Follow us on:





RSS Feed to all our Blu-ray Reviews



Before he was the international man of mystery, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alumnus Mike Myers made the jump to the big screen with WAYNE’S WORLD ($30). Not straying too far from the nest, WAYNE’S WORLD takes the SNL characters portrayed by Myers and Dana Carvey and allows them break out of the confinement of a single set for a big screen comedy adventure. However, the difference between WAYNE’S WORLD and a bunch of other SNL screen projects is the fact that this movie is genuinely funny and prove to be a huge success at the box office.

In WAYNE’S WORLD, Myers and Carvey embody Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar- two suburban heavy metal head-bangers that still live at home with their parents. I think most people from my generation either know or went to school with guys like Wayne and Garth, with one small difference- Wayne and Garth star in WAYNE’S WORLD, their own public access television show produced out of their parent’s basement. The aforementioned public access television show is at the center of WAYNE’S WORLD the movie, with its hosts making the jump to the big time, when oily producer Benjamin Oliver (Rob Lowe) expresses an interest in putting their show on a real cable network. As Wayne’s profession fortunes see an upturn, so does his personal life, when he meets a beautiful rock goddess named Cassandra (Tia Carrere), whom he is determined to make his own. For the most part WAYNE’S WORLD is a good-natured film that is filled with bits of insanely brilliant comedy. Myers and Carvey really shine in the material, plus Tia Carrere is, to quote our hero, a real "babe" and makes the film even more pleasant to watch. The cast of WAYNE’S WORLD also includes Brian Doyle-Murray, Lara Flynn Boyle, Michael DeLuise, Colleen Camp, Donna Dixon, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper and the ever-brilliant Ed O'Neill.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made WAYNE’S WORLD available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Considering the film’s low budget origins, the 1080p presentation provides WAYNE’S WORLD with a nicely upgraded picture over its DVD counterpart. Sure, this isn’t hi-def demo material, but it should be quite pleasing to fans. The image appears pretty sharp and well defined, but there is still some softness inherent to the original cinematography that comes through. Colors have a nice level of saturation, plus flesh tones are attractive. Blacks, whites, contrast and shadow detail all comes across well for a low budget comedy. The source materials show only mild imperfections. Modest grain is present during the presentation.

WAYNE’S WORLD is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. For the most part, this is another fairly standard talky comedy mix. The majority of sonic activity is localized to the front, but the outlying channels do provide the expected complement of ambience and musical fill. Where the sound design shines, is in terms of its musical component. A number of times, the soundtrack really springs to life, when key rock songs are given prominent moments in the movie. The lossless encode really helps the musical fidelity and enhances the overall experience. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. A French Dolby Digital 2.0 channel, plus a Spanish monaural track have also been encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc’s interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras, which have been ported from the DVD release. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Penelope Spheeris. Next we have Extreme Close-Up, which offers cast and crew interviews. A Theatrical Trailer closes out the extras.

WAYNE’S WORLD remains good fun and has been nicely upgraded to hi-def.



Wayne's World [Blu-ray] (1992)


DVD & Blu-rayDisc reviews are Copyright © 2009 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



Add to My Yahoo!  Add to Google  RSS Feed & Share Links