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Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

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Director: W.D. Richter, Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin

Cast: W.D. Richter, Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin


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Who would have expected a special edition for '80s cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension? That is exactly what MGM has delivered with this DVD, and the results are exceptional. The special features for this disc are rather unique, as they present this film like Bonzai actually lived. A nice documentary, with vintage


Who would have expected a special edition for '80s cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension? That is exactly what MGM has delivered with this DVD, and the results are exceptional. The special features for this disc are rather unique, as they present this film like Bonzai actually lived. A nice documentary, with vintage interviews from the cast, and new material with director W.D. Richter doesn't go into great detail, but is still informative and amusing. A real plus is a commentary track with Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch. Also, on a subtitle track, information is presented as fact about the history of the characters. Knowing the movie is obviously fiction makes this track all the more entertaining. In addition, there are character profiles, information about the "jet car," a photo gallery, an alternate opening (with Jamie Lee Curtis), a tease trailer, deleted scenes, and much more. As for the picture and sound, care has been taken there also. The 2.35:1 anamorphic image is the best this film has seen since the theaters. Though not without some problems, such as moments of grain, it looks far better than would be expected for such a relatively unknown movie. The sound is also good, but not necessarily strong. The 5.1 English track is primarily centered upfront, with only limited use of the surrounds. The front right and left speakers do get some use, creating a little directional effect. Also available is a mono track in French, as well as subtitles in French and Spanish. While there is no question this isn't a film that will ever appeal to a wide audience, fans will be highly grateful that so much work went into this disc.

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It's not difficult to understand why The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension never caught on with a mass audience. The story is told in an overtly complex way that makes the viewer work hard to follow it, it downplays blockbuster-style action in favor of idea-driven science fiction, and the proceedings are driven by a stylized sort of humor that isn't for every viewer. However, none of this means that it's a bad film; it's merely an acquired taste. Earl MacRauch's script suffers from periodic slow spots where it seems to be overwhelmed by its self-conscious complexity, but it makes up for this with a consistently high level of imagination and plenty of intriguingly quirky characterizations. These characters are brought to life by a gifted cast that wisely plays the material straight. Peter Weller is appropriately stoic as the renaissance man hero and Ellen Barkin makes an endearing (if underused) romantic foil as Penny, but it is John Lithgow who takes top honors as Dr. Lizardo. His inspired dementia lives up to the story's sci-fi pulp roots and gives the film a fresh shot of energy whenever he pops up. Behind the camera, first-time director W.D. Richter shows a good eye for comic book-styled visuals and brings a humorous but gentle touch to the film that provides a subtle balance to its wacked-out humor. All in all, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension is probably too eccentric and challenging for a general audience, but is full of delights for anyone willing to tune into its unique wavelength.

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, monaural]

Special Features

Alternate opening; "Buckaroo Banzai" declassified documentary; Deleted scenes archives; Commentary with director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch; Character profiles; Banzai Institute archives ; Photo gallery; "Jet Car All Access"; Pinky Carruther's unknown facts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Weller Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow Dr. Emilio Lizardo,Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd John Bigboote
Lewis Smith Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash John Emdall
Robert Ito Prof.Hikita
Pepe Serna Reno Nevada
Ronald Lacey President Widmark
Matt Clark Secretary of Defense
Clancy Brown Rawhide
John Ashton Highway Patrolman
Reed Morgan Exhibitor
James Saito Dr. Masado Banzai
Jonathan Banks Lizardo Hospital Guard
Raye Birk 1st Reporter
Gary Bisig Second Radar Blaze
Mariclare Costello Sen. Cunningham
John Walter Davis Star Surgeon
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Black Lectroid
Leonard Gaines Artie Duncan
Robert Gray First Radar Blaze
Laura Harrington Mrs. Johnson
Dan Hedaya John Gomez
Bill Henderson Casper Lindley
Damon Hines Scooter Lindley
James Keane Duck Hunter Bubba
Francine Lembi TV Anchorwoman
Carl Lumbly John Parker
Ken Magee Duck Hunter Burt
Kent Perkins Mission Control
Jane Marla Robbins 2nd Reporter
Michael Santoro Billy Travers
Vincent Schiavelli John O'Connor
Yakov Smirnoff National Security Advisor
Kevin Rodney Sullivan John Gant
William Traylor Gen. Catburd
Billy Vera Pinky Carruthers

