WENT TO CONEY ISLAND ON A MISSION FROM GOD…BE BACK BY FIVE REVIEWED
“Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five” is a touching indie film about reconnecting with childhood friends. While it might strike many as an odd inclusion to the MVD Rewind Collection, I see why it works. This was a movie that debuted at the end of VHS’s glory days and never quite got a major digital upgrade. In fact, this release is the first HD upgrade the film has seen. Given that Schenkman worked on films like Man from Earth later, it’s neat to see where the guy started. However, that doesn’t make this a good movie.
I enjoyed Jon Cryer’s performance and I could always go for a surprise supporting role from Ione Skye. Still, it’s just a movie about two guys hunting down their now homeless friend. If that sounds cool to you, then check it out.
- NEW Introduction from director Richard Schenkman and Jon Cryer (HD)
- Audio commentary from director Richard Schenkman and Jon Cryer
- ‘Went to Coney Island… To Make a Movie’ Behind the scenes featurette (18:36, SD)
- ‘The Producer’ – Comedy short film directed by Richard Schenkman (3:00, SD)
- Photo Gallery
- Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
- Collectible Mini-Poster
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 5/8/18
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Special Features - 92%92%
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
As kids, Daniel (Jon Cryer) Stan (Rick Stear) and Richie (Rafael Báez)) were inseparable… the best of friends. But as they grew up, they grew apart, and now Richie has gone missing, sending Daniel and Stan on a wintry trek to Coney Island to find their long lost friend. Their trip leads them on a wild journey to the famed amusement park in the off season, where they encounter some of the strangest people this side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Along the way, Stan and Daniel discover they have demons of their own and as they search for their friend, they make revelations about themselves which will change their lives forever. Based on a true story, Went to Coney Island… is an hilarious and heart-rending tale featuring an all-star cast which includes Emmy Winner Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”, Pretty in Pink), Rick Stear (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Rafael Báez (Empire, Shanghai Noon), Ione Skye (Say Anything…, Wayne’s World), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction, Broken Arrow), Peter Gerety (Charlie Wilson’s War, Flight), Dominic Chianese (“The Sopranos”, The Godfather Part II), Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”, “Devious Maids”), and Tony Award Winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent) in this award winning dramedy from writer/director Richard Schenkman (Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth).