Watching 1975's Aloha, Bobby and Rose on the new Blu-ray from Scorpion and Doppelganger Releasing, I became convinced that Floyd Mutrux could have been a great American director and that we failed him. I mean, that's probably not true because I have seen Hollywood Knights -- I enjoy it for what it is, but it's probably not the work of the next great American filmmaker -- but there is so much vitality and energy and Americana in Aloha that it should be a movie talked about in the same breath as Badlands. This is the movie that Jim McBride's remake of Breathless wanted to be, and I say that as a fan of Jim McBride's remake of Breathless.
It's a familiar story -- outlaw lovers on the run -- but what separates Aloha, Bobby and Rose from the rest of a subgenre that dates all the way back to Gun Crazy (and possibly further) is that the "outlaws" in this case are completely innocent. What started out as a stupid prank erupted into accidental violence with tragic consequences, but it's hard to really blame Bobby or Rose for how the situation escalated. That, coupled with the pair's newfound dreams of a better life, lends the film an even greater sense of tragedy than those that inspired it. What I'm saying is this movie made me incredibly sad.
Blu-ray release date: April 17, 2018
2.0 DTS HD Master Audio (English)
Subtitles: English SDH
Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Floyd Mutrux interview
Paul Le Mat interview
Robert Carradine interview