anyway, the story about this man and woman who find love only to have it violently ripped away from them takes a refreshing approach to the romantic genre because it injects elements of fantasy and horror into it. Mandy is beautifully shot by Cosmatos and it features some vivid colors, wild sets and impressive cinematography that helps with its atmospheric vibe. The movie is definitely a strange watch, but with Nicolas Cage delivering what’s probably his most powerful performance in years, it’s just one of those movies that’s an entertaining slice of cinema that doesn’t really fit into one particular genre. The movie also gets extremely otherworldly at times (right out of H.P. Lovecraft’s imagination) but it also has a dark sense of humor thanks to Nic Cage’s one liners he slips out in certain scenes. I had a blast with this movie and I think it’s destined for cult status. Mandy will be available on Blu-ray on October 30th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s isn’t much as far as the extras goe but the Blu-ray does include a behind-the-scenes featurette and some deleted/extended scenes from the movie.

  • Behind-the-Scenes (22:03)
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (13:58)

 

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