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Kuffs (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Because Gleaming the Cube didn’t quite pay all the Slater-avenging bills! 

Okay, I will fess up. When I originally saw this flick, it was for Milla Jovovich dancing around in her underwear and for no other reason. I mean, I guess I thought that maybe it would be worth a chuckle or two.  Some freewheeling 20-year-old dropout taking over his brother’s security detail in San Francisco?  Cool.  The point is that my original entry into Kuffs was not for Christian Slater, who needed his turn as the down-and-out George Kuffs to be something greater than it ever was, nor was it for the awesome Harold Faltermeyer score.

"might be a bit cheesy in its handling of violent action but it is never pretentious in its roll-out, making it a somewhat of a goofy ride"


Yet, the wise-cracking charm of Kuffs managed to became a favorite flick of my high school years.  Maybe it was the film debut of Ashley Judd that did it. Or maybe it was the fourth wall breaking narration of Slater, who winked and nudged his way out of being responsible for his pregnant girlfriend (Jovovich) and wistfully explained his desire to get to Brazil and join in on their gold rush.  Always the dreaming flake, George is.

Written (with Raynold Gideon) and directed by Bruce A. Evans (Mr. Brooks), Kuffs is the story of George Kuffs (a very charismatic Slater) and his brief visit with his older brother, who owns an auxiliary law enforcement unit.  Brad (Bruce Boxleitner) wants George to quit running and denies him the loan.  He is then gunned down in a church by Kane (Leon Rippy, Eight Legged Freaks, Stargate, and Deadwood).  Uh-oh.

George witnesses this killing and, with no other choice, picks up his brother’s unit and starts hunting down the criminal ring responsible for the murder of his brother.  And then the hilarity happens.  George is a smart dude and he understands that, when it comes to being a police officer, he has a whole new set of skills to learn or does he just need to figure out how to apply his squirrely ways to being a responsible adult? 

Light on details and heavy on action, Kuffs remains a fun (but never forgettable movie).  Perhaps that is why Shout! Select has issued it on blu-ray through their Select series of titles.  The movie IS entertaining and, with some great one-liners from Slater, always lit with an attitude, the film works its manic magic while George works to bring a bunch of deadly hooligans to justice. Kuffs

Kuffs, clocking in at a zippy 102-minutes, might be a bit cheesy in its handling of violent action but it is never pretentious in its roll-out, making it a somewhat of a goofy ride through San Francisco as actor Tony Goldwyn, playing George’s police partner, drinks spiked coffee and loses his mind as the two go after a crime spree that leads them to a crooked art dealer.

Watch a nobody with the stunning Milla Jovovich as his girlfriend violate every known civil right with a wink and a smile.  Kuffs is now out on blu-ray thanks to Shout! Select.

3/5 beers

Kuffs

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- April 30, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Presented in a crisp 1080p transfer, Kuffs is a film of pristine beauty thanks to this transfer.  The freewheeling action flick doesn’t show much aging.  The film is dominated with reds and greens that absolutely burst with color.  The clothes are detailed and the simple backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  The San Fran setting looks lovely, too.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director Bruce A. Evans And Co-Writer/Producer Raynold Gideon attached to the release.

Special Features:

Fans get a visual upgrade of the movie, a NEW audio commentary, a NEW interview with co-writers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, and a NEW interview with Harold Faltermeyer.  Cool stuff for fans of the movie to dive into.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director Bruce A. Evans And Co-Writer/Producer Raynold Gideon
  • NEW A Conversation With Bruce A. Evans And Raynold Gideon
  • NEW A Conversation With Composer Harold Faltermeyer
  • Trailers & TV Spots

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3.5/5 stars

Kuffs (1992) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Runtime:
102 mins
Director
: Bruce A. Evans
Writer:
Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon
Cast:
Christian Slater, Milla Jovovich, Ric Roman Waugh
Genre
: Action | Comedy
Tagline:
When you have attitude - who needs experience?
Memorable Movie Quote: "And he can subtract. So who wants to be next here?"
Theatrical Distributor:
universal Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 10, 1992
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
April 30, 2019
Synopsis:

Christian Slater (Pump Up The Volume) stars in this non-stop action-comedy! George Kuffs is a restless young man who wants to make the big score. But when his beautiful girlfriend (Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil) begins to get serious, George decides it's time to move on.

Approaching his older brother, Brad (Bruce Boxleitner, Tron), for a loan, George receives a job proposal instead: join Brad's well-regarded Patrol Special team. Not real keen on the idea, George nonetheless joins and suddenly finds himself the new owner of the business when Brad is heartlessly gunned down in the line of duty. Soon, George is battling a crime spree in his district with a surly police partner (Tony Goldwyn, Ghost). Out to avenge his brother, George closes in on a crooked art dealer who is trying to wrestle the district away from him.

Kuffs (1992) - Blu-ray Review

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