Blu-ray Review: YEAR OF THE COMET

YEAR OF THE COMET was directed by Peter Yates and stars Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Daly, Louis Jourdan, Art Malik, Ian Richardson, Ian McNeice, and Julia McCarthy. The story and score were by Hummie Mann.

A lively script by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and taut direction by Peter Yates (Bullitt) provide the keynotes for Year of the Comet (1992), a romantic comedy thriller about the pursuit of the most valuable bottle of wine in history. Timothy Daly, Penelope Ann Miller, and Louis Jourdan (in his last film role) star, racing from Scotland to France, with musical accompaniment from Hummie Mann.

This 1992 romantic comedy adventure follows Margaret Harwood (Penelope Ann Miller), a young wine expert who accidentally discovers the most valuable bottle of wine in history. The wine was bottled in the year 1811 aka the Year of the Comet and that’s how it got its name. Margaret gets in way over her head because there’s the evil scientist Philippe (Louis Jourdan), along with his scoundrels, who also wants the bottle for himself. Standing in the way is the reluctant and wisecracking hero Oliver Plexico (Tim Daly) who enters the picture to help Margaret fend off the villains. The two go on this exciting European cross country adventure while trading possession of this giant bottle of wine with the evil scientist who is willing to stop at nothing to get it. Of course, good prevails over evil and the bottle of wine ends up in the safe hands of a surprising owner in the end.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork for movie. The Blu-ray disc also features artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Year of the Comet by Julie Kirgo and some original artwork on the 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 issues with the video and audio. Another great job by Twilight Time!

Bottom line is, Year of the Comet was another first time watch for me and I really enjoyed it. The movie has the 80’s rom-com adventure stamp all over and fits right in with fan favorites like Romancing the Stone,  Overboard and many others. It’s not as popular as these two but it’s still a fun watch and makes a really good date movie. There were so many movies like this that came out of the 80’s and they all pretty much ised the same (insert character here) formula where the male lead would be this wisecracking heroic type and the female lead would be headstrong and indepedent with a touch of damsel in distress. The movie itself was fast-paced with a nice mixture of comedy and action to move it along without ever stalling. I also love a good chase scene in movie and this one features a car chase, helicopter chase, plane chase and even a boat chase. Peter Yates directed the interesting cast of characters led by Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Daly and you could see the chemistry between these two likable characters on screen. This Blu-ray is now available and has a limited edition of 3,000 units and is worth adding to your Twilight Time collection.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1) Region Free (A/B/C)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features:

  • Isolated Music Track
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:45)


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