Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C- Film: C+
Acosta’s Amigos (1985) is a comedy
about the same event that fueled Brian De Palma’s remake of Scarface (1983) and was when President
Carter had so many Cubans come with amnesty to The United States, but instead
of a gangster tale, we get a portrait of prejudice within the community and the
results, pro and con.
might not sound like comedy material, but Acosta’s script uses irony and
exposure of hypocrisy to nail the problems with such hate by persons who
sho9uld have known better and made a difficult situation worse. Though the film is not perfect, it works more
often than not and holds up rather well for a low budget film from its time.
acting is decent and it is a rarely heard independent voice on the subject form
that or any time since, which is why it makes sense that MVD visual would issue
this on DVD. The result is an ambitious
film worth a look and for Scarface
obsessees, also worth a look for an alternate take on what was really going on
at the time.
X 1 image is soft, from an old analog master and shows its age, though since
this was shot on film, could be remastered in HD down the line and should be
considered for an independent release as such. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is really pushing it in
trying to stretch out and repurpose the old monophonic sound, which was
recorded under low budget circumstances.
The combination is still watchable (in part thanks to subtitles) but the
film deserves better next time. Extras
include two trailers and a making of featurette.
- Nicholas Sheffo