I was in high school when I went to the movies to see Memoirs of an Invisible Man. I didn't like it. I though Chevy Chase was funny based on the countless other films I had seen him in. At the time I never paid attention it was a John Carpenter film, and by the time I realized that I was to busy yelling "Baba Booey" Everytime I saw chase to watch it again. Well as luck would have it Scream Factory is releasing this on Blu-ray with several other Carpenter films so I sat down to watch it.
Chase plays a stock analyst named Nick Holliday. He's basically a loner with few friends coasting through life. One day while attending a shareholders meeting at Magnascopic Laboratories he slips out to the bathroom as the presentation going on is boaring him to death. While in the bathroom an accelident occurs causing a massive explosion. When rescue crews arrive they find the building has not been blown up but in fact it is invisible, and as Nick was in the bathroom he is as well.
Once the CIA come in to clean the mess, one of the agents finds Nick and has him transported back to their office. However when he overhears people saying he will be studied like a lab rat he escapes and runs off. This doesn't make the CIA happy as they want to recruit him as an assassin.
What follows is a fugitive on the run story with Chase trying to escape to be with Daryl Hannha, the only woman he's ever connected with, while avoiding capture at every turn.
Ok so if you watch the previews you are lead to beleive this is a comedy. Also keep in mind Chase at the time was still considered Clark Griswold by most fans. So when audience's, myself included went to see it, and we got a drama mixed with the comedy we were pretty upset. Turns out the film was a vanity project for Chase. He figured if he could portray a man who is invisible in life, who then becomes invisible he could use the film to make a leap to serious roles. Didn't work.
So now that you know all this, if you didn't already go in expecting not a comedy but a Large scale John Carpenter film. I put it on an immediately noticed the fine job Scream Factory did on the transfer. The film looked amazing, and I really enjoyed it as well.
The visual effects of rain or just hitting Chase when he was invisible was fantastic, and he really did do a fantastic job. The film moved along great anbibwas supprised by how well the chase and action sequences were done. The only thing I missed was the trademark John Carpenter score, but that's just the opinion of a fan boy.
Scream Factory did a marvelous job on the transfer and they have loaded it up with special features.
I really glad I had a chance to rewatch this as I found it highly enjoyable this time around. So if your a fan definition pick it up as it looks and sounds amazing. If you saw it year ago pick it up and watch it fresh. You will like it. It really was a film ahead of it's time like most Carpenter films are.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars