Movie Review: Space Jam 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Combo Pack (Steelbook)

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Space Jam features six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes linchpin Bugs Bunny who star in the family comedy classic that introduced a whole new dimension of entertainment. The film also stars Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves. Space Jam was produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Joe Pytka.

When Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner decides that he needs a new main attraction at Moron Mountain, he sends his gang of alien Nerdlucks to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang. Bugs tricks the aliens and challenges them to a basketball game and if the Looney Tunes wins, they go free, but if they lose, they become Swackhammer’s newest attraction at Moron Mountain. The aliens agree and end up cheating by stealing the powers/talents of some of the NBA biggest stars and to counter this Bugs decides to recruit the help of Michael Jordan. Live-action enters the world of animation where the superstar must play the basketball game of his life to save the beloved cartoon heroes from this hideous kidnapping scheme.

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I’ve always liked this family friendly movie for several reasons. First of all, the story is innocent and fun plus it kind of feels like a feature-length Looney Tunes episode that’s mixed with some live-action. The mashup between the live-action and animation looks really impressive, especially in high-def. There’s plenty of action plus lots of light-hearted humor. The voice cast that brought these beloved cartoon characters to life did an outstanding job but some of the acting could have used a little more polishing at times. This is easily forgiven because these are professional athletes and not actors, so they get a pass. Another thing I like about this movie is that it was filmed when Michael Jordan was playing minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons right here in my home town, so there are some scenes that were actually shot here. A few local companies also got a few shameless plugs. Space Jam is good innocent fun that the entire family can sit down and watch together.

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The front of the steelbook packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes more Looney Tunes characters. The inside also features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc is black and features the movie logo and the DVD disc is chrome and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed revisiting Space Jam and kind of forgot how much fun this live-action/animation hybrid really is. It’s a movie that’s totally geared towards a much younger audience and is completely family friendly with no offensive material at all. The Looney Tunes characters are introduced to the 90’s generation in a way they had never been seen before and the animation looks fantastic mixed with the live-action sequences. It’s a really good looking mashup between the two genres that make up this fun-filled feature.  Joe Pytka did a really good job directing this unique film from that brings together two of the biggest names of all time – Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan. The NBA superstar owned the 90’s with all of his basketball championships and endorsement deals along with that short run in minor league baseball. This is also the very first appearance of Lola Bunny. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the 20th anniversary of this beloved classic by releasing it on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack in a new steelbook packaging on November 15th and it’s definitely worth checking out. This will make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French DD 5.1 / Spanish DD 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French DD 5.1 / Spanish DD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special features: Good Stuff! 

  • Commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Featurette: “Jammin” with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan (22:32)
  • Seal’s “Fly Like an Eagle” music video (03:53)
  • Monstars’ anthem “Hit ‘Em High” music video (04:52)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:15)

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