HOOKed on Blu-Ray   2 comments

November 1st will most likely mark the pinnacle of my life. Sadly, it will only go down from there. Weddings and child births will just be blips on the radar compared to something I like to call “Hook on Blu-Ray Day.”

This December marks the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release. I was only 5 years old when I saw it on the big screen, but it’s still one of my most vivid and cherished memories. I can even remember before the feature presentation, they played MC Hammer’s “Addams Groove” music video to promote the modernized Addams Family remake. I don’t know why that stuck with me, but it did, and that’s what makes this memory even more awesome.

It amazes me how many people my age still have fond memories of Hook. It also amazes me how many negative reviews were written upon its release. To those reviewers, you remind me of what happen to Peter Pan when he grew up. He lost his sense of fun and fearless attitude. He forgot how to fly, or a better example, he became an adult. So think about what you’ve done, you angry overpaid critics.

As a blu-ray guru I’ve been waiting for this news for quite some time now. If Steven Spielberg’s current track record of high-definition transfers are any indication of what’s to come, then Hook fans are in for a real treat. The 1080p picture will make us think we’re watching it for the first time. Kind of like Peter finding his happy thought again. Bangarang!

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  1. I remember when this came out being very excited for it – mostly because of the Spielberg factor – and being very…I don’t know…I think I got bored. I’ve caught bits and pieces of it on TV since then and I usually watch it. Or at least have it on in the background. It seems people who experienced it as kids – who were the relative same age as the Lost Boys the first time they saw it – seem to have much fonder memories of it than I do.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. I probably sounded a tad harsh toward the critics, and as a Spielberg film it certainly doesn’t live up to his usual standards of storytelling, so I can understand them wanting to pounce on his every flaw. But what he does so well with all his family targeted movies is all the “in between” stuff that I think sticks to a younger audience more than the actual plot. Like in E.T. I always loved that Elliot said “penis-breath.” That made the movie for me whether it was good or not. Hook was chalked full of little nuggets like that. Bottom line is they just don’t write kid movies like they used to. But I guess every generation could feel the same way. To each his own.

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