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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT231-BR

HARDCORE (1979) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent, Leonard Gaines, David Nichols
Directed By:  Paul Schrader
Composed By:  Jack Nitzsche

“Hardcore contains moments of pure revelation…we realize how rare it is for the movies to show us people who are speaking in real words about real things.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“An electrifying movie…Mr. Schrader works with speed and intelligence, paying sharp attention to detail and making the movie as funny as it is quick and frightening.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s brilliant, horrifying Hardcore (1979) follows the grim pilgrimage of a Calvinist Midwestern businessman (the great George C. Scott) searching for his vanished daughter in the scuzzy subculture of the West Coast porn industry. In his effort to trace the girl, he joins forces with a young hooker (Season Hubley) he hopes will help; their growing emotional relationship is the beating heart of this harrowing film. Shot by Michael Chapman, and with a score by Jack Nitzsche.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1979 / Color
108 MINUTES
RATED R

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Paul Schrader / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 11, 2017 2:03 AM
The world of pornography has changed so much since I was young. Back then it was a taboo item, something sold from beneath the counter at the local drugstore or with boards covering all but the titles of the magazine. Movies were 8mm reels sold from those magazines. They moved on to feature films shown in seedy locations in larger cities until the late seventies when an air of respectability was bestowed on them as couples rather than raincoat wearing men began to frequent those theaters.

With the age of video pornography got a fast forward into more mainstream areas. Now people could order these movies delivered in brown paper wrappers to their homes where they would watch in privacy over and over again. So invasive was the world of porn that the formats chosen down the line were determined by the industry since more porn films were sold than mainstream ones.

Now the world of pornography has taken over the internet with the majority of online websites offered one form or another. There are numerous stars of the industry now where once there were only a few recognizable names. Mainstream Hollywood and celebrities have also embraced some members either dating, marrying or featuring these stars in mainstream roles. They’ve become millionaires. But once it wasn’t like this.

That early world of porn was filled with wayward teens looking to earn money while living on the streets. Committing unspeakable acts and at times placing their lives in danger it was a seedy world. And from that seedy world writer/director Paul Schrader showed us how bad it could be in a movie that will stick with you long after the final credits role.

George C. Scott stars as Jake VanDorn, a strict conservative Calvinist raising his young daughter Kristen in the heartland. When she goes missing on a planned youth trip to California, Jake hires private detective Andy Mast (Peter Boyle) to find her. What Mast discovers is that Kristen is now involved in the porn business. Jake heads to LA to learn more about what happened. When Mast shows him the footage he came across Jake is crushed but still determined to find his daughter.

Feeling that Mast isn’t doing as much as he can Jake delves into the world of hardcore pornography, posing as a director in search of new talent with the hope of coming across one of the “actors” in the film he saw. His intent is to get a lead from one of them as to who has his daughter and where he can find her. Along the way he gains the help of a porn actress Niki (Season Hubley) and more help from Mast.

Jakes journey into the scummier side of the porn industry is what makes up most of the film. Backroom screening locations of films that show the worst there is to find as well as a snuff film eventually would deter the most hopeful father. Jake qualifies as he continues his search. The men he comes into contact with leave him disgusted and fearing the worst but he carries forward. Whether he will find his daughter or if she will become the latest victim in a snuff film isn’t answered until the film is near an end.

The movie takes off the glamour image that many tried to paint on the pornography business at the time it was released in 1979. It showed behind the scenes glimpses of what life was like in the industry composed of drug addicted stars, criminals with no care for human life and uncaring individuals who feigned affection while caring for little more than the cash they could derive from their casts. Many now claim that the business better than ever and that criminal elements are no longer involved. After watching this that’s hard to believe with the amount of money to be made now.

Scott turns in his usual amazing performance here. As the tormented Jake he has such a strong conviction of faith that is tested on every level. It is his faith that holds him together both in God and in the hope that his daughter is still alive. We feel both his frustration and his anger as he begins to piece together the puzzle of where his daughter is. We hope as deeply as he does that she has survived and is merely waiting to be rescued.

The rest of the cast does an equally commendable job. Boyle is particularly sleazy but a hero none the less. His character is one who has lived on these mean streets and understand them, passing no judgement on the surface but retaining something inside. Hubley may not be the “hooker with a heart of gold” type character here but she too has something buried inside of her that makes her want to do what is right. Deep inside she dreams that Jake will rescue her from her life choices along with his daughter. Her character is perhaps the saddest of them all.

HARDCORE is a movie that will disturb on a deep level but it is a movie that needs to be seen. Even more so young people need to see this to find out more about just how “glamorous” the industry is. It is a cautionary tale and one that will hold you in its grip from start to finish.

Twilight Time has released a great looking copy of the film with a blu-ray image that is the best you will find for this film. Included in the extras are an isolated score track, audio commentary with writer/director Schrader, audio commentary with film historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo and the original theatrical trailer. As with all Twilight Time releases the pressing is only 3,000 copies so if you’re interested pick one up before they are gone.

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