“Class of 1984” was a film that I never appreciated until I was older. Tim Van Patten has gone from a scary lead into one of the best TV directors. Hell, Perry King and Roddy McDowell turned in badass roles. Michael J. Fox shows up a young kid who gets stabbed for running his mouth. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! That being said, it still plays like a Canadian/American co-production rip-off of “A Clockwork Orange” in an early 80s setting.
Mark L. Lester is one of those directing talents that I always tie to one film. That film being “Commando” and I see that enjoyment of overindulgence spread through this movie. The film is a quick romp over a 90 minute stretch that is constantly permeated by three points. That Alice Cooper song, scary kids/teacher commit acts of violence and Perry King breaking down. If you were so inclined, you could create a drinking game.
The Blu-Ray comes with interviews, commentary, trailer, TV spots and a trailer gallery as the special features. The A/V Quality is quite impressive compared to my old VHS tape. The 1080p transfer really pops for a film of its age. If that wasn’t enough, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track opens the back channels to create a proper environment. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
Release Date: 04/14/15