The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Created By: W.D. Richter
Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Shout! Select
Neurosurgeon. Physicist. Rock Star. Hero. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller, RoboCop) is a true 80s renaissance man. With the help of his uniquely qualified team, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo is ready to save the world on a moment’s notice. But after his successful test of the Oscillation Overthruster – a device that allows him to travel through solid matter – he unleashes the threat of “evil, pure and simple from the 8th Dimension”… the alien Red Lectroids. Led by the deranged dictator Lord John Whorfin (John Lithgow), the Lectroids steal the Overthruster with the intent of using it to return to their home of Planet 10 “real soon!” But no matter where you go, there Buckaroo Banzai is… ready to battle an interdimensional menace that could spell doom for the human race.
My first trip into Buckaroo Banzai felt like a really familiar one, even with me having only now seen it for the first time. This was a movie that screamed sequels, a toyline, a real comic book like in the movie, cartoon, and much more. It was the 80’s and movies like this are custom made for stuff like that but for some reason or another it never happened and this was a one and done. Maybe that is because while it seems like a kid’s movie, it really isn’t one of those at all. Nowadays this is a cult movie and that makes it a great one to release on Shout!’s new Select line. Buckaroo is a man of many talents here. He’s a surgeon, rock star, scientist, and much more. He’s leading his team/band mates on this adventure as they deal with some aliens who are right from from the eighth dimension and looking to set off a series of events that could cause the Earth’s doom! The movie really is a whole lot of fun and you never do feel like you should take anything too seriously. That being said, it also comes with some cool effects and some very 80’s looking aliens from this eighth dimension. These aliens mind you all have the first name John with a different last name like “Bigboote”. The bad guys are lead by a character played by actor John Lithgow, but Bigboote himself just so happens to be played by Christopher Lloyd.
Robocop himself, Peter Weller, played Buckaroo, but his team consists of many well-known actors and characters including a cowboy played by Jeff Goldblum. The movie as a whole has some action but feels very much like a Sci-fi flick above all else. The movie is never dull but could have some plot points that could be hard to follow at times. I just let it go wherever it wanted to go and just enjoyed it for what it was. The movie is weird, wacky, and a whole lot of fun. Do I think it is the greatest movie I’ve ever seen? No, far from it, but it is something I could certainly go back to from time to time and feel very enthusiastic about it. This is also a movie I’d have a watch party with along with some friends. For the first movie in the Shout! Select line we get a two disc release. The first disc has the movie and a two-hour long documentary about the film. The second disc is DVD but comes loaded with even more extras. Needless to say, this is a very good release from Shout! and I look forward to more Select titles from them. The movie looks good and I think we have enough here to help it stand out a bit from any other release of the film you might have already seen out there.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
– NEW Into The 8th Dimension – A Two-Hour Retrospective Documentary Including Brand-New Interviews With The Cast And Crew
– NEW Audio Commentary With Michael And Denise Okuda
– Audio Commentary With Director W.D. Richter And Writer Earl Mac Rauch
Disc 2 (DVD)
– Buckaroo Banzai Declassified Featurette
– Alternate Opening Sequence (with Jamie Lee Curtis)
– Deleted Scenes
– Jet Car Trailer
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 89%