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 frat 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. A solid ratio of jokes that work and good performances from Edwards and others keeps "Nerds" a classic in the genre.
VIDEO: "Nerds" is a low-budget teen comedy from the '80's and the film is never going to look phenomenal. Still, considering the budget and the era, the picture doesn't look half bad on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. Sharpnesss and detail were a bit mixed, but mostly looked satisfactory. Some minor edge enhancement, artifacting and print flaws (some specks/marks and dirt in a few scenes) were spotted, but were not particularly distracting. Colors mostly appeared bright and lively, but did flutter noticably at times.
SOUND: The film's stereo soundtrack sounds delivers clear music and dialogue throughout, but audio quality is understandably a bit lackluster, sounding flat and rather thin.
EXTRAS: Audio commentary from director Jeff Kanew and actors Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong. The next extra is a treasure of true awfulness: the rare pilot episode for the "Revenge of the Nerds" TV series. Deeply cheesy, this is an absolute and utter gem of bad 80's TV. "I'm a Nerd and Proud of It" is a 38-minute "reunion" doc that brings together some of the actors and the filmmakers to discuss the history of the project and it's continued popularity. It's an informative, fun and sweet documentary that fans should enjoy. Finally, we also get the film's trailer, the sequel's trailer and 6 brief deleted scenes.
Final Thoughts: "Nerds" still remains a classic among 80's teen comedies. While the presentation quality is fine again here, the big difference this time around are some great extras. Recommended for fans.
The Film B+