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Weird Science

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 23, 2019
Weird Science

Arrow Video's latest 1980s retro Blu-ray release is a Collector's Edition that features three different versions of the same film.

I'm referring to "Weird Science," yet another cult classic that became a staple of the cable circuit back in the day. Watching the John Hughes film decades later, this sci-fi comedy hybrid still puts a smile on my face with its innocuous jokes, teenage angst plot, and lusty behavior from the lead characters.

Like Hughes' previous two films before "Weird Science," Anthony Michael Hall stars as a tormented high school geek. His character, Gary, seems a little edgier than the nerds he played in "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), Gary's partner in nerdy crime, is the computer whiz of the duo. Both concoct the idea to create the perfect cyber-woman. But when she comes to life (mimicking the classic "She's Alive!" scene from Frankenstein), all hell breaks loose.

Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) tries to teach the boys a thing or two about women and life. Gary and Wyatt want to become uber-popular, and it's here that screenwriter/director Hughes perfects the sometimes painful teenage experience.

"Weird Science" isn't without its flaws: the dated special effects can be distracting at times. And the use of "breaking the fourth wall" worked better in past John Hughes films. But for a film featuring both Robert Downey Jr. and a bare-assed Bill Paxton in early career roles, "Weird Science," the Blu-ray, should definitely be purchased.

"It's Alive — Resurrecting Weird Science," a 16-minute documentary, was included on a Blu-ray release from 2013. Otherwise, most of Arrow Video's extras are brand new. Most feature the crew of "Weird Science": The composer, casting director, and the special makeup creators all get interviewed. "Dino the Greek" is a new interview with actor John Kapelos. And the three aforementioned versions of the film are the theatrical cut, extended version (with two deleted scenes inserted seamlessly), and the edited TV version.

Sorely missing in the special features are actors Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith, seen only in archival footage.

"Weird Science"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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