One of the great "teen" films of all time, "RISKY BUSINESS," has finally been released on blu-ray, by WARNER BROS. Writer/Director Paul Brickman has created a unique film for its time, transcending the "teen" genre, paying homage to "THE GRADUATE" and other classics at times, but also standing out on its own as a great film. Tom Cruise stars as Joel Goodson, a high school senior, getting into all kinds of unprecedented trouble while his parents take a trip out of town. When Joes decides to lose his virginity, he calls up a prostitute, Lana(Rebecca DeMornay) and sets up a chain of events, involving a pimp, using his home as a brothel of sorts, spending his savings meant for college, wrecking his dad's porsche and more. Still, things end up coming together, in a generally well conceived manner by the film's ending. While the film does feel dated in some particular scenes, it's also nostalgic and holds up well in comparison to most "teen" films of today.
WARNER BROS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 transfer. While a notable improvement over the dvd version, colors are generally restrained, even during one of the best sequences, involving Joel and Lana having an interlude on a train to the Phil Collins song, "In the Air." Blacks are decent, and while not inky, offer impressive detail during darker(frequent)scenes. However, most of the film, even with decent resolution, veers towards the flat side. It's a clean transfer, free of artifacts or dirt. However, this critic hoped for a spectacular image, rather than just a good one.
WARNER BROS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Unfortunately, surrounds are rarely used, and even the great Tangerine Dream score doesn't kick in with impact when one expects it should. There are some discrete, rear effects, but these are rare. The great songs lack the dynamic range one expects.
WARNER BROS has included some great extras, including a featurette, screen tests, a (superior)alternate ending, and theatrical trailer, all in HD!