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Weird Science
     

Weird Science

4.8 5
Director: John Hughes

Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock

 

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John Hughes comedy classic Weird Science gets yet another release, this time under the "High School Reunion Collection" banner. While the extras on the disc seem slim, they're still a step up from the last one Universal junked out. This time, the 1.85:1 image comes in a vibrant anamorphic transfer, while audiophiles will be more than happy with the tweaked and

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John Hughes comedy classic Weird Science gets yet another release, this time under the "High School Reunion Collection" banner. While the extras on the disc seem slim, they're still a step up from the last one Universal junked out. This time, the 1.85:1 image comes in a vibrant anamorphic transfer, while audiophiles will be more than happy with the tweaked and remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks. Bonus materials are slim, but at least you get the original theatrical trailer (something the box does not advertise, which might mislead some buyers looking to upgrade their disc). All in all, it's a fine pared-down release, though one has to wonder if there are plans in the works for a special edition down the road.

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Along with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Weird Science helped establish John Hughes as king of '80s teenybopper comedy, though this immature, wish-fulfillment fantasy is clearly meant for the boys. Given his first opportunity to really carry a movie, Anthony Michael Hall does not disappoint, playing the kind of smart-alecky loveable loser that everyone knew back in high school. Ilan-Mitchell Smith, never really heard from again after this movie, is the more sensitive half of the underdog pair, who have a great time learning from the English babe (Kelly LeBrock) they improbably conceive through a combination of computer programs and glamour magazine cut-outs. Unapologetically sophomoric, the film earns its enduring appeal with a number of gonzo set pieces, most notably the climactic party that's interrupted by a biker gang out of Mad Max, which Gary and Wyatt must overcome to win their keep. Weird Science throws together a goofy mixture of sci-fi, teenage sex fantasy, and high school satire to earn guilty grins from beginning to end. As in his other hits from this era, Hughes' screenplay is endlessly quotable. Credit also goes to the memorable supporting performances turned in by Robert Downey Jr., offering up an early version of his trademark dismissive flamboyance; Britt Leach and Barbara Lang as Gary's hilariously spellbound parents; and, in a scene-stealing turn that's assumed classic status, Bill Paxton as Chet, Wyatt's bullying military brother, who takes sadistic pleasure in making the boys squirm.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0025192114120
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Remastered with the original motion picture music, featuring Roy Orbison, Oingo Boingo, and General Public

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Michael Hall Gary
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Wyatt
Kelly LeBrock Lisa
Bill Paxton Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder Deb
Judie Aronson Hilly
Robert Downey Ian
Robert Rusler Max
Jackie Burch Actor
Syzy J. Kellems Gymnast
Vince Monroe Townsend Bar Patron
Chino "Fats" Williams Bar Patron
Vernon Wells Lord General
Britt Leach Al
Barbara Lang Lucy
Michael Berryman Mutant Biker
Ivor Barry Henry
Anne Bernadette Coyle Carmen
John Kapelos Candy Bar Owner
Jill Whitlow Perfume Salesgirl
Theodocia Goodrich Lingerie Saleswoman
Wally Ward Weenie
Johnny Timko Weenie
Mikul Robins Weenie
Darren Harris Weenie
Renee Props Weenie
Michael Cramer Weenie
Todd Hoffman Weenie
D'Mitch Davis Bartender
Mary Steelsmith Girl in Bathroom
Robin Frohman Girl in Bathroom
Alison Carole Lowe Girl in Upside Down Bathroom
Kym Malin Girl Playing Piano
Jennifer Balgobin Biker Girl
Jeff Jensen Metal Face
Prince Hughes Party Guest
Rick LeFevour Policeman
Rock Walker Policeman
Joe Gieb Blob Operator
Kevin Thompson Blob Operator
Doug MacHugh Wyatt's Father
Pamela Gordon Wyatt's Mother
Phillip Borsos Candy Bar Owner (uncredited)
Fred D. Scott Bar Patron
Steve James Guy at Table

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
James Allen Art Director
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Jackie Burch Casting
John W. Corso Production Designer
Jerry Evans Choreography
Michael Germain Makeup
Doug Hubbard Special Effects
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Henry M. Lebo Camera Operator
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Roger Lifsey Special Effects
Henry Millar Special Effects
Mike Millar Special Effects
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Joel Silver Producer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Richard Thompson Special Effects
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott James Wallace Editor
Mark Warner Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Women Everywhere
2. Main Titles
3. To Simulate a Girl
4. Cyber Babe
5. On the Town
6. One Serious Idiot
7. The Morning After
8. At the Mall
9. Gentle Persuasion
10. Party!
11. Scientific Breakthrough
12. Uninvited Guests
13. In the Mood
14. Here Comes Chet
15. Land Speed Record
16. Chet Happens
17. Nick of Time
18. End Titles

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Weird Science 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie its cool and funny two unpoular guys decide to make a girl on their computer and she's beautiful now the two guys are popular and everyone likes them
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weird Science is an awesome movie The year it came out was 1985 i was also born in that year Two unpoular guys make a girl on a computer She's beautiful and has magic powers Her name is Lisa This movie is a fanasty but thats whats so cool about it Imange making a girl on a computer It would be so cool This movie is funny It's a really cool movie to watch and love
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is teen fantasy cinema at it's best.
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