Fanboys (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Weinstein Company || PG13 - 90 minutes - $19.98 || May 19, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-05-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kyle Newman
Writer(s): Ernest Cline and Dan Pulick (story), Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay)
Cast: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell


Theatrical Release Date: February 6, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Webisodes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

After a few years in limbo, Fanboys is finally released on DVD but the drama surrounding the film is far more interesting than the film itself. Originally set for release in mid 2007, the film was delayed to 2008 and then once more delayed because reshoots were scheduled to happen. But instead of shooting new scenes to improve the film instead, they opted to completely change the films storyline around to remove a subplot about one of them having cancer to just getting drunk. Wonderful, right? Wrong.

After major fan protest, the film was eventually restored to its original glory and was briefly released into theaters - where it bombed. I finally have the DVD in hand (Blu-ray version was canceled after being delayed 3 different times) and after itís all said and done I'm not really that impressed.

Plot: It's the Halloween party they've all been waiting for, to have fun with friends and hang out with fellow Star Wars fans and partners in crime. However, events take a turn when one of their bunch who long ago outgrew his old gang and took on adult responsibilities is suddenly in their midst again. Reconnecting is not easy. But soon, Eric, Windows, Hutch and Zoe realize that Linus will not live long enough to experience what's been on their minds for ages: The long-awaited theatrical release of Star Wars - Episode I, which is still several months away. Linus once again suggests to his friends what he's been scheming since fifth grade: Breaking into Skywalker Ranch, this time to steal a print of the movie. Crazy, right? But it might be the only way for Linus to see the movie before he dies. So as insane as it sounds, they take Hutch's van and embark on a mission to drive across half the country to the Ranch.

Let's get this out of the way first: Star Wars fans will no doubt each this film up. Itís filled with little factoids about the film and quite possibly one of the best Star Wars vs. Star Trek "fights" yet. Every actor in the film holds their own and at no time did I doubt any of them were not Star Wars nerds - but that's the main problem - itís hard for anyone else to really find the film funny unless you've seen the films before and can pick up on the subtle jokes. As my girlfriend sat and watched the film (who has seen all the films before) she couldn't even make sense out of some of the jokes happening on screen.

Let me end this review by saying the film simply does not have enough Kristin Bell. Sure, she gets to wear a Princess Leila slave outfit (*drools*) but the film drops her character halfway through the film only to reappear towards the end.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

A slick, shiny slip cover is included.

Commentary with Cast and Crew

Deleted Scenes - Six clipped scenes that provide a few additional laughs. But... where the hell is the 'clean' version of the film? Love to see those scenes. I smell a double-dip coming...

Also included are 4 Webisodes (The Truth about Fanboys, 4 Fanboys & 1 Fangirl, Star Wars Parallel, Choreography & Disturbances in the Force) Ė Nothing really worth watching more than once and to be honest I was pretty bored with everything on the disc. The lack of the 'clean' version is a big disappointment.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fanboys is presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1. Given the film is now a few years old the transfer still looked pretty clean. Only a few times did it seem like there was excessive grain on the screen but at other times it looked like it could pass for an average Blu-ray.

Weinstein/Genius has included an English 5.1 Dolby Digital Track as well as subtitles in English and Spanish. Rears were rarely active but Dialog came across strong. No real complaints here since it is a comedy.



.::OVERALL::.

I could think of a dozen films off the top of my head that would top Fanboys in the comedy department in the past few years but still think this one is worth a watch for casual fans. Given the low MSRP I'd even say a good impulse buy. Star Wars fans will no doubt be picking this up right away.