The Mean Season (1985)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan & Andy Garcia Directed by: Phillip Borsos Synopsis: Mean Season- When inclement conditions with unpredictable and severe storms pummel the coastal areas ,...


Starring: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan & Andy Garcia
Directed by: Phillip Borsos

Mean Season- When inclement conditions with unpredictable and severe storms pummel the coastal areas , the pattern of weather that occurs in Florida during the late summer months.

Nearing burn out, the career of Miami reporter Malcolm Anderson is rejuvenated after an article detailing the unsolved murder of a local teen brings him notoriety as well as an unexpected and unwanted fan: a man who claims he’s the murder.

Striking an uneasy collaboration with the killer known as the “Numbers Murderer”, Malcolm is provided with deadly details in exchange for ongoing stories.  The unorthodox collaboration soon takes a surprising twist when the murderer turns his attention to Christine, Malcolm’s girlfriend.

The Mean Season is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a 1080p resolution transfer.  Olive’s transfer of the film is satisfying to the viewing experience with consistent grains throughout the film.  No smoothing and I did appreciate the attention of detail to more close-up shots of the characters as opposed to the long range shots.  Not the very best of transfers when darker images are portrayed on screen as the film’s grain effect is visibly noticeable.  Consistent patterns of vibrant colors are noticeable and a nice touch to the films picture.  For what it is and what Olive Films has provided with their transfer of this film, I am satisfied and I feel this will be the only release we will see of this film.

This film has a DTS-HD Master  Audio 2.0 track and it bodes well with this release.  The audio is the real MVP and I couldn’t have had a better viewing experience with this film than any other from Olive Films.  Very clear dialogue with exceptional high volume of the films score.  Consistent volume patterns throughout the film, made this film an easy and fun watch without having to adjust the volume every so often to hear what the characters were saying. Stability, no cracks or sounds to tamper the clear dialogue of the film, which is a huge positive.  I highly recommend this film, aside from the compelling thriller this film puts out, the audio is what makes this film a worthy watch.

Olive Films doesn’t provide any special features with their releases unfortunately.

Closing thoughts:
Kurt Russell and Mariel Hemingway give off a great performance in this 80’s serial killer thriller.  I’ve always enjoyed watching this film as a kid and I couldn’t recommend this film highly enough.  Exceptional transfer from Olive Films and they never seem to disappoint aside from the lack of special features.  I recommend this film if you are looking for a great thriller with an exceptional plot and Kurt Russell as your leading man.  A young Andy Garcia and Richard Jordan are great supporting characters that make this film an interesting thriller.  If you have the time and if Olive Films puts a flash sale on their titles anytime soon, definitely look into purchasing this film.

Technical specifications:


Production release: David Foster Productions
Video release: Olive Films

Number of discs: 1
Region A
Runtime: 103 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: June 23, 2015

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

DTS HD Master Audio 2.0



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