A couple of discs this week. I hadn't heard anything about The Midnight After before ordering it from the library. It's a 2014 Hong Kong movie about a group of people who take the minibus from Mong Kok to Tia Po. When the bus goes through the tunnel the traffic disappears, when it arrives at the University there's no one on the streets anywhere. The minibus riders seem to be the only people around, until one of them spots a guy dressed in a gas mask and hazmat suit. Things get weird quickly, some of the bus riders die, with their flesh crumbling away. Everyone turns on a couple of guys after one of them rape one of the women after she was dead. There's a lot of stabbing. They capture one fo the gas mask wearing men but learn only a little. There seems to be a virus that passes though contact. The movie keeps asks what's going on but never gets to an answer. There's plenty of distractions, including David Bowie and Major Tom, raping and retribution, fear and paranoia. It doesn't always make much sense but it's noisy and colorful.
It's directed by Fruit Chan. His first film, as a director, was the Jackie Chan film Heart Of A Dragon. That seems to be the only other movie of his I've seen and it was more enjoyable than this film. Sadly it was 32 years ago. The Midnight After is supposed to be a satirical horror comedy but many of the jokes are beyond me. It's a more personal movie than a horror movie should be. Here's a long post on the possible meaning of the film by Willon Lai. He's from Hong Kong and his English sentence structure is a bit weak. I don't have a problem reading the post, good info there, but I do have a problem with a film that you need to read pages of reference material to maybe get what's happened. I'd say give it a miss, there are better HK films out there.
I watched the new Blu-ray of The Last Starfighter. It's the 25th Anniversary Edition and it's a bit disappointing. Not the movie, that's still fun, but the HD picture isn't as good as many of the Blu-Ray's I've seen. It way better than the old DVD I already had and I'm not keeping that old DVD. I took a look at the DVD after watching the Blu-Ray. The DVD is much fuzzier and the colors are really soft. I was happy when I got the DVD, I had a copy on tape before that. The DVD was a great step up. There's a nice new documentary but all the rest of the extras are on the old DVD. It reminds me that I shouldn't bother upgrading a lot of the DVDs I already have, it's hardly worth it, even at a used price.