Movie Review: DUDES (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DUDES was directed by Penelpoe Spheeris from a screenplay by J. Randal Johnson and stars Jon Cryer, Flea, Daniel Roebuck, Pete Willcox and Catherine Mary Stewart. The soundtrack features music by The Vandals, The Little Kings, Keel, Jane’s Addiction and Steve Vai.

Urban angst meets the Wild West when three NYC punks (Jon Cryer of Pretty in Pink, Daniel Roebuck of River’s Edge, and Flea of Suburbia and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) on a road trip to California cross paths with a vicious gang and their psycho leader (Lee Ving, Streets of Fire and Fear). Aided by a pistol-packin’ knockout (Catherine Mary Stewart, Night of the Comet), a daredevil Elvis Presley impersonator (Pete Willcox), and mystical spirits of the past, they relentlessly pursue the gang to an epic, hallucinogenic, final showdown.

The movie starts out with Grant (Jon Cryer), Biscuit (Daniel Roebuck) and Milo (Flea), this trio of rebellious punk rocker friends from New York City who set out on a road trip to Los Angeles. They end up crossing paths with a sleazy gang and it leaves Milo dead so Grant decides to get some revenge for the murder of his friend but Biscuit is a little hesitant at first. During their journey they meet up with Jessie (Catherine Mary Stewart) who ends up helping them with their mission plus Grant kind of hits it of with her. While Grant gets to know Jessie a little better, Biscuit goes on this drug/alcohol induced vision quest that ultimately puts him on the same page as Grant. The two focused friends dress up as a cowboy and indian and end up tracking down the gang and exacting revenge for their fallen compadre.

Dudes is an extremely strange movie that doesn’t quite fit in with any kind of genre out there because it has bits and pieces of everything in it. The interesting story was about avenging a friend’s death but it also included elements of romance, comedy and adventure. This is a full blown indie movie that plays like one. You can tell there wasn’t much of a budget to play with but Penelope Spheeris was able to capture these fascinating characters that were the driving force of the movie. All of the acting was really good and these characters were so much fun to follow. This is your chance to see Jon Cryer as the hero/cowyboy of the story instead of the goofy sidekick. Speaking of goofy sidekicks, Daniel Roebuck delivers a fantastic performance as this white punk rocking New Yorker who gets in touch with his indian side and decides to dress like one. It’s always great to see Catherine Mary Stewart in anything she’s in. She plays this strong female but she also gives the movie some much needed sex appeal because it’s full of testosterone.

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. Each disc features its own indiviidual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc and standard-definition disc were really good. I did notice just a little grain in a few of the darker scenes but it’s nothing bad at all. I really didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Dudes was an exciting and trippy first time watch for me. It’s amazing that after I watched the interviews in the extras that this movie never even got a release back in the day because the distributors didn’t get it at first. Over the years Dudes has found a loyal fan base because it really is a fun watch and thankfully Shout! Factory has decided to give it a nice home video release and deservingly so. If I had to describe the movie I’d call it a punk rock apocalyptic western that features a great cast and fantastic soundtrack. The movie also has a nice amount of humor in it courtesy of these likable characters. This 1987 rock ‘n’ roll comedy adventure is the latest to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line and makes its debut on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on October 10th. Press play and crank it up!

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: R

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

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

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: There’s nearly two hours of extras that includes new interviews with the cast, theatrical trailer, a vintage featurette and photo gallery.

  • Jon Cryer interviewed by Penelope Spheeris (31:42)
  • Flea Interviewed by Penelope Spheeris (26:05)
  • Catherine Mary Stewart Interview (13:01)
  • Daniel Roebuck interviewed by Penelope Spheeris (25:15)
  • J. Randall Johnson and Miguel Tejada-Flores Interview (14:12)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:25)
  • Vintage Featurette – Making of Dudes (06:50)
  • Photo Gallery (07:39)



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