Johnny Be Good (1988)

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Uma Thurman, Paul Gleason, Robert Downey Jr. & Jennifer Tilly Directed by: Steve Zacharias Synopsis: Scrawny and short, high school quarterback Johnny Walker is America’s...

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Uma Thurman, Paul Gleason, Robert Downey Jr. & Jennifer Tilly
Directed by: Steve Zacharias

Scrawny and short, high school quarterback Johnny Walker is America’s most unlikely football prospect.  Johnny finds himself in the enviable position of being courted by the country’s top football recruiters.  However, he’s torn between waiting for a top offer with big bucks, egged on by his best friend Leo or joining his girlfriend, Georgia at a college where he can pursue a well-rounded education.  The temptation for a big payday, coupled with lavish gifts and promises of fame & fortune are just a few of the roadblocks he’ll navigate in this comedy with heart.

Presented in an MPEG-4 AVC encoding with a 1080p transfer, Johnny Be Good is a considerable transfer.  Much improved quality over its DVD predecessor, the film has slight grains and specks throughout the film, but doesn’t take away the attention of sharpness improved in this transfer.  Attention of detail is fine and complimented by strong color hues throughout the film mainly seen through clothing worn by the characters.  No digital compression issues that I could find, which is great.  Overall a satisfactory transfer from Olive Films.

Johnny Be Good has a DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo transfer and from my viewing experience, I have to be truthful.  Great sound and clear dialogue but I felt some instances of instability with the audio where it was over-pitched.  At times I felt the dialogue was overlapped when the characters were speaking, making it seem dubbed.  The sound is great for what it came to offer, but my only issue was the instability of dialogue and audio compression.   My viewing experience wasn’t tampered at all and I thoroughly went through a satisfying viewing experience and this is just one flaw.  Overall I would still recommend this film for what it has to offer in the high definition world.

Olive Films doesn’t provide any special features with their title releases which is a BIG bummer, but we all have been used to it.

Closing thoughts:
JOHNNY BE GOOD! 80’s teen classic and I was so pumped to finally own it and view it for the first time on blu-ray.  Such a lovely restoration from Olives with a few minor hiccups, but pleasurable to say the least.  Anthony Michael Hall shines as the informidable quarterback, a different role than what we are used to seeing him portraying.  He’s the geek!  A young Robert Downey Jr. never gets old, as we now remember him for his role in the Marvel films as Tony Stark.  A very young beautiful Uma Thurman and a slew of other 80s actors whom are recognizable amongst the great John Hughes films.  I recommend this blu-ray to anyone whom is a fan of this film.  Olive Films does lack on their special features but I wouldn’t count them out for a superb transfer they provided.

Technical specifications:


Production release: Orion Pictures
Video release: Olive Films

Number of discs: 1
Region A
Runtime: 91 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: June 23, 2015

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo



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