Blu-ray Review: THE CRUSH

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THE CRUSH was written and directed by Alan Shapiro and stars Cary Elwes, Jennifer Rubin, Kurtwood Smith, Gwynyth Walsh, Amber Benson and Alicia Silverstone.

This 1993 suspenseful thriller follows Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes), a magazine writer who gets a new job in the city and rents a room from Cliff Forrester (Kurtwood Smith) and his wife Liv (Gwynyth Walsh), whose 14-year-old daughter, Adrian (Alicia Silverstone) quickly gets infatuated with their new tenant. At first Nick is flattered by Adrian’s flirtation and thinks it’s simply a cute crush from the attractive teen. The extremely smart and really cute Adrian makes even more advances and things begin to get a little more uncomfortable for Nick. This is where Adrian starts to show a much more aggressive side and an unhealthy psychopathic lust for him. She pretty much can’t take no for an answer.

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Adrian can’t take no for an answer so she decides to make life difficult for Nick. The girl takes things way too far when she starts interfering with his job as well as lure Nick’s lady friend Amy into danger. All of this is going on and Adrian’s parents continue to think she’s such a little angel. The final straw is when Nick has had enough and kind of physically confronts Adrian in public so the psycho-teen decides to tell a big lie that gets Nick in some big trouble with her parents and the law. The truth does finally come out and Adrian’s true psycho side is ultimately revealed in one final awkward encounter that lets Nick off the hook.

Just say no! But what if the person can’t take no for an answer? Then you’re in some big trouble! This is what  the story for The Crush is all about. The story is a good one and the movie itself falls in line with other female psycho-thrillers like Single White Female and Fatal Attraction where romantic obsessions turn into complete nightmares. Cary Elwes does a great job with his portrayal as Nick who is one of two central characters in the story. Jennifer Rubin does a really good job as Nick’s love interest Amy who ends up getting caught in the middle of this uncomfortable situation. And finally there’s Alicia Silverstone in her breakthrough role as Adrian who is the other central character in the movie. This girl is a beautiful genius whose hormones are running wild and she can’t take no for an answer.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. 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. Scream Factory includes a message before the movie stating that there’s a “phasing issue with the audio that goes back to the DVD version and is apparent in all known sources for this film”. Don’t worry because it sounds great. I know they are just covering their bases but it really doesn’t hamper with the viewing experience at all.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting The Crush that is another movie that I hadn’t seen in forever and a day. I remember having it in my VHS collection back in the 90’s and I have no idea what happened to it, or most of the tapes for that matter. Anyway, there’s a reason this cool psycho-thriller is a cult classic and Alicia Silverstone is a big part of that very reason. Alicia Silverstone had previously been featured in Aerosmith’s music videos “Cryin'”, “Amazing”, and “Crazy” and this unsettling thriller is what put the young actress on the map. Next up for Silverstone would be the coming of age comedy smash Clueless! Getting back to The Crush, Alan Shapiro did a great job telling the story for this thriller and the rest of the cast lead by Elwes was absolutely amazing. The Crush arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on June 21st and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The Blu-ray includes some new commentary with the director and two new interviews with some of the cast. There’s also the original theatrical trailer and a TV spot.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Alan Shapiro
  • NEW The Doting Father – An Interview With Kurtwood Smith (09:59)
  • NEW Stung By Love – An Interview With Actress Jennifer Rubin (13:19)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:03)
  • TV Spot (00:17)



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