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Whenever a film makes an enormous sum of cash, Hollywood almost always demands a sequel. Such is the case with WAYNE’S WORLD 2 ($30). Fortunately for fans of the first film, WAYNE’S WORLD 2 isn’t a sell out sequel that exists solely to make some cash off of an existing audience. In fact, SNL characters Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are genuinely funny creations with enough staying power to support a sequel. Taking place a year after the first film, WAYNE’S WORLD 2 finds our heroes a bit more mature and moved out of their parent’s homes.

Although now a "man," Wayne is restless and is looking for something important to do with his life. Then, during a dream, Wayne realizes his life’s calling- he is destined to put together a rock festival ala Woodstock- only this one is to be called Waynestock. Of course, putting a rock festival is a lot easier said than done- even for a heavy metal head-banger, who hosts his own cable access TV show. Of course, even with all the obstacles in his way, Wayne strives for to reach his goal (and produces a lot of laughs along the way). The babe factor of WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is increased beyond Tia Carrere, with the additions of Kim Basinger, Heather Locklear, Olivia d'Abo and Drew Barrymore. Also lending support are Christopher Walken, Rip Taylor, Kevin Pollak, James Hong, Chris Farley, Harry Shearer, Ted McGinley, Jay Leno, Charlton Heston, Ed O'Neill and Aerosmith.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made WAYNE’S WORLD 2 available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation for WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is pretty much a ditto for the quality of its predecessor. Again, this isn’t hi-def demo material, but serves as a nice upgrade over DVD. Image sharpness and detail are usually just fine for this type of modestly budgeted comedy, but a little softness creeps in here and there. Colors offer better than average saturation and natural looking flesh tones. Again, the blacks, the whites, as well as the contrast and shadow detail all come across well enough for a low budget comedy. Once more, the source materials show only mild imperfections. Modest grain is present.

WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Sound quality is slightly stronger here, but for the most part, the sound design mimics the first film. We remain in standard talky comedy mix territory, with the majority of sonic activity is localized to the front. The expected complement of ambience and musical fill hits the outlying channels. Again, the lossless encode enhances the musical component, which is the highlight of the soundtrack. The music sounds a bit better in this second installment than it did in the first go round. Dialogue is crisply rendered and remains totally understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

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 Stephen Surjik. The extras conclude with Extreme Close-Up, which offers cast and crew interviews.

WAYNE’S WORLD 2 delivers sequel worthy laughs in a nicely upgraded hi-def presentation.



Wayne's World 2 [Blu-ray] (1993)


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