“Empire Records” is a film that has aged so poorly for me over the last two decades. I can remember having a poster for the film and cranking the soundtrack on my Discman during early morning bus rides. However, nostalgia does nothing for this. It’s not like I ever found myself attached to anything that Cochrane, Embry or LaPaglia ever offered. Robin Tunney and Renee Zellweger play stereotypes, while Liv Tyler can’t even pull off a manic pixie dream girl. How is there still a cult fanbase for this movie?
The mid 1990s wasn’t a good time for art. We had the beginnings of a privileged era where more media was becoming available and individuals were forsaking their own voice to revel in treasures of the past. Whether it’s the inclusion of Caulfield as an aging rockstar or the push to have music cuts that sound like older tunes, this is a lost generation. They don’t want to exist as a proper business, but rebel. Rebel in the most vapid TV movie way that echoes everything that came before. This film is a milestone to the lack of originality that these Generation X brats let loose on the populace and the youth have mutated ever since.
The Blu-Ray comes with the original cut of the film and you get most of the deleted scenes as the special features. You also get three music videos and a trailer. The 1080p transfer is flat, but still shines at much needed moments. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track only pops during the final performance with Coyote Shivers. If you’re a fan, you’ll want it. Everyone else can skip it.
Release Date: 04/07/15