I may lack the ability to display it outwardly, but I was very excited for Arrow’s release of Weird Science. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, as a kid, and even now as an adult. I’ve collected the movie on every format, even Blu-ray. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray Universal released in 2013 was utter crap. The video quality was very bad. It was an old master, and tweaked and fiddled with in all of the wrong ways, and it was just downright ugly. This was very unfortunate for such a beloved cult classic, so fans have been hoping for someone to restore the movie. And when we’re talking about restorations, Arrow is at least in the top three when it comes to that type of thing, and their bonus content is always solid, as is the actual packaging of the disc. Needless to say, I was excited. It turns out, I had every reason to be.
Weird Science is a movie that was made in an era when the PG-13 rating actually meant something. I feel kind of silly, even entertaining the notion of allowing my 9 year old to watch this movie. I’m no prude, but I don’t feel like a movie like this would be released today. It’s not quite R, but near enough to it that it probably would have been today, with just a couple minor tweaks it could have easily been. There’s even nudity in the movie, in a PG-13 movie, which is rare now. The movie itself features a concept that easily could have gone one way or the other, as far as a quality final product goes. The right ingredients came together with just the right people, and cinema magic occurred. Yes, I’m still talking about Weird Science. Hey, it’s been over thirty years and we’re still talking about it, and people are still excited about home video releases, I’d say it qualifies as magical cinema.
Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release of Weird Science might be the best Blu-ray of the year. It’s certainly up there, and for this movie, it’s the best it’s ever going to get. Even if it’s eventually released to 4K, which is highly possible, I just don’t see it being any better. Arrow’s transfer is gorgeous, and head and shoulders above Universal’s release. Guess what, it ACTUALLY HAS GRAIN now. Film is grainy, you know, that’s how it’s supposed to be. The sound is also more than adequate, but I’m sure it’s the same track that was on the previous release. And get this, there are three cuts of Weird Science included in this release. There’s the theatrical cut, which we all know and love, and then there’s an extended cut, which is what I watched for the purpose of this review. There is also a TV cut, which I’m going to go back and watch out of sheer curiosity. If you’re having trouble telling which scenes are new in the Extended Cut, the extra scenes can be accessed via the menu to be viewed outside of the context of the movie. Also included are several interviews, and behind the scenes featurettes. Should you pick this Blu-ray up? At almost any price, hell yes. It’s my favorite Blu-ray release of the year, and if you’re a fan of this movie like I am, it might be yours as well.