Blu-ray Review: THE BIG FIX

THE BIG FIX was directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan from a screenplay by Roger L. Simon and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham and Fritz Weaver. The score is by Bill Conti.

Director Jeremy Paul Kagan’s adaptation of Roger L. Simon’s novel (with Simon providing the screenplay), The Big Fix (1978) is a bittersweet neo-noir starring Richard Dreyfuss as 1970s-era private eye Moses Wine. Even as he mourns the loss of his activist idealism, Moses is contacted by an old girlfriend, Lila Shea (Susan Anspach), who needs help defending the reputation of a candidate running for governor of California and smeared by association with another 1960s radical, Howard Eppis (F. Murray Abraham). Moses investigates, with fatal results.

This 1978 neo-noir comedy thriller follows Moses Wine (Richard Dreyfuss), a private investigator who gets hired by his ex-girlfriend Lila (Susan Anspach) to help defend the reputation of Sam Sebastian (John Lithgow), a candidate (with a past) running for governor of California. The plan is to stop the smear campaign that’s targting their client but Moses finds out they’re in over their heads when Lila is murdered. What was supposed to be a typical game of dirty politics becomes a murder mystery as Moses dives deep in the middle of this deadly game.

Moses was a liberal activist years before he became a private investigator so he decides to recruit the help of his old friend Howard Eppis (F. Murray Abraham), a former 60’s radical leader who’s started a family and now lives the quiet life in suburbia. Things heat up even worse for Moses when his children and old friend also become targets but he’s able to outwit and outmaneuver the sinister figure behind these hit jobs and is ultimately able to reveal and expose who’s behind it all. Moses stops the madness just in time because there was also a plan to blow up the Los Angeles freeway.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, 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. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about The Big Fix by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. 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 serious issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Big Fix was another first time watch for me and I really enjoyed this late 70’s neo-noir comedy thriller. I was curious going into this one because I was already a Richard Dreyfuss fan and it ended up being a really entertaining movie that’s full of suspense but it also has its silly moments thanks to Mr. Dreyfuss and his own style of comedy. There’s a great “broken arm” gag that plays along with the movie. The Big Fix borders on the PG rating because of some of its content, like murder, but it’s handled well and thankfully never gets too dark. That way kids can watch it because, you know, it has kids in it. Props to director Jeremy Paul Kagan for keeping the violence to a minimum. Breaking down the movie, the story was interesting plus it comes with a small twist and watching Richard Dreyfuss as this likable private investigator was a treat. Dreyfuss is also complimented by a great supporting cast but this is his show and he shines in it. The Big Fix is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: PG

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: None

Special Features: The extras include an isolated score track and the original theatrical trailer. It would’ve been great if we could’ve gotten a new interview or some audio commentary with Richard Dreyfuss for this release.

  • Isolated Score Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (03:02)
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