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Penelope Spheeris
Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe
Writing Credits:
Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Box Office:
$20 million.
Opening Weekend:
$18,122,710 on 1768 screens.
Domestic Gross:

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish Monaural
French Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 94 min.
Price: $17.99
Release Date: 2/1/2022

• Audio Commentary With Director Penelope Spheeris
• “Extreme Close-Up” Interviews
• Trailer
• Steelbook Case


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Wayne's World: 30th Anniversary Steelbook [Blu-Ray] (1992)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 27, 2022)

Though the first movie to focus on characters from Saturday Night Live became a serious cult hit over the last 40-plus years, it wasn’t enormously successful during its theatrical run in 1980. As such, The Blues Brothers remained a solo act for quite some time, and we wouldn’t see another SNL-based flick until 1992.

However, when that film hit screens, the whole situation changed, as Wayne’s World proved to be a solid hit. No, its $121 million gross didn’t rewrite the record books, but it was a very strong gross for a very small, low-budget offering.

From there, the floodgates opened as additional SNL-based flicks appeared. Since 1992, we’ve gotten many more movies that starred characters from SNL skits.

World remains the biggest success of the bunch, though, and it remains the only one of the bunch to earn any real money. This film set up the formula that would be emulated by virtually all of the later spin-off efforts.

It can be hard to create 90 minutes worth of movie based on a five minute TV sketch, so World offers a loose plot that largely sticks with small chunks of gags. Yes, World has a story, but it’s a fairly thin one.

As we know from SNL, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) broadcast a cable access TV show from the basement of Wayne’s house. Actually, it’s his parents’ house, but Wayne - a young man of vague age - still lives there.

Anyway, a shifty TV executive named Benjamin (Rob Lowe) decides to acquire the program so he can sell it and make money off of it. Of course, Wayne and Garth are innocent pawns in his scheme, as Wayne wants to be able to earn a living from “Wayne’s World”, but he still wants to do the program he likes, and Benjamin’s plans will ultimately ruin it.

Another complication occurs when Wayne hooks up with sexy rocker Cassandra (Tia Carrere). The two hit it off, but Wayne fears that she will be unable to resist the charms of smooth, handsome Benjamin. Inevitably, Wayne mucks up pretty much everything in his life before he attempts to make it all good again.

While that plot synopsis may lead you to believe that a lot happens in Wayne’s World, the truth is that the movie really is little more than a compilation of gags all packaged into one semi-coherent tale. Frankly, that’s not a bad thing.

World flows smoothly enough between bits to ensure that the storyline seems reasonably unforced for the most part. Many successful films have utilized a similar structure - This Is Spinal Tap and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure come to mind - so I certainly won’t criticize Wayne’s World for the same tendencies.

That said, I must admit I’ve never been wild about this movie, and my most recent screening did little to change my mind. While the plot may have appeared reasonably well-integrated, I do think other aspects of the film seem to be forced, mainly due to Myers’ performance.

By this point, Myers should have been very familiar with the character, but his tone feels wrong throughout much of the movie. Myers makes Wayne appear less warm and likeable than on TV, and he can seem downright surly at times, all for no apparent reason.

To be sure, some scenes force Wayne to be less pleasant, but Myers simply looks like he’s in a bad mood for much of the film, and this makes Wayne work less well than he should.

It doesn’t help that Myers has a strong tendency to mug for the camera and play things in a cutesy manner, and that side of him crops up frequently during World. I always enjoyed Wayne on SNL, but as portrayed in the film, I think that Myers fails to adequately expand the role past the confines of his parents’ basement.

On the other hand, Carvey is a lot of fun as Garth. He plays the character as even more of an innocent than usual, and the tone really works.

Carvey provides some wonderfully odd and entertaining line readings, and Garth becomes a much greater focus. Perhaps Myers was in a bad mood because Carvey stole the movie from him.

Overall, I think that Wayne’s World is a moderately enjoyable little flick. I never felt that it merited the success it obtained, as it provides a fairly fun experience but it doesn’t excel in many ways. Nonetheless, it remains a light and fitfully witty piece that continues to have its moments.

