Unlike a lot of music from the '80s, films from that period don't often hold up as well. "SECRET ADMIRER" is a rare exception. With so many films trying to ride the coat-tails of the low-budget success built around Sean Cunningham's "Spring Break," David Greenwalt actually brought some craftsmanship to "SECRET ADMIRER," offering a generally sweet, innocent love story infused with a little bit of exploitative sex, built around a very young, beautiful Kelly Preston.
Taking place over a summer, High-school student Michael has received a love letter from a "secret admirer, and seeks the help from his best friend, Toni(Lori Loughlin). Wrongly believing the girl of his dreams(or lust) Deborah(Kelly Preston)has written the note, Toni helps him as best she can to woo her, even assisting him in writing his own anonymous love letter. When the letters are mistakenly placed with unintended individuals, adults and youngsters create their own engaging and often funny scenarios.
While "SECRET ADMIRER" strays into predictable territory, there's still enough genuine sweetness, production value and competent direction to make it a surprisingly enjoyable romantic-comedy. The acting is impressive throughout, and "SECRET ADMIRER" is far above most teen-focused comedies of the '80s in virtually every conceivable aspect.
OLIVE FILMS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p bluray. Colors are solid, although not as completely vibrant as the production design deserves. Detail is impressive with natural fleshtones. Soft images pop up throughout, but overall this is a fine transfer.
OLIVE FILMS has provided a 2.0 DTS-HD MA mix is provided. While the fidelity is decent and there is no distortion, it's a shame a 5.1 remix wasn't created giving a bigger oomph to the soundtrack. Dialogue is intelligible throughout.
The theatrical trailer is also provided.