“Eddie and the Cruisers” and its sequel “Eddie Lives” are those kinds of movies that I remember from VHS boxes. It seemed for ages that these two films were used as the mortar of most Mom and Pop video rental places. It wouldn’t be until I was High School that I sat down to watch the movies. That was only because I had grown to worship Michael Pare because he was so awesome in “Streets of Fire”. So, what was I going to do with two movies about extended Baby Boomer music worship?

The films want to fulfill this fantasy about how musical passion triumphs all. But, even Eddie can’t stay away from cashing in on fame. The sequel directly contradicts the first movie by making Eddie’s decision to walk away from it all mean nothing. It’s a bizarre duology and one that belongs almost exclusively to the 1980s. Still, young Ellen Barkin had a look about her.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for films of its age. The 1080p transfer are dark, but they provide great depth. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio tracks are also period appropriate. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

Release Date: 04/14/15

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