Anytime a Clint Eastwood film is released on Blu-ray it is cause for celebration. I have been a fan of Eastwood’s most of my life and have thoroughly enjoyed collecting his films in hi def thus far. This week sees the release of a lesser known but excellent little Eastwood thriller from 1984 called Tightrope.
Eastwood plays Wes Block, a New Orleans detective on the trail of a vicious serial killer targeting sex workers. Block begins working with Beryl Thibodeaux (Geneviève Bujold), who runs a rape prevention program, and starts to fall for her as well. As the killings escalate and victims start to become acquaintances of Block’s, he must find a way to track and stop the killer before the lives of Beryl and his daughters become endangered.
Tightrope plays out very much as a Dirty Harry film might, but with more serious and adult themes and with a more somber tone. Strangely, director Richard Tuggle has only ever directed this and one other film, and wrote the screenplay for this and Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz. I’m not sure why he never did anything else as both screenplays are excellent and his direction here is impressive as well. Tightrope is a fine 80s style adult thriller that packs a gritty wallop and features a memorable performance by Eastwood as well as an excellent supporting performance by Geneviève Bujold. This is a nice hidden gem in the Eastwood filmography and a welcome addition to his hi def catalog.
The Blu-ray from Warner Home Video is very impressive for a film celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. The film is very dark but was filmed that way and this transfer handles it well with nice deep black levels, nice detail and clarity and natural color. I was quite shocked how good it looked especially being such a dark film but Warner did a solid job keeping us Eastwood fans happy.
Available now on Blu-ray.