Into the Night (1985) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Landis
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stacey Pickren
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout Select
Unhappily married, unsatisfyingly employed and unsurprisingly depressed, aerospace engineer and insomniac Ed Okin needs to get away. But getting away proves to be no easy feat when Ed drives to the airport and a gorgeous smuggler, Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), leaps his car, pursued by four killers! Chased across the landscape of a “truly mythical” (Time Out) Los Angeles, Ed and Diana encounter an endless array of intriguing nocturnal characters (played by a bevy of famous directors) and a charming English hitman (David Bowie). But will they escape their relentless pursuers? The only way to find out is by diving Into The Night!
John Landis has managed to direct a number of movies that I just overly enjoy and his semi-comical semi-thriller called Into the Night is no different. Here we have our leading man, Ed, played by Jeff Goldblum having a lot of issues. He can’t sleep, which is hurting his job. But perhaps even worse of all is he has just found out his wife is cheating on him. Still semi-number to all of this he goes out one night where he runs across Michelle Pfeiffer’s character of Diana in some big trouble. He ends up helping her and then keeps on helping her with all of her troubles and that is what makes up the movie. We also have such names as Dan Aykroyd, David Cronenberg, and David Bowie in this one as well with different roles. You could easily say a lot happens here but the movie keeps things rolling nicely and you don’t even notice the running time of the film which ends up being about 2 hours. That shows you how well the storytelling is here.
While I think Jeff Goldblum is always great to see (and he is here even if he’s perhaps under-acting a bit), I think this is a movie that could make anyone a Michelle Pfeiffer fan. I always knew her work and was okay with her but she was always just kinda “there” for me until I seen her in this role. I’ll even go as far as to call this her best role in my opinion. The movie has some deaths in it but even with those nothing seems to ever get too heavy in the movie. I like the tone even if you could call it one that gets a little awkward at times. The movie looks great on Blu-ray and comes with some awesome extras that I’ll list below. But if you love John Landis or just movies in general that make their genre a little harder to define, then you’ll want to check this one out.
– NEW Restored Master
– NEW John Landis: “Back Into The Night”
– NEW Jeff Goldblum: “Requiem For An Insomniac”
– Award-Winning Documentary B.B. King Into The Night
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 95%