Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Opened March 27, 1987, on Blu Ray January 14, 2014
1 hr 35 mins
PG-13


Blind Date on Blu-ray for the first time, a slapstick romantic comedy with an all-star cast. Starring Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense), Kim Basinger (No Mercy) and John Larroquette (TV’s Night Court) and directed by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther film series), Blind Date is available on Blu-ray on January 14, 2014, for an SRP of $17.97.

When Walter Davis (Bruce Willis, The Sixth Sense) is set up with gorgeous Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger, No Mercy), the perfect BLIND DATE dissolves into disaster in this sexy comedy caper. Walter invites beautiful southern belle Nadia to a button-down corporate dinner, expecting to impress his associates with this dazzling beauty. But all hell breaks loose when Nadia has "one too many" and reduces the evening and Walter's career to shambles. Bad turns to worse when Nadia's insanely jealous ex-beau David (John Larroquette, TV's Night Court), discovers them together and decides to annihilate the unsuspecting Walter. Can true love blossom amidst this hilarious havoc? Will Nadia and Walter ever get down to courting each other instead of courting disaster? Find out in the zany BLIND DATE, where first encounters can lead to close encounters of the worst kind.

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Blind Date which came out way back in 1987 finally makes its way to Blu Ray today which you can purchase on Amazon here.  The movie marks a young Bruce Willis's film debut while still appearing on the successful TV series Moonlighting opposite Cybill Shepherd.  As the title suggests, Bruce Willis's character Walter is set up on a blind date with Kim Basinger's character Nadia.




The movie is a quirky comedy, as Nadia's behavior under the influence teaches us why some of us should never drink.  Add to that, Nadia's psychotic jealous ex-boyfriend David (John Larroquette) and Walter's evening turns out to be the worst of his life.  It's interesting to see Bruce Willis in the film before he became the action hero of Die Hard.  He doesn't have the full charm of a John McClane or a "Frank" Moses.  But you definitely get glimpses here.  I am a huge fan of John Larroquette in the television series Night Court.  But his portrayal of David is too over the top for me.  Perhaps that's what the Director Blake Edwards wanted in contrast to Walter's business-like character.

Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to take a ride back in time.  The film while funny could have definitely been improved.  But for the time period the film was released, the film is quite status quo with the other comedies that year, making it just another in the pack.  Seeing Bruce Willis with a full set of hair in the early stages of his career is worth the price of a rental.




If you'll like to win a copy of Blind Date on Blu Ray, comment below either your favorite Kim Basinger or Bruce Willis movie and why.  Be sure you leave your actual name that corresponds with your Facebook name.  Giveaway ends January 31st, 2014.  Winner will be randomly selected morning of February 1st, 2014 and posted here and on Facebook.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:
Cast:
  • Kim Basinger as Nadia Gates
  • Bruce Willis as Walter Davis
  • John Larroquette as David Bedford
  • William Daniels as Judge Harold Bedford
  • George Coe as Harry Gruen
  • Mark Blum as Denny Gordon
  • Phil Hartman as Ted Davis
  • Stephanie Faracy as Susie Davis
  • Alice Hirson as Muriel Bedford
  • Stanley Jordan as himself
  • Graham Stark as Jordan the Butler
  • Joyce Van Patten as Nadia's Mother
  • Barry Sobel as Gas Station Attendant
  • Armin Shimerman as French Waiter
  • Brian George as Maitre d'
  • Dick Durock as Bouncer
  • Sab Shimono as Mr. Yakamoto
  • Momo Yashima as Mrs. Yakamoto
  • Herb Tanney as Minister

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