The Crush (Blu-Ray) : Release Year - 1993
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Overall Rating : 7/10

Directed By : Alan Shapiro

Cary Elwas (SAW)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)
Jennifer Rubin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 : Dream Warriors)
Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show (TV) )

Supplied By : Shout! Factory/Scream! Factory

Film Reviewed By : Rick L. Blalock

Date Reviewed : July. 2, 2016

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PLOT
A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. There must be something she can say or do... some way that she can show him this is not just a crush. What can she do? What won't she do?
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THE REVIEW
In the teen thriller. THE CRUSH from 1993, an innocent teenage crush, turns potentially deadly. In the film, writer Nick Eliot moves to the big city, in order to take a writing job for magazine publication, "Pique". This is when he rents out the guest house of Forrester family. Initially things are going great, as Nick is given a big assignment from his boss at "Pique". Nick is to write a story, as well as interview the subject of a big embezzlement case. Nick is set to do well, however, at this time, Nick catches the attention of the Forresters' 14 year old daughter Adrian. It all starts with she rewriting Nick's report, unbeknown to him. It's a report that impresses the boss, regardless. It's surprising to Nick, but in the end, he sees it as merely an innocent favor from Adrian. From there, the two neighbors share a friendly relationship. However, things soon change when the two also share a kiss. From there, young Adrian falls head over heels for the older man, as she becomes infatuated with Nick, so much so that things get complicated once Nick begins to work closer alongside his co-worker Amy, who is a photographer at "Pique". It's a pairing that gets pretty serious. It's also something that soon sends Adrian over the edge, as her Jealousy results in she sabotaging, not only Nick's work, but his property(such as his classic car) as well. And as things progress, Adrian's actions threaten not only Nick, but also those around him.

THE CRUSH, the film that introduced the world to Alicia Silverstone, can be best described as "FATAL ATTRACTION for the teen crowd". The story presented here, was actually, partially based on real events, as they happened in the life of the film's Writer/Director, Alan Shapiro. As he was the object of a young girl's obsession, as it is told. A girl named Darian. In fact, that was the character "Adrian's" true name when the film was shot, and when the film was released, initially. When the real life Darian got wind of it, she was quick to sue the Director. As a result, subsequent DVD releases, as well as cable showings feature a version of THE CRUSH in which the name "Darian" was overdubbed and replaced, as "Adrian", using unknown voice actors. The further DVD releases of the film, as well as this very Blu-Ray feature this dubbed version. So, the only way to get the version that does not feature any dubbing of any kind, is to get the film on VHS, or Laserdisc. For those that are fanaticial about this film, I can understand why the dubbing is a problem. However, honestly, if you aren't familiar with the VHS release all that well, it's not a huge distraction. Yes, at some points, a few of the lines feel flat because of the dubbing, but, personally, I don't think that it ruins the overall enjoyment - but that's just me.

THE CRUSH is a progressive kind of movie, marked with several events, as the Adrian character's obsession grows more and more. First it's an innocent crush, but as it grows, Adrian becomes obsessive and begins to show mental instability. Yes, it's kind of cheesy(such as the scene, in which Adrian lets loose a gang of killer bees into photographer Amy's darkroom), but boy, is it entertaining. For me, the movie is just so '90s. The acting in the film also isn't great. English chap, Cary Elwes as Nick, all through the film, tries to hold down some kind of America accent, yet there an numerous times that his true accent slips out. I really like Jennifer Rubin - and she's decent here as the "other woman". But with that said, the true star of THE CRUSH, is indeed Alicia Silverstone. She is the reason that many a young boy saw this one in '93. Now, her performance here symbolizes what she had at that time. Though she had other films after this, including her breakout film, CLUELESS. It's kind of difficult to believe that she didn't achieve even bigger success.

So with that said, I enjoyed this film for what it is. Again, it's no great thriller, but it's highly entertaining. In addition to that, this particular edition of the film from SCREAM FACTORY looks great on Blu-Ray. There is a slight problem with phasing in the audio, which is so noted by SCREAM! FACTORY at the beginning of the disc. Also stated is that the problem was found on all other copies of the film, so there wasn't much they could do about it. However, as is, I didn't notice much of a problem(however, it would have been much better of them to give warning on the packaging, before someone makes their purchase, just to know what you're getting beforehand).
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GORE METER
N/A No real gore here. Just some scrapes/bruises.
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MUSICAL SCORE
5/10 The scoring has a nice range of suspense when the film calls for it.
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OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
It had been awhile since I last saw THE CRUSH, however, it didn't take me long to remember how much cheesy fun it really is. Many of the people that get this Blu-Ray will likely be those, who have already seen it, I believe. But if you happen to be someone who has not seen it, give it a view. It's some fun.

Special Features include
- NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Alan Shapiro
- NEW The Doting Father An Interview With Kurtwood Smith
- NEW Stung By Love An Interview With Actress Jennifer Rubin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot

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