Friday, November 30, 2018

Blu-ray Review: The 6 Degrees Collection (Kevin Bacon)

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Now available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment is The 6 Degrees Collection ($19.96), featuring six movies all starring Kevin Bacon.

The movies on the 2-disc set are:

The Big Picture (1989; PG-13; 101 minutes) - Directed by Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon stars Nick Chapman, a Midwest film student who wins a student film contest in LA. After winning, Hollywood execs are all wanting to produce his new "big" movie idea. While everything is a fun at first, Nick quickly sees the darker side of Hollywood as his life begins to unravel.

Flatliners (1990; R; 114 minutes) - Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film centers five medical students (played by Keven Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Keifer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt) who are studying near-death experiences. Each one becomes a test subject, which they are flatlined for a short time before being brought back from death. Shortly after being rived, they begin to have frightening visions that threatens their lives.

Hollow Man (2000; R; 112 minutes) - Directed by Paul Verhoeven and inspired by H. G. Wells' novel The Invisible Man, the film centers on a team of scientist working on an invisibility serum in an underground laboratory. When the government threatens to cut their funding, Scientist Sebastian Caine (played by Kevin Bacon) becomes the first human test subject. After having his team turn him invisible, he seems to be perfectly fine. However, the longer he stays invisible, the crazier he becomes. Eventually, he turns into a serial killer; taking out his team one by one. The movie also stars Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Joey Slotnick, and William Devane.

Trapped (2002; R; 106 minutes) - Directed by Luis Mandoki, based on the book 24 Hours by  Greg Iles, the film centers on Joe Hickey (played by Kevin Bacon and his cousin Marvin (played by Pruitt Taylor Vince) kidnapping Abby (played by a young Dakota Fanning), a daughter of Dr. Will and Karen Jennings (played by Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron). While Marvin takes Abby to a isolated cabin to hold her hostage, Joe torments Karen. As for Will, he was away on business when the kidnapping occurred. Joe sends his wife Cheryl (played by Courtney Love) to give Will their demands and to make sure he doesn't contact the authorities.

In The Cut (2003; R; 119 minutes) - Directed by Jane Campion, based on the book of the same name by Susanna Moore, the film centers on Frannie Avery (played by Meg Ryan), a high school teacher and writer who finds herself entangled in a murder mystery plot after witness a sexual act in a bar bathroom. Kevin Bacon has a very small uncredited role in the film.

What The Truth Lies (2005; R; 107 minutes) - Directed by Atom Egoyan, based on the book of the same name by Rupert Holmes, the film centers on around the murder of a college student in 1957, but her body isn't discovered until 1972. A journalist Karen O'Connor begins investigating the murder, which leads her to the comedy duo Lanny Morris and Vince Collins (played by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth).

Final Thoughts

If you're not into special features and fancy menus, then you'll probably be interested in purchasing one of The 6 Degrees Collection from Mill Creek Entertainment, which this one I'm featured here is the Kevin Bacon edition.

My top two favorites out of six movies from this release are Flatliners and Hollow Man, which are both horror flicks. Hollow Man is the best modern Invisible Man remake that we'll probably ever get. Flatliners is classic psychological thriller. (Ignore the 2017 remake at all costs!).

The Big Picture is a funny B-level comedy; though it does feel a bit outdated. Trapped is a good thriller, but slightly predictable.

Keven Bacon only has a small part in In The Cut, which is a film I have never liked. I didn't care much for Where The Truth Lies either.

The picture and sound quality is pretty decent considering there are 3 movies per disc. There are no special features or subtitles. 

Overall, The 6 Degrees Collection is worth buying if you don't already own these 6 Kevin Bacon films on Blu-ray. Despite the two films that I didn't care much for, I'm giving the Blu-ray a 4 out of 5 rating because it's worth owning just for Hollow Man and Flatliners alone.

*Note - I received a complimentary  Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.
All opinions are my own.

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