Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

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Director: W.D. Richter

Cast: 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 vintageSee more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2002
UPC:
0027616862785
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:42:00

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

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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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