Wayne's World 2 (1993) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Music
Paramount || PG13 - 94 minutes - $29.99 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-05-12


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Stephen Surjik
Writer(s): Mike Myers (characters), Mike Myers and Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner (written by)
Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, Tia Carrere, Kim Basinger


Theatrical Release Date: December 10, 1993


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Bookmark


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

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.::THE FILM::.

SHORT REVIEW:

Plot Synopsis: Having achieved godlike status as a late-night TV personality, Wayne (Mike Myers) now confronts the question that has plagued man for centuries: Is there life after cable? Wayne gets his answer in a dream, wherein a very famous (and very dead) rock star says, “Put on a rock concert, and they will come.” So Wayne and Garth (Dana Carvey) present “Waynestock.” But first, Wayne must save his girlfriend, Cassandra (Tia Carrere), from a sinister record producer (Christopher Walken), as Garth grapples with the advances of mega-babe Honey Hornee (Kim Basinger).

Wayne’s World 2 is basically the same “plot” of the original with not as many memorable scenes (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, “Pardon me, do you have any grey poupon?” etc) but it’s still a funny sequel with a great parody on The Graduate, but overall it is just Myers and Carvey doing what they do best and the script is good enough to make it a, yes, worthy, sequel.

I did want to add that I probable gave this movie an extra half a star just for casting Christopher Walken; sure he doesn’t have those classic/memorable Walken-isms but just seeing him on screen, and the fact he’s able to woo the gorgeous Tia Carrere, was in itself worth the time.

Summary: Wayne World 2 is a copy of the original with Wayne and Garth each dealing with a personal crisis like Garth getting involved with a demented but hot Kim Basinger, who oddly looked better here than she did in Batman, 4 years later. Not going to say it’s on par with the original but it’s definitely funny enough.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray ports over all the features from the DVD release which includes the feature commentary with the director and Wayne’s World 2 Extreme Close-up with “Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews”. There's also Paramount's bookmark feature.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The video quality is not too bad but at the same time I noticed softness on the whole. Sure, it’s an upgrade over the DVD as the picture was sharp. The 1080p high-definition transfer overall isn’t the greatest but I’d grade it as acceptable.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, though, is a little more impressive. As with the original, there’s plenty of rock music that sounds great over the five channels and dialogue also sounds pretty good coming through the center channel. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are also available.



.::OVERALL::.

Like the original, Wayne’s World 2 serves a solid vehicle to showcase more of Mike Myers’ comedic talents. Given this came out only a year after the first, I’ve got to think some of these jokes were leftovers but for the most part, I did find some of the movie funny and, as I said before, you cannot go wrong with Christopher Walken, a man on his worst day matches some actor’s on their best. Personally, I can’t say it’s better than the first but it should easily please fans and is yet another reminder of Mike Myers and almost makes you forget about The Love Guru... almost.

I do have some reservations about this Blu-ray, however. At a hefty $20.49 (currently on Amazon), you don’t get any new features plus average video and satisfactory audio qualities. I’d say if you wait a few months, hopefully Paramount will offer both Wayne’s World Blu-rays in a 2-pack, THEN at $20.49, it would be worth it.