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The Movie:

After spending the last 10 hours or more watching two barely mediocre films and one depressing one, I was in the mood for a comedy. Scanning the films that have waiting to watch, I figure - what better than both "Revenge Of the Nerds" movies? Well, actually a lot could be better, but this is pretty much all I've got on short notice.

Who could forget "Revenge Of The Nerds", a film that sounded like a particularly dreadful idea and that made for a suprisingly decent film, which was actually a pretty solid success. The film revolves around Lewis and Gilbert (Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards), who are new college freshmen who go through the usual terror that nerds in most movies go through, mostly at the hands of the Alpha Betas,a rival sorority who want nothing more than to bash some nerds.

...And thus begins the classic battle of the nerds verus the jocks, as Gilbert and Lewis find allies in some of their college classmates as they attempt to outsmart the jocks. Some of the movie is admittedly pretty funny as the screenplay does get a few good jokes through - some legitimately funny and a few that succeed in the raunchy catagory.

Like many similar comedies in this time frame, there had to be a a sequel (although apparently, "Nerds" even spawned 2 direct-to-TV sequels). The reason is probably the same as why we see multiple editions of teen films today - these have been and always will be cheap to make and more often than not score a profit.

For the sequel, the nerds are transported to Florida for a meeting of sororities or some such nonsense - simply, it doesn't add up to as many laughs, although putting the characters in a new environment against their old enemies makes for some funny bits. Even if the second film doesn't add up to terribly much, at least 20th Century Fox has done a fairly fine job with the presentation, and offered both films on one disc (one on each side) at a low price - $24.98.


VIDEO: "Revenge Of The Nerds" is presented in 1.85:1 on the first side of the disc, and it is anamorphic. It's also better than I'd expected it to have looked. Although "Revenge Of The Nerds" isn't a film that's exactly going to win awards for production design or cinematography, sharpness and detail are actually fairly good here, although some scenes look slightly softer than others.

Print flaws are present, but I've seen worse in some recent movies. Occasional slight marks and speckles appear, but I didn't find the majority of this wear to be terribly distracting, and most wasn't even too noticable. If there is a little bit of wear here and there, at least there isn't any pixelation or other similar problems to take away from "Nerds".

Done a few years later, "Nerds In Paradise" similarly doesn't suffer from flaws in the way of pixelation or shimmering, but has some slight print flaws visible a couple of times during the film and an occasionally soft look, with fair detail. Still, the newer picture has a noticably smoother, cleaner look, if still nothing too remarkable visually.

SOUND: "Revenge" is presented in both the film's original mono soundtrack and a new Dolby surround presentation. Neither are terribly impressive as "Revenge" remains a minimal sound presentation at best - as an 80's comedy, that means that we not only get a wonderfully cheesy score, but dialogue that sounds somewhat flat, but still clear enough to hear the occasionally funny joke slip through. The second feature is, of course, newer, but that doesn't seem to make as much difference in audio as it did in video. The music sounds slightly fuller here than it did in the original film, although the audio still remains a very limited "comedy" presentation.

MENUS:: Although menus aren't animated, nor do they have any special touches of note, at least the images used as backgrounds are funny and get into the spirit of the movie.

EXTRAS: Trailers for "Revenge" 1 and "Porkys" 1 are on the first side with the original and the trailers for both sequels are on the other side with the sequel. What, no "Remembering The Nerds" look-back documentary? No "nerd commentary?" Oh well.

Final Thoughts:

Positive: Fans of the movies will be able to pick up both for $24.98, at even less at most stores. Picture and sound quality are not remarkable in any way, although still slightly better than I'd expected.

Negative: Nothing much in the way of extra features, although with both films at such a low price, this is a minor concern as fans of the film will be thrilled to have the films in their collection at such a low price.

Revenge 1
The Film ** 1/2/
DVD Grades
Video 84/B = (336/400 possible points)
Audio: 81/B = (324/400 possible points)
Extras: 75/C = (225/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 85/B = (255/300 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1280/1600



Revenge 2
The Film * 1/2
DVD Grades
Video 86/B = (344/400 possible points)
Audio: 81/B = (324/400 possible points)
Extras: 75/C = (225/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 85/B = (255/300 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1288/1600



DVD Information

Fox Double Feature: Revenge Of The Nerds 1/2
20th Century Fox Home Video
Dolby Surround
Dual Layer:No
82 minutes

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