FM

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

QSKY is the hottest radio station in town, listeners love the rock music and array of unique on air personalities. The man behind this success is Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon), who is the program director as well as the most popular deejay on the airwaves. As much as Dugan fights for his favorite music, rock ‘n’ roll, the station officers still want a different format, no matter how high the ratings are. When the corporate officers decide the time has come to put more restrictions on Dugan and the other deejays, Dugan opts to leave the station instead of changing his style. Instead of watching their friend and coworker leave without acting, the other deejays forge together and take action. They lock the doors, crank it up to eleven, and rock all through the night in protest!

This is a rock ‘n’ roll movie, so if you like classic 70’s rock, you’ll appreciate this one even more. The movie features a rockin’ soundtrack, including concert appearances by Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Linda Ronstandt, and REO Speedwagon. Aside from the music, there’s plenty to like here, including great performances and laughs galore. The actors make the team of deejays seem very lively and unique, which aids the film’s realism. All in all, I recommend this movie highly, and the disc is also worth your hard earned cash.

The cast for FM is an ensemble one, which features some good performances, much better than I expected. The main players here are Martin Mull, Alex Karras, and Michael Brandon, who each give better than usual turns. Martin Mull (Clue, Mr. Mom) is not an actor I am a fan of, but he does a fine acting turn here, better than any of his work I’ve seen to date. Alex Karras who is probably best known as Webster’s dad on the television show Webster, gives a decent performance also. Karras (Against All Odds, Blazing Saddles) is a nice fit for his role, but I’m glad he didn’t garner more screen time. Michael Brandon (A Change of Seasons, Promises in the Dark) gives the best performance of the lot, bringing energy and vigor to the renegade deejay. The supporting cast features performances from Eileen Brennan (The Last Picture Show, Texasville), Norman Lloyd (The Age of Innocence, The Nude Bomb), Cassie Yates (F.I.S.T.), and Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles, Scavenger Hunt).

Video: How does it look?

FM is presented in both 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and full frame transfers, so both aspect ratio camps will be happy. The image is very good, and is by far the best this movie has ever looked. Colors are replicated well, and brings the 70’s tone to full bloom, with vivid hues to gaze at. Black levels are also of high grade, with no detail loss and deep shadow layering.

Audio: How does it sound?

Man, this is a kick ass audio track! A fantastic Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included, which really kicks the life into this 70’s powered flick. You’ll really notice the surrounds during the soundtrack moments, but all the scenes have a rich tone to them. Dialogue is not lost in the mix either, and comes through clear and clean.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The disc included the original theatrical trailer, and that’s it.

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