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Baby it’s You – Olive Films (BluRay) 
Written by: on July 25th, 2015

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1983
Director: John Sayles
Writer: John Sayles
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin, Jack Davidson, Nick Ferrari

BluRay released: July 14th, 2015
Approximate running times: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: A spoiled Jewish girl in high school circa 1966 catches the eye of an Italian greaser. Perhaps the differences in personality, education, and cultural background are part of the mutual attraction.  But can the romance endure as the characters mature?

Director John Sales takes the well-worn story of a doomed romance and imbues it with a life all it’s own. It contains episodic slice-of-life episodes (like American Graffiti) and raunchy comedic scenes (like Last American Virgin). This illustrates a dual strength and weakness of the film, a schizophrenic quality which manifests itself in glaring 80’s inconsistencies with the mostly well presented sixties setting. Even the soundtrack includes great period pieces like Wooly Bully and Surfin’ Bird mixed in with Bruce Springsteen tracks.

The performance of Rosanna Arquette in her first starring role is absolutely stunning. Her character and performance is compelling from beginning to end. Victor Spano, who played an uncouth juvenile delinquent in Over The Edge, here plays an uncouth young hoodlum. The film begins in the senior year of high school in Trenton, New Jersey with a full roster of friends and acquaintances for both Jill and Shiek. Following graduation, Jill attends an exclusive women’s college, which introduces a whole new cast of characters. Throughout the film the supporting characters are excellent and portrayed with pathos and humor. There are numerous bit parts as well including Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) and Frank Vincent (“The Sopranos”).

Baby it’s You is an engrossing romantic drama that boasts excellent performances, great locations, and features many name performers in the dawn of their careers. Recommended.

The BluRay:

Note: The BluRay portion of this review was written by Michael Den Boer

Baby it’s You comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. When compared to the Legend Films DVD release, this new transfer is superior in every way and more importantly this new release has been flagged for progressive playback unlike that aforementioned release from Legend Films which was interlaced. Areas of improvement include, image clarity, more vibrant colors, stronger contrast and black levels. Also grain is present and looks natural throughout and there are no issues with compression or DNR.

This film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. The audio is in great shape as there are no issue with background noise or distortion. Also dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise it is this film’s soundtrack that benefits the most as it always sounds robust and when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack they are well represented. Also there are no subtitle options included with this release.

This release comes with no extra content.

Overall another solid audio / video presentation from Olive Films.

Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.

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