One of Eastwood’s most underrated films, “HONKYTONK MAN” has been given another shot at discovery, with its dvd release from WARNER BROS.
Eastwood stars in and directs this tale, which also stars his real life son. Red Stovall is a struggling musician, and the term “struggling” takes on deeper meaning with the film’s story being set during the Great Depression. When he’s been given the chance at an audition at the Grand Ole Opry, he has to find a way to make it there, traveling by any means possible to Tennessee from California.
Luckily, Red has family that cares, and his sister allows her son(played by Kyle Eastwood) to travel with him, hoping to provide some form of protection along the way. “HONKYTONK MAN” ends up becoming a road picture in the best sense of the word. It’s great to see the chemistry between these two actors, and there’s a real bond that comes through the actors and their characters, as they help and learn from one another along the way.
WARNER BROS has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is generally soft, and colors often subdued, but this appears to be intentional in capturing the atmosphere of a less than bright, colorful period, known as the Depression. There’s generally good detail, and darker scenes retain definition and clarity.
WARNER BROS. has remastered the film’s soundtrack for Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The mix is restrained, lacking much use of surround and/or discrete effects. Even when surrounds highlight the musical sections, they’re restrained. Still, it has terrific clarity and fidelity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
The theatrical trailer is included.