Movie Review: TEEN WOLF TOO (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

TEEN WOLF TOO was directed by Christopher Leitch from a screenplay by Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman and stars Jason Bateman, James Hampton, Kim Darby, Estee Chandler, Mark Holton, Stuart Fratkin and John Astin.

In Teen Wolf Too, high school was easy, but college is a whole different animal! Jason Bateman stars as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he’s far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he’s hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he’s a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd’s popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus. But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor (Kim Darby), who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all.

Scott Howard, cousin of Scott, heads off to college and guess what happens? He turns into a werewolf upon arrival! He goes from being the perfect student to this out of control werewolf with an ego problem. He becomes the star of the boxing team as well as the popular kid on campus. Sound familiar? He becomes the dean’s favorite student athlete as long as he stays in werewolf mode and wins tournaments for the college. When Todd finally realizes that he’s gotten out of control and dials it back some, the dean starts to threaten him and this is where things get hairy. Once the threats begin, they’re quickly shut down by a surprising ally of Todd’s who knows just how to push back at the bullyish dean. There’s also his level-headed uncle Harold who offers up plenty of good advice and encouragement. Anyway, Todd lets the werewolf get out of control for a while and he lets his grades slip but in the end he brings it all together and gets his life back on track – plus he gets the girl.

The formula for Teen Wolf Too stays really close to the original and even returns several familiar faces. Good ole Chubby gets a little more screen time and things to do in this one. Stiles is back but it’s a different actor for round two. This time around the hairy chaos takes place at college instead of high school and Jason Bateman comes in as Scott’s cousin Todd. It was thought that Justin Bateman was going to be the next big thing just like Michael J. Fox but it didn’t quite click for Bateman back then like it did for Fox but he’s defintely become a household name in his adult years. The story is pretty much a simple rehash from the first movie and so are the situations and predicaments that the main character gets put in. The love interest takes things just a little further this time around but it’s still good innocent fun that the entire family can sit down and enjoy together. Just like the first movie, the few special effects used look a little dated now and sadly the makeup effects used to create the werewolf this time didn’t look as good as it all did in Teen Wolf.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the fantastic all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, it had been a really long time since I had watched Teen Wolf Too and even though it doesn’t come close to the first movie, it was still fun revisiting this 1987 horror-comedy sequel. Instead of basketball, Todd Howard is into boxing and pretty much the same things happen to him that happened to Scott in Teen Wolf. He starts out as sort of a geek and once he transforms into the werewolf his stardom quickly rises to the top and he lets it all go to his head. Everything gets out of control and it takes uncle Harold and his friends to bring him back down and put his ego in check. There was potential for Teen Wolf Too because Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman returned to write the story, Christopher Leitch did a good job directing it and the cast did a really good job. So what was missing? The magic that the first movie had was no where to be seen in this sequel and that’s unfortunate. There’s something special about the first movie and something kind of cheesy about this sequel. Teen Wolf Too arrives on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on August 8th and even though it’s not as good as its predecessor, it’s still worth adding to your Scream Factory collection. If you pick up the first one you might as well go ahead and grab the sequel because these two movies go together.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: PG

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some all-new interviews with some of the cast and crew and a still gallery. Unfortunately there’s no original trailer included. You can see the full list below.

  • Working with the Wolf An interview with director Christopher Leitch (16:08)
  • Otherworldly– An interview with co-star Kim Darby (06:32)
  • A Man of Great ‘Stiles’– An interview with co-star Stuart Fratkin (16:26)
  • Nerdy Girl Saves the Day– An interview with co-star Estee Chandler (06:30)
  • A Wolf in ‘80s Clothing – A look at the wardrobe of Teen Wolf Too with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski (09:48)
  • Still Gallery (00:56)

 

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