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Losin' It

Kl Studio Classics // R // March 19, 2019
List Price: $29.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted April 8, 2019 | E-mail the Author



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Losin It Blu-ray Review


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Tom Cruise was Ethan Hunt and one of the world's great action stars,
Cruise was featured in a zany and off-kilter 80's comedy called
Losin' it
about three teenage boys on a quest across borders
to
lose their virginity in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Directed by
Curtin Hanson (who would go on to greatness with cinematic gems like
L.A. Confidential) and produced by Garth H.
Drabinsky (The
Changeling
) and Joel B. Michaels (Stargate),
Losin' it
might not be high-art but it's a run ride.


Woody (Tom Cruise) and his
close
friends Dave (Jackie Earle Haley) and Spider (John Stockwell) set out
on a road trip to Tijuana to have a party across the town. The
ultimate goal? To lose their virginity. Along the strange trip they
encounter and befriend Kathy (Shelley Long), a attendant at a
convenience store who spontaneously decides to join them on their
trip to Mexico so she can get divorced from her husband quickly.


Wendell (John P. Navin Jr),
is the
youngest of the bunch and he happens to be Dave's younger brother. He
also decides to tag along for the road trip but with a much different
mission in his mind: capitalism. Wendell's goal is to buy up loads of
cheap fireworks and sell them to his neighborhood kids for inflated
prices back home.


The film was never that
well received
critically but has garnered a small cult status and fandom for it's
early role from Tom Cruise. Yet despite the originally lackluster
reception, the film also has a number of impressive production
aspects from a charming score by Kenneth Wannberg (Blame it on
Rio
, The Amateur) to the production
design by Robb Wilson
King (Rush Hour). This is definitely a entertaining
80's
time-capsule.


The best thing about the
film's
aesthetic is the cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars,
The Omen). This is an impressive film visually and
the
cinematography goes hand-in-hand with the direction by Curtis Hanson
(L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys,
8 Mile).
Hanson, a remarkably gifted filmmaker, showcases his high potential
and craftsmanship with this film even if it's just a glimpse at the
cinematic-wizardly which would later come from him.


From a screenplay
standpoint, Losin'
it
was written by Bill Norton (staff director on Buffy
the
Vampire Slayer
) based on a story by Bill Norton and Bryan
Gindoff. The film isn't exactly what one would call "high-art"
but there's great dialogue and character-interactions on display
here. Each of the film's leads has their own distinctive
personalities and Shelley Long's character feels well-developed.
While Losin' it might never be considered some
radiant gem
which was simply lost in the shuffle, it's a surprisingly
entertaining film which has a heart behind it too (the final scenes
are quite effective). It's funny and it's surprisingly well-done.
Most will probably want to see Losin' it just out
of curiosity
for Cruise's early role but the film has other worthy merits as well.


color="#222222">The
Blu-ray:




Video:


Losin' it arrives
on Blu-ray
from Kino with a brand new 2K source master for the presentation.
Though the source film print utilized seems somewhat dated this is
actually a generally impressive looking release which preserves film
grain and has a good amount of detail. Though early scenes in the
film have some wear and tear to them with minor print damage, the
majority of the presentation is rather impressive. This is a stronger
catalog title from Kino. The color reproduction and detail is quite
good and the film looks naturally filmic as it should.


Audio:


The film is presented with
a average
quality DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo audio presentation. In
comparison to the video, the audio is much less impressive. The audio
sounds flat and lacks in quality dynamics or fidelity. Based on the
quality of this average audio presentation, it seems as though little
effort went into restoration of the track (other than minor cleanup
of hiss, etc.) and the results are just decent. Dialogue is still
easy to understand and on the whole it's a modest audio presentation.


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English SDH subtitles (for the deaf
and hard of
hearing) are also provided.




Extras:


There are no extras
included on this
release other than trailers promoting other Kino releases.


Final Thoughts:


color="#222222">Losin'
it
is an
entertaining early work
from the great director Curtis Hanson (
color="#222222">L.A.
Confidential)
.
While the film only
offers audiences a glimpse of the talents of Hanson and the young
star Tom Cruise (who would go on to become...
color="#222222">that
Tom Cruise)
the film is a
surprisingly enjoyable romp that breezes by with relative ease. The
presentation isn't too shabby either with a generally impressive 2K
transfer. While there are no real extras to speak of this is still a
decent release worth consideration.


color="#222222">On
a different note, Losin'
it
marks
my final review for DVD Talk after almost a decade of writing for the
website. I'm moving on to new endeavors and am currently saying my
farewell. It's been a great joy to be able to provide readers with
my thoughts and insights on films and their presentations. For those
interested, please know I will continue to write film reviews. I'm
just moving in a brand new direction.


color="#222222">Thanks
to everyone who has written me comments or e-mails over the years.
I've always enjoyed receiving messages from readers.


For one last time...


This release
comes
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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