Wow, do I feel old. It’s been 20 years since Sister Act debuted, and just about that long since Whoopi Goldberg was relevant. A sequel and Broadway play later, Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit have been re-released in a double Blu-ray package.
Sister Act holds up surprisingly well, even though it has plenty of vintage elements only found in early 90′s movies. Goldberg is at the top of her game in this comedy, where she plays a trashy nightclub singer who is placed into witness protection at a convent after seeing her boyfriend (Harvey Keitel) murder someone. Despite concerns from the head nun, “Sister Mary Clarence” breathes new life into the struggling church and its choir.
Though better known to younger audiences as a co-host on “The View” than anything else, there was a time when Whoopi was an in-demand actress. Between Ghost, The Lion King and Sister Act, the early nineties were very kind to her. Her energetic, funny and entertaining performance in Sister Act is a great reminder of why. Though she’s surrounded by a great cast, including Maggie Smith and the bubbly Kathy Najimy, Goldberg carries Sister Act on her shoulders from beginning to end.
Sister Act, of course, isn’t a movie that needs the Blu-ray treatment. No one has been demanding a high-definition version of this movie. The only special features included – for both movies – are a behind-the-scenes featurette and a couple of music videos. But there is something alluring about a double feature, and the Sister Act/Sister Act 2 combo, which is selling for under $20 on Amazon, is a worthwhile deal.
The set comes with both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie.