The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release
No synopsis for The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly.
For more about The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly and the The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly Blu-ray release, see the The Hot Spot / Killing Me Softly Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on August 11, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.
Shout! Factory is starting to release some double features on Blu-ray which pair tangentially related films together.
Releases like this are almost always a hit or miss proposition, and that turns out to be the case with the two-fer
varied but problematic modern noirs. The better of the two films on this release is undoubtedly Dennis
Hopper's 1990 opus The Hot Spot, a kind of fetid ménage a trois with Virginia Madsen essaying the kind
femme fatale role she seemed fated to play at that stage of her career, Jennifer Connelly as an apparently
innocent young teenage girl who might nonetheless not be as naïve as she seems, and Don Johnson as a used car
salesman who finds his libido torn between the two women. Killing Me Softly is a fitfully ambitious but
ultimately abysmally failed English language outing by legendary Chinese auteur Chen Kaige, who attempts
(pretty much completely without success)
infuse the noir genre with a heaping dose of metaphor and an almost soft core porn ambience. Heather
portrays a woman in an unhappy relationship who more or less stumbles into a tempestuous affair with a mountain
climber played by Joseph Fiennes. Their incendiary interaction leads to a quick marriage, at which point the man's
past starts rippling out into both of their lives.
For detailed comments on each of these films, please click on the following review links:
This is at best a rather tangentially related double feature, and like double features of yore, it's a hit and miss affair.
The Hot Spot is arguably the better of the two films, but part of that may be due to the fact that the bar is set so
awfully low by Killing Me Softly. Fans who haven't seen either or both of these films and who have some sort of
interest in them may want to check out this bargain priced two-fer.