High School graduate James Brennan had been looking forward to attending a great college based upon hard work, good grades and his parents' help, but when his dad announces he's been hit by a major paycut at work, James knows his plans for travel, let along college, are in jeopardy and he needs to find as much work as possible for income. It's 1987 and taking a job at the local amusement park, "ADVENTURELAND" sounds like a fun way to earn money and make it through summer. Jesse's time at work is aided by some good friends, a hot girl everyone is after but whom takes an interest in Jesse, a cute "girlfriend" material girl with a secret and,...well, not much more. And, the "not much more" is the film's limitation. Characters are somewhat interesting, but if one intends to focus on a specific time period, it just seems there should be something more to say about 1987 than what "ADVENTURELAND" manages too say. The plot deals with cheating, anti-semeticism, pot, rites of passage and more, but only in a superfluous kind of way. It's not a bad film, by any means, but just nothing at all like the raucous comedy its advertising intentionally suggested.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are generally dulled and grain is persistent throughout. But, it's hard to tell if this is due to budget limitations or the director's vision, as it does capture the gritty feel of the amusement park and provide a natural looking atmosphere. Detail is generally good, but the image never offers the kind of jump-off-the-screen depth one hopes for with blu-ray.
BUENA VISTA provides a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's a bit of a lackluster, with most of the mix confined to the front center channel. Surrounds occasionally kick in for minor ambient effects. Bass is virtually non-existent. However, whenever the great soundtrack with songs from the '80s, kicks in, all speakers thoroughly compliment the music and the advantages of lossy are made prominent. Just a bit of a disappointment for most of the film, however.
BUENA VISTA has provided some extras, including: a great commentary with Eisenberg and the director. It's actually much better and funnier than the film. Deleted scenes, some featurettes and a song selection marker are also provided.