Movie Review: 10 T0 MIDNIGHT (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

10 TO MIDNIGHT was directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by William Roberts and stars Charles Bronson, Gene Davis, Andrew Stevens, Lisa Eilbacher, Jeana Tomasina Keough, Geoffrey Lewis, Kelly Preston, Robert F. Lyons and Wilford Brimley. The music is composed by Robert O. Ragland.

Charles Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacy (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection from beautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacy free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler’s plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacy on his own … before the crazed killer can strike again! 

This 1983 psycho-thriller follows Leo Kessler (Charles Bronson), a rogue Los Angeles detective who’s after Warren Stacy (Gene Davis), a serial killer that ends up being extremely hard to catch because he continuously plays the broken system. The cop and killer play a deadly game of cat and mouse but in desperation Kessler ends up planting some evidence that will hopefully get Stacy off the streets but unfortunately it ends up backfiring and Stacy stays on the streets. Let’s just say reckless morality got in the way because Kessler’s rookie partner Paul McAnn (Andrew Stevens) thought they needed to go by the book and this is why Stacy goes free.

What happens is, this event puts Stacy in full blown revenge mode so he ends up targeting Kessler’s daughter Laurie (Lisa Eilbacher) who’s completely unaware that she’s next on his list. The killer doesn’t waste any time and ends up paying her a visit where he viciously slices his way through all of her friends. Thankfully, Laurie is able to elude her pursuer for a brief moment and just when Stacy thinks he’s got the young woman in his reach, Kessler arrives to save his daughter and is finally able to stop the sociopath before he takes another innocent life.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new 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 some classic artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for 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. Scream Factory has given 10 to Midnight a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. 

Bottom line is, 10 to Midnight ended up being another first time watch for me and I really enjoyed Charles Bronson’s step into the horror realm with this dark cop drama. This 1983 cult thriller wastes no time in introducing the sociopathic madman so what it focuses on is the cat and mouse game that the cop and killer play and it’s extremely well done even though it’s kind of over-the-top at times. This old Cannon Group classic uses the basic cop formula that so many other action movies have used where the rule breaking hero chases down the hard to catch villain and in the end executes his own style of vigilante justice with no repercussions. Say what? Anyway, Bronson delivered his old school, tough guy approach to his likable character that’s complimented by a brave performance by Gene Davis who runs around naked in a number of scenes and plays this serial killer just right. All in all, this has ended up being my favorite Charles Bronson movie even though I’ve only witnessed a handful of his features but this one was definitely an entertaining watch. 10 to Midnight will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on January 22nd.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: R

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

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include four new interviews with some of the cast and crew, new audio commentary, vintage audio commentary, theatrical trailer, three radio spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • NEW Charlie’s Partner – an interview with actor Andrew Stevens (10:46)
  • NEW Producing Bronson – an interview with producer Lance Hool (12:41)
  • NEW Remembering Bronson – an interview with actor Robert F. Lyons (06:00)
  • NEW Knife and Death – an interview with actress Jeana Tomasina Keough (06:55)
  • NEW Audio Commentary with writer/historian Paul Talbot (the Bronson’s Loose! books)
  • Audio Commentary with producer Pancho Kohner, casting director John Crowther and film historian David Del Valle
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:14)
  • Radio Spots (01:39)
  • Still Gallery (06:56)
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