Wayne's World (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 1.78:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

One of the spin-offs from a Saturday Night Live sketch that actually worked, "WAYNE'S WORLD," and its sequel, "WAYNE'S WORLD 2" have been released on blu-ray from PARAMOUNT.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey play Wayne and Garth, two guys with their own public access cable show.  Without much of a plot, the success of the film rides largely on the likeability and wit of its stars. Thankfully, while there are plenty of jokes that fall flat, these two throw enough at the wall to have plenty of jokes stick, and much of the film is really, really funny!  When honcho tv producer, Benjamin Kane(Rob Lowe) discovers their show, he gets the two naive friends to sell their control for pittance, expecting it to be re-tooled for another business venture. Other conflict arises as Kane tries using his success to steal Wayne's beautiful girlfriend, Cassanda, an aspiring musician. 

There are plenty of great moments wherein the film is elevated to comic heights by making fun of itself and other trends, without lowering itself to pure "spoof" ala Wayans brothers levels.

17 years after its theatrical release, "WAYNE'S WORLD" is every bit as funny as it was back then.

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Colors are decent, but nothing here stands out as notably superior to dvd in terms of color. Detail also varies in quality, with most of the film falling flat. There are sequences, later on in the film, wherein depth superior to dvd, appears. But, "WAYNE'S WORLD," for the most part, is unremarkable in appearance.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  While better than the dvd, the lossy mix doesn't do anything to increase surround presence. While it's understandable for a comedy mix, to be front channel focused(most are), even the concert sequences, have minimal surround presence.  A few sporadic surround effects pop up, but this mix is mostly average in quality.

PARAMOUNT has thrown in some extras for this release, including the original audio commentary track with Director Penelope Spheeris. She's entertaining for the most part, and her description of the development of the film from its tv background, is worth a listen. A featurette, "EXTREME CLOSE-UP," offers interviews with cast and crew, in standard resolution. The film's trailer is provided in full 1080p.