The Last Seduction on Blu-ray

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00 Written by 

The Last Seduction comes to Blu-rayLinda Fiorentino steals every scene in sizzling style in this film noire thriller. Bridget Gregory (Fiorentino - "Men in Black", "Dogma") is a con artist who runs off with $700,000 of drug money, leaving husband Clay (Bill Pullman - "Independence Day", "The Equalizer") in a spot of bother with some unsavoury loan-sharks. Bridget hides up in a small town in New York State, biding her time until she can work out her next move.

One night, our anti-heroine bumps into Mike, a depressed claims-adjuster (Peter Berg - "Collateral", The Leftovers) in a bar and this spiky encounter leads to a frequent, no-strings-attached sexual relationship. Meanwhile, with his life on the line, Clay along with his P I (Bill Nunn - "Spider-Man") are intent on tracking Bridget down. John Dahl ("Rounders", "Joy Ride") directs this twisting tale of manipulation and skulduggery.

"The Last Seduction" has a lot of good qualities. Top of the list is definitely Fiorentino as the deception specialist, dazzling men with her smoking good looks and leading them on like an ice-hearted Pied Piper. Pullman is great as the slimy and desperate Clay, angry at himself for being duped and even more furious at his treacherous wife.

Berg plays the likeable but maddeningly naive Mike just right, a slightly jaded man on the rebound with good values who presents the morally-corrupt Bridget with quite a challenge.

The tone is generally that of a black, comedic thriller. Nasty people say and do nasty things to each other, but the action is written and directed in a breezy, often light-hearted fashion that works very well. There are lots of soft sex scenes, including one or two impromptu liaisons that will raise a smirk.

If I had to make any criticisms, they would probably be that Joseph Vitarelli's excellent, sassy theme music is looped too often during the near two-hour running time, and that the action could probably have been hurried along a little in places.

In general, however, this is a cheeky, steamy and devious little movie that is definitely worth a watch.

Special features include:

  • Dolby 5.1 mix on main feature
  • Director's Cut option (SD only) with commentary
  • Alternate Ending
  • 'The Art of Seduction' making-of
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Behind the scenes footage

The Blu-ray's picture quality is good but some darker scenes exhibit quite a lot of grainy, shimmering noise (on my TV, anyway). It is not a deal-breaker, but it can be a little distracting.

“The Last Seduction” (1994) is out now on Blu-ray (two discs), courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 110 minutes approx, carries an '18' certificate and retails for £19.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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