“Funny and Fantastic! The Special Effects are Astonishing.” – Marshall Fine, Gannett Newspaper
Just a quick nap and weary stock analyst Nick Halloway is sure he’ll emerge as good as new. Instead, he wakes up as good as gone. Vanished. A nuclear accident has made Nick … invisible!
The laughs and visual effects are out of sight when Chevy Chase headlines Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Sam Neill) who’ve put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Daryl Hannah) in a way she’s never “seen” before. John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs and Industrial Light and Magic create eye-opening effects as Nick embarks on his manic quest. Seeing is believing!
Memoirs of an Invisible Man was released in 1992, directed by John Carpenter, and starring Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah. It has been described as “North by Northwest meets Starman” and that’s a really good description if you ask me. The story follows Nick Halloway, played by Chase, as his body is turned transparent due to science mishap. When shady government agent David Jenkins, played by Sam Neil, discovers an invisible man, he immediately begins hunting him, in order to turn him into the ultimate stealth assassin.Daryl Hannah plays Alice, Halloway’s love interest, and once she learns of Halloway’s condition, she does everything in her power to help him.
I didn’t like Memoirs of an invisible man the first time I watched it, so I was interested to see how a rewatch would play out. Honestly I found a new appreciation for the film, though I still have some problems with it. Most of all, I don’t think Daryl Hannah and Chevy Chase have any screen chemistry whatsoever. Also, entertaining as it may be, the story is very generic. On top of that, a movie like Invisible Man should probably be lighthearted, but Memoirs really isn’t. It’s sort of a dark story, that very much takes itself seriously. You think Chevy Chase, you think slapstick comedy, and while some of that is present, not nearly as much as one would assume while examining the box, deciding whether or not to rent(HAH!) or purchase.
On the plus side, dated as they may be now, the effects of Memoirs of an Invisible Man were groundbreaking for the time. By today’s standard, the CGI would be considered “bad” but taking into account the state of computer graphics in 1992, I think what they accomplished was pretty damn effective. Overall, Memoirs is an entertaining, but serious adventure. It’s not quite the comedy you expect it to be, but it’s certainly worth a one time viewing, if nothing else. Yes, John Carpenter was sort of a director-for-hire here, but if you’ve seen The Ward, you know how that can turn out. That didn’t happen here, and I’m quite thankful that it didn’t. A quick warning, if you plan on watching with a younger viewer, there is a single F-bomb, and some suggestive dialog and situations. It wasn’t made for kids, anyway. It’s a very grown up movie.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is great. There is some subtle scrubbing, including of some of the grain, but the colors pop, and the blacks are very black. There is still grain, it’s just a thin layer, and what little scrubbing was done, is less than noticeable. The disc sports a full 1080p AVC-encoded transfer presented in 2.35:1, and sourced from a new 2K scan from the interpositive. The audio is presented in the form of a Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio track, and though it lacks that surround punch, it’s more than serviceable. The audio is clear, and plenty loud enough for your home theater. One drawback to the disc is a complete lack of any new special features. There are some extras on the disc, but it has been ported over from previous releases. If you’re a fan of this film, or John Carpenter, the disc is definitely worth purchasing. For a long time now it has only been available MOD, or imported Blu-rays. You may purchase a copy of your own by visiting the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
- How To Become Invisible: The Dawn Of Digital F/X
- Vintage Interviews With Director John Carpenter And Actors Chevy Chase And Daryl Hannah
- Behind The Scenes Footage
- Theatrical Trailer
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