Twilight Time Blu-ray: Hardcore (1979)

Hardcore (1979)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring:  George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent, Leonard Gaines, 
David Nichols

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 5 out of 5

I was super excited learning this was going to be a Special Edition Blu-ray by Twilight Time, for the simple fact this stars one of my all-time favorite actors and second I had never seen this before, and so this was an absolute treat. George C. Scott is one of those perfect performers that was able to create and complete a persona and crafted an ability to own any film he did. He built his characters in such a believable fashion that it left the viewer with a passionate love for his acting wonderment. He starred in three of my all-time favorite films. 
The one and only World War 2 film, Patton which is always the obvious one on most film lovers list. The second is the very underrated Ghost horror film from 1980, The Changeling which is a creepy, spooky and perfect little gem. And third, last but not least one of the greatest sequels, The Exorcist 3. It was super exciting to see Hardcore, a George C. Scott film I had never seen. Twilight Time did an amazing job in picking this one.

The film is a very complex drama thick with a thriller mentality. The subject matter is deep. George C. Scott plays Jake VanDorn a business man that is seeking out to find his teenage daughter who has ran away and is now making porno films in the underbelly of California’s porno business.

Also starring the wonderful Peter Boyle. Always priceless to see him. Also the amazing Dick Sargent stars in this. Also keep an eye out for the beautiful, amazing Jean Allison who starred acting in 1957 and continued to do so until 1984. She to me never got the limelight she deserved. Her talent is amazing. Huge TV performer but also film performer. She has graced her beauty in just about all the popular TV shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. It was grand seeing her in this.

I have to mention the performance by Season Hubley who plays the porno actress and hooker Niki. Hubley gives a wonderful performance. The interaction between Scott and her is priceless performing. Both bring that believability to the screen that leaves the viewer feeling apart of what is happening.

Hardcore is directed by in my viewpoint one of the greatest screenplay writer’s and also Directors. He might not get the same house hold name love like Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, but his talent is just as equally important. He is the man that wrote one of the greatest film scripts to ever come out of cinema, the one and only 1976’s masterpiece Taxi Driver. Also wrote the screenplays for Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Affliction, American Gigolo which he also directed. He is still going strong today. He has had hits and misses but always is able to capture a uniqueness about each of his films.   


My Rating: 5 out of 5

The film has never looked any better. The imagery is so cleaned up, does not look at all as if it came from the 70’s. Looks fantastic in High Definition. The sound is equally impressive. Both audio and Video is both brilliant for this special edition Blu-ray.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1979 / Color


My Rating:  3 out of 5

Isolated Score Track-  This is a wonderful special feature for the simple fact a genius, and often overlooked, or forgotten about musician is behind this music. Bernard Alfred “Jack” Nitzsche, was an arranger, producer, song writer and most of all film score composer. Sadly, this master passed away in 2000, but left a world of music mastery. He was truly a guru of the music world, working with bands such as The Rolling Stones, and many musicians, such as Neil Young. But it was his movie world ties that expresses to me his ultimate mastery. All one has to do is look at his resume for the movies. One of the best soundtracks ever in my viewpoint, the masterpiece film, and my personal number one choice of best horror film, 1973’s The Exorcist. He worked on 1975’s masterpiece, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The very underrated 1980’s Cruising. 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman, 1984’s Sci-Fi classic Starman. The perfection that is 1986’s Stand by Me, and many more. He was perfection in film score and music world, and Twilight Time honored his mastery with this special feature.

Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Paul Schrader. Listening to the man himself talk about the movie is a great special feature. Loved the info.

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo. An awesome array of multi-talented film historians. I love listening to passionate people who truly get film, and love film.

Original Theatrical Trailer

Also the amazing booklet insert by the one and only Julie Kirgo which is always a plus. These booklets are always cherished.


Another priceless example of pure Twilight Time perfection. Always a treat to experience there 3,000 Unit production of awesome movies, mostly over looked and forgotten about films. Twilight Time always chooses great and interesting films and Hardcore is another one of those choices that is perfect to praise.


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