Wayne's World (1992) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Comedy / Music|
|Paramount || PG13 - 94 minutes - $29.99 || May 12, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-05-11|
Writer(s): Mike Myers (characters), Mike Myers and Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner (written by)
Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere
Theatrical Release Date: February 14, 1992
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Plot Synopsis: When a sleazy TV exec (Rob Lowe) offers Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) a fat contract to tape their late-night cable-access show at his network, the two can’t believe their good fortune (“No way.” WAY!”). But they soon discover the road from basement to big time is a gnarly one, fraught with danger, temptation, and ragin’ party opportunities. Can Wayne win the affections of rock goddess Cassandra (Tia Carrere)? Will Garth get dunked by his dream girl (Donna Dixon) at the donut shop?
Wayne’s World is a modern classic. It makes no sense, the comedy set-ups are obvious and the pop culture jokes are from the late 80s/early 90s, and yet after all these years, the movie is still as funny as ever thanks in large part to the Mike Myers/Dana Carvey duo perfected on “Saturday Night Live”.
It’s interesting watching Wayne’s World after several years seeing what Mike Myers brought to the table that ultimately also made the Austin Powers movies so funny. Along with clever writing (by Myers and Bonnie and Terry Turner), the sky is the limit for Mike Myers, but when the screenplay stinks, well, you can end up with something like The Love Guru. I was reminded of that lowest of the low movie (person worst of 2008) watching Wayne’s World and a certain sadness came over me -- I realized just how far down Myers had fallen. But with DVD and Blu-ray, his comic genius can live on forever and ever...
In any case, alongside the unique chemistry between Myers and Carvey, which strangely enough, the 2 Wayne’s World movies was the only feature films they did together, co-stars the hot tamale Tia Carrere and the slimy Rob Lowe who would later play a similar role in Tommy Boy. Of course, there is the obligatory cameo by the late and great Chris Farley as well.
Wayne’s World is an absolutely hilarious comedy that – while not aging all too well perhaps for new generations due to the pop culture jokes – is still funny even 17 years later. The film reminds you of the talent Mike Myers has (had?) and may even wash away the painful nightmares that was The Love Guru.
The Blu-ray carried over the commentary by director Penelope Sheeris, the Wayne’s World Extreme Close-Up featurette and the theatrical trailer (HD). We also get Paramount’s newly standard bookmark feature.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Wayne’s World actually doesn’t look bad for a nearly two-decade old flick, but I did find some of the video quality soft but the image itself was crisp and clear and outside a couple spots of dust/scratches, it’s not too bad of an HD (1080p) transfer. Skin tones looked decent but black levels were a tad light though for a comedy, this isn’t a big deal.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is pretty good and utilized more than other comedies due to many hard rock classics (like Bohemian Rhapsody). When the songs came on, it immersed the entire room while dialogue levels were also decent and I never had to raise the volume to understand what was being said.
I’m always wary about recommending buying older comedies on Blu-ray because normally you don’t get too much of a bump in quality over the DVD counterpart (with no new features), but I’d give this a moderate recommendation especially if you can find it for around $10.