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"Jimmy Hollywood" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Jimmy Alto (Joe Pesci) is an actor who can’t get a break.  Despite his best efforts, he hasn’t landed a role in some time.  With so much time on his hands, Jimmy starts looking for alternative ways to make himself famous.  After having his car stereo stolen, Jimmy decides to take the law into his own hands and track down the thief.  With the help of his best friend William (Christian Slater), Jimmy forms the vigilante-justice group “SOS” and begins rounding up local hooligans and dropping them off at the Hollywood Police station, complete with video proof of their crimes.  Unfortunately, the Hollywood Police don’t take kindly to citizens taking the law into their own hands and Jimmy quickly finds that he’s a wanted man.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 1994, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 57 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Joe Pesci and Christian Slater
  • Directed by Barry Levinson
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Moderate

Commentary

I am a big fan of both Joe Pesci and Christian Slater.  However, this is definitely one of the worst movies that either of these two fine actors has made.  The plot is weak and the characters are not believable.  The acting is fair, but there is only so much that can be done with the poor script and inept dialogue.

Technical

For a movie released in 1994, the picture quality is not very good.  The image has decent contrast, but there is very little detail in the shots.  Longer shots and backgrounds are particularly fuzzy.  Colors are a bit muted as well.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack sounds more like a stereo mix, with only the front speakers seeing any activity.  I don’t recall hearing much of anything coming from the surrounds, and bass is virtually non-existent.   Dialogue is nice and clear though.

Extras

The only extras on this disc are a few trailers for other Lionsgate films.