Weird Science [Blu-ray]
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THEY WENT FROM ZEROES TO HEROES IN ONE FANTASTIC WEEKEND.
If you can t get a date... make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of wacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy s wildest fantasies come to life.
Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) 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.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition
- Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only)
- Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 94 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and edits
- Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
- Casting Weird Science , an all-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
- Dino The Greek, a newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
- Chet Happens, a newly filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon
- Fantasy and Microchips, a newly filmed interview with editor Chris Lebenzon
- Ira Newborn Makes The Score, a newly filmed interview with the composer
- It s Alive! Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
- Theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
- Image galleries
- BD-ROM: PDF of the original shooting script
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes
- Aspect Ratio : Unknown
- Package Dimensions : 17.5 x 14 x 2 cm; 140 Grams
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Special Edition
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Arrow Video
- ASIN : B07R5554K1
- Number of discs : 1
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the UK Arrowfilms blu-ray is 10 times more superior reissue and it's value for money
1st the feature film has been given a new 4k restoration 1:85:1 HD transfer by Arrowfilms
which does look amazing picture quality about 10/10
the sound quality is the same 5.1 master mix as the old blu-ray version but there's also 2.0 master stereo mix option
2nd there's lots of new and old extras
the old retrospective featurette carried over from the old Flashback edition dvd has been added
plus the original Teaser trailer and the original Theatrical trailer in new HD quality plus Tv spots, radio spots
and stills photo Gallery
there's the never before released on blu-ray extended TV version which has roughly few more scenes added
that's not in the Theatrical cut version, the TV version is only Digital remaster quality in 1:33:1 ratio 95mins runtime
there's a new 5min interview with casting Director Jackie Burch, plus new interview with Actor John Kapelous
and there's also a booklet included, so the UK blu-ray beats the AUS blu-ray 10 times over
Top reviews from other countries
When I finally got my copy of the Arrow Video, release I was really taken back about how good the picture looked compared to previous releases.
You have the option of watching an extended cut with two additional scenes that were cut th the theatrical release. the scenes don't do much for the film but are interesting to view.
Also you get a theatrical cut with improved sound.
I won't list the extras see product statement.
Overall I would recommend this release as I feel this is the best release fans are going to get of 80s Nostalgia!
There is a Region A release from a couple years back which has extras, not sure if it was limited or not but that is probably the way to go but only if you want the extras like me.
If you just want the film then certainly buy this as like I say the HD upgrade is brilliant, just a shame they don't release it all over the world at the same time with the extras intact, surely a money maker. Imagine if they released a Weird Science film and TV series box set, now that is a first day buy.
I don't know where to start. Some shots are simply awful, with no detail on faces of people, looking like melted waxwork faces, high amount of pixelation and grain (not the good kind).
Too bad I didn't check a great site that reviews Blu-Rays (namely bluray dot ....), because they hit the nail right on the head.
This disc cannot make good viewing. I'm thinking of returning it. I've never seen something like this even for unremastered movies from the 1930s.
John Hughes is one of the great film makers of the 80's and he doesn't let us down here, there are so many funny moments and lines it's almost impossible not to enjoy the infectious energy.
Overall highly recommended. Don't expect an in depth commentary on teen life in the 1980's, just get a few buddies round, break out the beers an prepare to laugh so hard you'll have to leave the room.