Movie Review: WEIRD SCIENCE (Special Edition) Blu-ray

WEIRD SCIENCE is based on the 1950’s EC Comics magazine of the same name. The movie was written and directed by John Hughes and stars Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder and Judie Aronson. The music is composed by Ira Newborn.

Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about Wyatt’s gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp’s Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place? Inspired by EC Comics and boosted by a killer soundtrack (including the classic title theme by Oingo Boingo), Weird Science has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before.

This 1985 sci-fi comedy classic follows Gary and Wyatt, two nerdy teenagers who decide to design the perfect woman on a computer since they can’t get a real date. What happens is, a freak electrical accident ends up bringing their dream girl to life and the two BFF’s name her Lisa. Not only is Lisa the most beautiful woman they’ve ever seen but she’s got spunk as well as supernatural abilities. When they first meet, Gary and Wyatt both have instant crushes on Lisa who shows the two teens that she’s totally faithful when it comes to her creators and that’s even more of a turn on for the two nerds.

Lisa is able to make Gary and Wyatt’s dreams come true and delivers a night the two teenagers will never forget. With a little confidence booster from Lisa, they’re able to confront their biggest fears. They go up against the bullies, throw the biggest party ever, finally pick up some new girl friends, stop an apocalyptic home invasion, cancel the launch of a ballistic missle, and most of all, make Wyatt’s obnoxious big brother Chet stop bullying him for good. All of this chaos takes place in a fun-filled night but what Lisa is able to do for Gary and Wyatt is not only show them the night of their lives but she also shows the two friends that they have so much more potential than what they thought they had and this allows them to stand up for themselves.

The packaging coems with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching that you can see at the top of the page and the back include movie details and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. There’s also a fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes that will be available for the first pressing only. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Weird Science has been given a brand new 4K scan of the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Weird Science was already one of my personal favorite movies of all-time (Top 5!) and when I saw that this 1985 sci-fi comedy classic was getting a Special Edition Blu-ray release I really did geek out. What’s better is the fact that I get to review it and share my thoughts with all of you. John Hughes was the voice of a generation and the King of the 80’s when it comes to these kind of teen comedies. He followed up Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club with this superpowered cheesfest that’s so over-the-top at times that you can’t help but but a gut laughing at it. The casting was perfect and the two scene stealers were Anthony Michael Hall who always played a great nerd and Bill Paxton who nailed it as the annoying and obnoxious bully who eventually gets turned into a pile of shit by Lisa. Karma is a bitch and poor Chet has to learn the hard way. There’s a few special effects and this is where the movie looks dated but honestly I don’t care because it’s part of the charm and Weird Science is all about the laughs, first and foremost. That’s why it’s a comedy classic!Weird Science will be available on a Special Edition Blu-ray on July 23rd.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: Theatrical Version – 94 Minutes / Extended Version – 97 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (Extended Version) / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Theatrical Version)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include the edited-for-TV version, additional scenes, five new interviews with some of the crew, a vintage documentary that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, two trailers, two TV spots, seven radio spots and three image galleries.

  • Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
  • Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately (02:45)
  • All-new interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon (19:38)
  • All-new interview with composer Ira Newborn (13:43)
  • All-new interview with supporting actor John Kapelos (06:55)
  • All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch (06:03)
  • All-new interview with editor Chris Lebenzon (10:46)
  • It’s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall (16:41)
  • Theatrical Teaser (02:37)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:34)
  • TV spots (01:01)
  • Radio Spots (04:50)
  • Image galleries
  1. Shooting Script
  2. Production Stills
  3. Poster and Video Art
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