'Opportunity Knocks' [Retro VHS '90s Style BR]
(Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Julia Campbell, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1990) 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Dana Carvey stars in this comic romp about two con men who hide out in a house while the owner is away; one of them assumes the identity of the absent house sitter when the owner's relatives come to visit, only for further complications to set in.
Blu-ray Verdict: First of all, I want you to know that I am a HUGE Dana Carvey fan. I remember as a youngster making sure I stayed up on Saturday until 10:30pm to see Carvey on SNL.
In fact, I can't pick just one thing I like so much about him as he's simply one incredibly gifted individual.
His impressions have always been fantastic and the way he delivers his material absolutely kills me. He's one of only a handful of comics that have brought me to tears.
With that said, 'Opportunity Knocks' worked really well for him unlike his 'Master Of Disguise' (2002) mess! It allowed him to use his creativity in his character, Eddie.
Whether it's his impersonations or his physical comedy, he shines throughout the film. Is 'Opportunity Knocks' a brilliant film with Oscar winning performances? Of course not. It's just a fun movie that allows Carvey to show off his silly humor and at the same time has a nice warm story beneath the surface.
I have always enjoyed 'Opportunity Knocks' since the first time I saw it in 1990. I actually own the movie on VHS tape (!) and have watched it countless times over the years.
It definitely holds tremendous nostalgic value to me so I guess you would call it a "comfort flick" for me - as maybe it is for you guys also.
That said, if you don't care for Dana Carvey's comedy, then you probably won't really appreciate this film. However, if you're like me, and like Carvey, then you'll certainly enjoy this more now that it's out on Blu-ray via Mill Creek Entertainment.
Dana is more "Dana" in this flick than any other movie he's done, in my humble opinion, and yeah, sure, the story is nothing out of the ordinary - for if you've seen one film like this, you've probably seen them all - but following the same narrative structure from before doesn't always make for a bad movie, trust me.
You get the protagonist from the wrong side of the street assuming another identity, the parents instantly love him, the love interest of the film can't stand him at first, but soon warms to him, etc.
And despite him not knowing anything about the occupation of the person he's assuming, he pitches something that is genius, and learns some life lessons about himself along the way himself. So, quite a wholesome and fun story, if you ask me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
'Opportunity Knocks' [Retro VHS '90s Style Blu-Ray] is out June 4th, 2019 via Mill Creek Entertainment.