Picture Quality - 9
Audio Quality - 7.5
Packaging - 7.5
Summary : It may not have any special features, but this memorable genre film should be in every horror fan's collection.
It’s always nice when a movie you remember from back in the day still holds up after several years. My Boyfriend’s Back is definitely one of those forgotten gems from the early 90’s that remains quite entertaining.
That being said, my experience with film criticism today is a lot better than it was when I saw this film as a child, and it’s fair to say that there are a few issues here.
Perhaps most notably, there is a scene where a young woman is called a slut and a whore within the span of roughly ten seconds, which is definitely going to be a little disturbing for contemporary viewers who take issue with that kind of overt sexism.
Regardless of the few flaws in both concept and design, My Boyfriend’s Back remains a highly amusing curio from its era. The film feels a lot like a genre flick from the late 80’s at times, as there are several morally disturbing scenes which resemble something that came out of Creepshow. Heck, there is one scene in which they joke about not only abducting an innocent child from a grocery store, but also attempting to feed the kid to a zombie. Needless to say, there’s a lot of random ridiculousness in this movie, and that actually adds to its charm in a lot of great ways.
In particular, I found a lot of the dialogue in My Boyfriend’s Back to be absolutely hilarious. Lines such as “It’s because I’m dead, isn’t it?” Are incredibly memorable, even if they are also few and far between. The concept for the plot is fairly ridiculous, and the film itself feels like something that Woody Allen and George Romero combined to create. In reality, it was actually directed by Bob Balaban, a somewhat notable “that guy” in Hollywood who you probably don’t realize you are actually very familiar with. Don’t believe me? Look him up on IMDb.
This release from Mill Creek Entertainment represents the first time that My Boyfriend’s Back has been on blu-ray. Although it represents yet another barebones release from the distributor, the transfer is actually really good. In particular, the colors are very bright and vivid and the print itself appears to be in very good shape. There are a few noticeable signs of damage, but for the most part this is an excellent high definition transfer which was more than likely taken directly from the original film elements, meaning that very little if anything was done to alter the image quality.
Unfortunately, when I say that this is a barebones release of My Boyfriend’s Back, I’m really not sugarcoating anything. For crying out loud, this blu-ray doesn’t even come with closed captioning! Believe me, I checked. There is literally nothing on this disc except for the video file itself. Thankfully, that file is absolutely beautiful and worth the price of admission, which is extremely reasonable. At an MSRP of $9.98, you can currently pick up the My Boyfriend’s Back blu-ray for the low price of $6.99 on Amazon.
I think a lot of collectors would love to see more special features on Mill Creek’s releases, but it can be somewhat difficult to secure the rights to these supplementary features, especially if the movie is somewhat older and has otherwise been forgotten by time. With that in mind, it’s hard to fault them for doing these barebones releases, especially considering that they typically offer their content at a more than reasonable price.
In stark comparison, when Universal released their barebones blu-ray copy of The Land Before Time, their asking price was a full $14.99. Although the price has dropped since then, it’s still fairly expensive for something with absolutely no supplementary features. $6.99 is not much to ask for something that otherwise would not have been released.
Ultimately, I think the My Boyfriend’s Back blu-ray is worth the asking price. The image quality is nice enough and the movie is entertaining, so do yourself a favor and pick this one up the next time you see it.