It took me 2 years to find this movie.
Belive or not, I almost watch it everyday the frist month after I find it.
This purchase is just for getting a legal copy, because I watched piracy copy all time before.
Edited Jan. 2021:
This is actually my 3rd purchase, DVD, online stream, this is the BD.
What I like:
1- Sbutitle. I am Chinese, with 13 years of English class in school (in China, just 5 classes a week), I can get about 50% of meaning without subtitle. So I know both Chinese voice version of the movie and Chinese subtitle from BT or eMule are crap, ruined this beautiful movie. But I can't figure out what roles actually said in movie. And don't know why, I can't find English subtitle before. Now I get it, and I have translted my own version. I havn't made the desision if share my new subtitle on internet, maybe just keep it as my own for the time I play this movie to my mother.
2- Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Tom McLoughlin. OMG, What a great value for money! THANK YOU Tom McLoughlin! GOD BLESS!
3- Making of and Selected Sound Bites, like Tom's commentary, just a bit short.
What I don't like:
1- Quote of @WMG: "the "R" rated "Miracle Beach" trailer in the Bonus Features." Seriously? If you must add trailers for other movies, why not Splash and E.T.? Tom McLoughlin mentioned both of them in his commentary.
2- Menu is not well made. I mean, there are tons of beautiful apperiance of the Angel. So, why not...
What I hope it have:
1- Subtitle for Tom's commentary, Making of and Selected Sound Bites. For people don't have good English and deaf people.
2- Original soundtrack. I mean original, right the version in the movie. Seems like they never release the OST. I never find it, all website claims OST is actually just a collection by name, like the soung "I come alive", the version they provide is not the same version in movie. "Theme From Love Story" is actually only a costum car horn of the love bug.
My story with the movie:
The first time I watched this movie, was on TV, with my mother. That's years ago, very very little memory left on it, only 6 moments: Jim said "you are safe here" to the Angel the first morning; Patty find the Angel then drive away with angry; the fat woman freak out in church (the memory actually mixed her with Patty); the Angel hit George in his face with her fist; the Angel took bath in the forest; Patty wear her underwear outside of her jeans. And to make it worse, I can only confirm the church and forest bath are from the movie, the other 4 are after I get the movie, I know they from the movie.
Then I watched Michael Jackson's music video "You are not alone", you folks might guess it, he got a pare of wings in the MV. This remind me of this movie, but I have no clue. I tried several time (in Chinese language and Chinese websites obviously), no progress, but I kept eye on it.
2 years later, I accidently find it. I was finding the movie "Thunder Run (1986)", both Date with an Angel and Thunder Run was played on TV channel CCTV-6. I was looking up the list, then I found the word "天使" ("Angel" in Chinese), then with just a little search, confirmed that's it!
Believe or not, the following half year, I must watch all Angel clips before go to sleep every day!
Those days I was in my college, I was a busy student, have many stress in my brain, watching the Angel is actually pretty effactive for reduceing the stress.
Why I love this movie so much?
This is probably the only one, that make the angel so beautiful like paints or statue in book or church. She is so simple, so kindness.
And they done a perfect job on the wings, feels like Emmanuelle Beart do have wings!
This movie made a good balance between godbeings and humanbeings.
The Angel, as a godbeings, her beautiful must be holy, not sexy, not dressed with belly button uncovered, or super short skirt. This movie made a perfect Angel appearance!
At the same time, the Angel also have the side of humanbeings, to make the movie happen, she collide with satellite, which actually never happen on a godbeings even they do have collide path. She is probably a kid girl in heaven, this is her very first mission, and first time enter human world, she is curious about everything she meet. She thought humanbeings and human world are as kind as heaven, but then get her lesson learned. Find out why Jim is eligible of going heaven(not all people, actually, few people are eligible of heaven!), then turn herself into Jim's guard angel, and finally, finished her mission, "Bring him home with love".
And I like details in this movie:
1- After wings got hurt, the Angel still have some limited superpowers:
1.1- Hypnosis, she used twice, first time on Eddie(42:10), second on Don(1:04:40).
1.2- Move object without touch. The second night, the Angel closed the bedroom doors without using her hands(45:25).
2- The Angel recognize Jesus immediately after saw his statue(30:05).
3- Angel stories on the book are true in the heaven. The Angel is excited and want to tell the story, but... of course you know what happened(50:50).
4- Angel's feather will disappear when reach certain distance away from the Angel(51:25).
5- Every attempt that Jim and Threesome about to uncover Angel's wings got interrupted(32:15,52:15,1:08:05), because godbeings can't expose to people casually.
6- The Priest probably have done many bad things, so he don't dare to see the Angel(32:15). You know many people claims they believe in and honest to GOD is actually...lie. They never do what their GOD teach them to do. And they know they have betray their GOD. They just deceive themselves that nobody see them doing bad things. But actually GOD knows all. There is a Chinese saying that GOD is right 3 feet above your head, 頭上三尺有神靈.
7- Animals can identify the Angel even her wings are covered(40:40,53:55), but humanbeings can't.
8- The Angel have great strength. When the threesome kidnapping her, they had hard time to deal with Angel's struggling(1:01:00). Then the most clearly moment, is in the stage of reporter club, the Angel kicked in Rax's leg, caused big pain（1:07:55）, then hit George in his face with her fist, shoot him away(1:08:35). And looks like even the Angel herself don't know or not sure she have such strength before. She just tried out (she looked on her hand before hit George), then it works. She then showed her fist to Jim(1:08:45).
9- When the Angel call thunder storm to strike Patty and Eddie, her wings didn't throb like other time she flies(1:32:40). So her wings are not the source of lift force when flying. Flying is one of basic superpower of a godbeings, and not all godbeings have wings.
Thank god we have such a movie about Angel's beauty.