Technical Credits
W.D. Richter Director,Producer
M. James Arnett Stunts
Sidney Beckerman Executive Producer
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Michael Boddicker Score Composer
George Bowers Editor
Neil Canton Producer
Rick Carter Art Director
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Stephen Dane Art Director
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Michael Evje Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Fink Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Bones Howe Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis E. Jones Associate Producer,Production Manager
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Terry Liebling Casting
Richard Marks Editor
Henry Millar Special Effects
Virginia Randolph Set Decoration/Design
Earl Mac Rauch Screenwriter
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Credits/Speed [4:24]
2. Crazy Doc [2:02]
3. Penny Priddy [6:33]
4. Big Fans [1:34]
5. Alien Invasion [5:09]
6. Unhatching [2:31]
7. Breaking Through [4:08]
8. Not a Hoax [3:03]
9. Forewarning [2:17]
10. Valuable Gadget [5:30]
11. Threat From Above [2:25]
12. Plan of Attack [3:21]
13. Torture Chamber [2:32]
14. Rescue Mission [3:36]
15. Sparks Fly [1:45]
16. End Credits [3:20]


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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll either love this flick (as I do) or hate it. I don't watch it very often, but every time I do, I see layers that I'd missed before. It's the best, most deftly executed film parody I have ever seen--so fast-paced & rich that half the time on first viewing, it's hard to tell what's going on. A serious movie? Not by any means! A lark? You betcha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incomprehensible plot? OK, a genius neurosurgeon / rock star / nuclear physicist invents a truck that can, thanks to the Oscillation Overthruster, drive through solid matter by way of the 8th Dimension. When the evil Red Lectroids, banished to the 8th Dimension by the Black Lectroids, learn of the Oscillation Overthruster, they try to steal it so that they can return to their homeworld, Planet 10. The Black Lectroids threaten to attack the Soviet Union if Buckaroo can't stop the Red Lectroids. This attack would appear to come from the US, and thus would cause a counterstrike which would effectively destroy the world. SO, Buckaroo Banzai aong with his friends / colleagues / bandmates (The Hong Kong Cavaliers) have to stop the mad scientist who is possessed by the Red Lectroid leader to save the Earth, and Buckaroo's dead wife's long lost twin sister. See? Is that so tough to follow?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the quintessential Saturday afternoon movie. Pop some popcorn, put your feet up and just enjoy. Convoluted plot, sharp satire, cute guys and Jeff Golblum in chaps! It just doesn't get much better than that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Way before its time and never fully appreciated. It's like ''Saturday Night Live'', good and bad at times but the good is better than what you may find anywhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Swift meets the Marx Brothers, with a dash of James Bond AND Maxwell Smart -- this defies any easy description. Any Jame Retief fans should enjoy this movie. Just relax and enjoy the ride, and remember that this is movie is true to life -- some things just don't make sense if you analyze to closely. And remember &amp amp amp quot History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.&amp amp amp quot
jameswormold More than 1 year ago
Remarkable that so many can consume so much of the Harry Potter sort of stuff that is churned out nowadays--and not appreciate something else so outright enjoyable. This movie is a lot of fun no matter how many times you see it. And Peter Weller, John Lithgow and Jeff Goldblum are terrific. So watch it at least once. Twice would be better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a true cult classic-'The deuce you say'! Frank from SF just must not get it. An all-star cast and some great lines-'Laugh while you can' and 'Wherever you go, there you are', 'If it was a snake it would have bit me'. Nice soundtrack too! Dr. Emilio Lizardo (Lithgow) lives! Orson Welles was right after all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter ''Robocop'' Weller, Jeff ''The Fly'' Goldblum, John ''Third Rock'' Lithgow, Ellen ''Sea of Love'' Barkin, and on and on. If you love parody, satire and just plain FUN on the screen, this is for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah it's a doofus movie, but it's classic doofus! I mean John Lithgow, way before Third Rock, chewing up the scerary, spitting it out and chewing it up again. (And don't forget Lewis Smith as Perfect Tommy.) This is the Saturday morning cartoon for grownups.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really. This movie is that bad. If B&N had allowed negative stars, I would have awarded them. It's right up there with Plan 9 from Outer Space and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Incomprehensible plot, unfunny jokes, Jeff Goldblum in the dorkiest cowboy outfit ever, and John Lithgow as the most irritating mad scientist ever portrayed. I disliked this movie so much that it permanently soured me on Goldblum and Lithgow. I'll walk miles to avoid a movie with either of those two. And I have never seen a single episode of Third Rock from the Sun, thank God. Save your money. Avoid this movie at all costs.