Weird Science (1985) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: John Hughes
STARRING: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
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. Perennially 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?
I never got to see Weird Science until the 90’s despite me being born in 1983. And when I did see it was an edited for TV version on TBS late one night. Still, I LOVED Weird Science and I love seeing it on this awesome Blu-ray release from Arrow Video. Here we have the tale of two geeks who can’t really get anywhere in high school, so they come up with the idea to make the perfect woman on a very crappy looking computer. The results of this perfect woman is 80s megastore and hottie, Kelly LeBrock. You can’t help but feel envious of these guys once they start getting to hang around her and the shenanigans they get into make this movie a very fun ride from start to finish. It does everything you want a comedy to do and it’s a top prospect for greatest teen comedy of the 80s. That alone says a lot since that decade was full of the best teen comedy and most were directed by this director John Hughes.
This release gives us what amounts to two versions of the film. Which is extremely cool to me since I’ve only ever seen one version of it. The extended version is exclusive to this release and is something to see once you’ve grown used to the original version. That was a welcomed addition for me and gave me something besides just the awesome new transfer and extras that the other versions don’t have. If you like John Hughes movies you got to own Weird Science. This is right up there with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club for me and I might even say I like this one the best with Sixteen Candles coming up behind pretty closely. It’s also cool seeing a very young Robert Downey Jr playing a bully. This is a movie from the heart of the 80s and filled with what people love about the time. This is a movie I’d easily have on a list of my all-time favorite movies.
– New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
– High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray 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, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
– Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
– Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon • Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
– Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos • All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
– It’s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
– Theatrical trailers and TV spots
– Image gallery
– 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
Quality of Transfer: 97%