Blu-ray Review: MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN

MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN is based on on the 1987 novel by H.F. Saint. The movie was directed by John Carpenter from a screenplay by Robert Collector, Dana Olsen and William Goldman and stars Chevy Chase, Darryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Patricia Heaton and Michael McKean.

Chevy Chase takes center stage in 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Thanks to a nuclear accident, Nick Halloway (Chase) has become invisible. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Sam Neill) who’ve put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Daryl Hannah) in a way she’s never “seen” before. John Carpenter directs and Industrial Light and Magic create eye-opening effects as Nick embarks on his manic quest.

The movie follows Nick Halloway who is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he’s accidentally exposed when an experiment goes wrong and this is what gets his molecules all out of whack and turns him invisible. There’s also the sinister Government operative David Jenkins (and his goons) who knows what happened to Nick and they’re in hot pursuit. Nick is left on the run so he ends up asking for help from from Alice Monroe, a beautiful young woman he’d met just before the accident.

There’s some instantaneous chemistry between Nick and Alice that slowly transforms into a full blown romance while they elude his pursuers. While Nick is on the run, he quickly learns how to disguise himself to help him fit in when the occasion calls for it. What happens is, Nick ends up coming face to face with Jenkins in one final confrontation and ends up playing a trick on him that finally puts a stop to the chase. In the end, even though Nick doesn’t find a cure for being invisible or anything like that, he does take his relationship with Alice to the next level.

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 artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory has given Memoirs of an Invisible Man a 2K scan from the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Memoirs of an Invisible Man is an okay movie at best but it was one of the early ones that helped to pave the way for CGI. The movie does feature some impressive visual effects for its time as well as some old school practical tricks. It’s really disappointing that the movie is just so mediocre because it has the makings of something special because of its director and cast so I have to blame it on the story because it’s just not that interesting and neither are the characters. There are a few classic looking shots that John Carpenter captures that gives the movie a noir feel and Chevy Chase does what he does so well with his physical style of comedy but it’s just not enough to make it any better. I actually owned this movie on VHS back in the day and hadn’t watched it since then and now it’s finally making its way to high-definition. If you’re curious about it then give it a watch because it does have its moments but they are few and far between. Memoirs of an Invisible Man will make its Blu-ray debut on July 24th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras have been imported over from previous home video releases. The bonus content includes a special effects featurette, interviews, some behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, theatrical trailer and ten TV spots.

  • NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
  • How to Become Invisible: The Dawn of Digital F/X (04:11)
  • Vintage interviews with director John Carpenter, actors Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah (05:23)
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage (05:07)
  • Outtakes (03:09)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:01)
  • TV Spots (04:11)

 

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