Vibes (1988) Mill Creek Entertainment Feb 11th 2020
Directed By: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Jeff Goldbloom, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Lerner, Peter Falk, Steve Buscemi, Julian Sands
Vibes (1988) is a film that has a fierce cult following despite being a commercial and critical bomb when it came out in '88. It makes its HD premier from Mill Creek Entertainment. The plot centers around two physics Nick (Jeff Goldbloom) and Sylvia (Cyndi Lauper) that are duped into using their abilities to find a lost city filled with treasure. Vibes is an action adventure comedy that is weirdly low on all three counts. The film takes a long time to get into the meat of the adventure-and by long a mean an hour into the scant ninety-nine minute run-time. No doubt this is meant to pad out the already thread bar plot. Once the film does finally get going its too-little-too late and feels just as hokey and corny as you would expect from a Lauper/Goldbloom '80's adventure comedy. And if you dont like Lauper or Goldbloom -Oh Boy settle in because both actors play up their respected on-screen traits to the max. Kwapis tries to weave a romance element but the pair of strong personalities have zero chemistry together. Cyndi is not terrible in her role as a kooky physic but she tends to get a bit much at times. And Goldbloom is, well the same as he is in every movie. Adding to the cheese fest is Peter Falk. Falk seems to be playing a cartoon character hamming and chewing his way through every bit of scenery he can. Seriously Cyndi Lauper gives a more subtle performance and thats really saying something. I really think Falk is my least favorite thing about this film.
For fans of this film Mill Creek has provided a pretty good looking Blu-Ray. Colors for the most part balanced and vibrate. This is no doubt a transfer from a previous edition. Its not the greatest print but honestly nobody expects 2k or 4k transfers from this company. The sound is also good with a clear 2.0 Mono track. No features are included on this disc. Overall I think for fans of '80;s movies this is hit or miss depending on how much you love both stars. Regardless Mill Creek has re-packaged this film in a decent looking transfer and at a cost of less than ten dollars its worth picking up if you are a fan.