Monday, July 27, 2020

Blu-ray Review - Heroes (1977)

Every Sunday during my childhood, my parents would drag me to the countryside to visit my grandparents, and I would get a bit bored being the only kid there. With nothing else to do, I would channel surf, which didn’t take too long to do with only seven channels. KZMO-TV would play three to four movies back-to-back, and I recall watching a movie with Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford. That occurred over 30 years ago, so I have little to no memory of what the movie was actually about. I didn’t know of the film's name until recently when Mill Creek Entertainment released Heroes (1977: PG; 113 minutes) on Blu-ray (Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart).

Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, Heroes centers on Jack (played by Winkler), a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD. Upon being released from a New York mental hospital, Jack goes on a road trip in the destination of Eureka, California, where he wants to start a worm farm. Along the way, he plans on visiting three war army buddies.

While on a bus, Jack befriends Carol (played by Sally Field), a troubled woman trying to figure out her life. En route, they stop in Missouri to visit Jack’s army buddy, Ken (played by Harrison Ford), who’s now a stock driver.

Final Thoughts

Heroes is an underrated and nearly forgotten gem from the late 1970s. It’s a well-directed movie with an amazing cast. Henry Winkler gives one of his best performances, and both Sally Field and Harrison Ford shine in their roles.

Like most Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray releases, there are no special features or bonus extra. The picture and sound transfer are excellent. There is an English subtitle option.

Overall, if you like older movies, I recommend picking up Heroes.

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