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Wayne’s World Blu-ray Steelbook Review

Excellent.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since the release of “Wayne’s World,” but alas it’s true. Looking at the film now, it still ranks alongside the best movies based on “Saturday Night Live” sketches (the sequel is deeply underrated as well).

The most difficult aspect about making a sketch into a movie is making sure the limited premise is not exhausted. “Wayne’s World” never exhausts the characters and in fact leaves you wanting more. Sure, the Penelope Spheeris directed feature captures the rock loving characters, dishes out popular catch phrases and pop culture references (including the now iconic Queen sing-along) and delivers plenty of laughs, but the story about selling out to a slimy TV producer, Wayne finding romance with a rock goddess (Cassandra), friendship, and music is fiendishly clever. Not only does it poke fun at itself for becoming a movie, but the script by Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner playfully toys with film narratives (especially movie endings and fourth wall breaking)

As mentioned above, the characters are aces. Mike Myers makes Wayne come to life in only ways that he can. Dana Carvey puts a very unique spin on the nerdy and shy Garth. The rest of the cast is perfection too with Rob Lowe being a real standout as Benjamin. The cameos by the likes of Alice Cooper, Robert Patrick, Meat Loaf, and Chris Farley are also noteworthy.

Note: Much like the “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” steelbooks, “Wayne’s World” is a repackaged Blu-ray with the same transfer and no new extras. If you don’t already own the movie on Blu-ray, however, now’s a great time to do so.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer may not be new, but it’s a nice upgrade from the DVD regardless. Maybe we can get a 4K release soon?

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? From the soundtrack to the dialogue, this is a sharp track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Commentary by director Penelope Spheeris.
* “Extreme Close-Up: Cast And Crew Interviews”- The title says it all for this archival extra.
* Theatrical trailer

February 1, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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