The Disc Grades: Picture C+/ Audio B/ Bonus C+

Wayne’s World appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a competent but unexceptional presentation.

Sharpness varied. While much of the movie showed reasonable to good delineation, more than a few minor soft spots came up along the way.

I saw no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, but edge haloes appeared, at least in a mild manner. Print flaws seemed modest, as I saw a few small specks and nicks and nothing more.

Grain also came across as erratic. While some scenes showed fairly natural grain, others felt “smoothed out” from digital noise reduction, a choice that could make the image a little on the flat side.

Colors went with a natural palette that highlighted purples/pinks at clubs. Though the hues sometimes felt semi-vivid, they also could come across as somewhat bland.

Blacks felt acceptably dark, while shadows mostly seemed fairly smooth. This became a perfectly watchable image but not one that impressed.

Frankly, I didn’t expect much from the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Wayne’s World, as comedies usually offer pretty center-oriented and bland mixes. However, the soundfield of World often opened up nicely, mainly due to the frequent use of music.

Effects offered positive atmosphere throughout the movie, but they usually remained fairly subdued and general. A couple of scenes became livelier, especially when Wayne and Garth watched the planes land, as those sequences lit up all five channels in a satisfying manner.

However, music remained the most active element, and the movie used different tunes in a compelling manner. The emphasis remained in the forward spectrum, as the songs displayed fine stereo separation and were placed appropriately within the soundstage.

The surrounds also kicked in good reinforcement of the songs, and the live venues sounded especially good, as the rear channels created a convincing club environment.

Audio quality also seemed to be solid. Dialogue sounded natural and warm, with no signs of edginess or problems related to intelligibility.

Effects were generally detailed and accurate, with positive fidelity and clarity. Though the plane landings appeared slightly distorted, but they didn’t display any significant concerns.

Again, music worked best, as the songs seemed bright, dynamic and rich. Overall, I enjoyed the soundtrack to Wayne’s World.

One additional sound-related concern revolved around the scene in which Wayne plays the Fender at the music shop. Apparently during the movie’s US theatrical run, he played the intro to “Stairway to Heaven”.

However, rights issues forced them to change this to a vaguely-similar riff that doesn’t duplicate the Led Zeppelin classic. As I’ve perused various message boards, some folks have been curious about this, so I thought I should mention it.

How did the 2022 “30th Anniversary” Blu-ray compare to the prior release from 2009? Both remained identical – literally, as the 2022 issue simply replicated the earlier disc.

When we go to extras, we begin with a running audio commentary from director Penelope Spheeris. Although the track feels a little spotty at times, for the most part Spheeris provides a fairly interesting discussion of the film.

Actually, she also talks about her career as a whole and goes into her feelings about a variety of movie-related issues. Spheeris proves to be fairly frank about her experiences on the movie.

While she doesn’t dish any serious dirt, she alludes to competitiveness between its stars and gets into her general concerns. Overall, this delivers a pretty compelling and fun little track.

In addition to the film’s theatrical trailer, the disc includes Extreme Close-Up, a collection of interviews with Wayne’s World participants. During this 23-minute, 14-second program, we hear from actors Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe and Tia Carrere plus producer Lorne Michaels and director Penelope Spheeris.

While “Extreme Close-Up” isn’t a fascinating program, it becomes a step up from the usual interview shows. Often those are drab conglomerations of praise, but while “Extreme” certainly has some of those moments, it features a decent total of interesting details about the film.

Some of these are redundant, as we hear statements already included in Spheeris’ commentary, but we find a positive amount of new information to be learned. The participants mainly stick with general anecdotes and memories, and the program doesn’t have a solid organization, but the factoids are fairly fun and interesting, so “Extreme Close-Up” merits a look.

New to the 2022 release, the Blu-ray comes in a Steelbook Case. That’s it – that’s the only change from the earlier issue.

After 30 years, Wayne’s World remains an inconsistent but generally entertaining little piece. While not something I would care to watch too many times, I can understand its charms and it still works pretty well. The Blu-ray offers decent picture and sound plus it features a few supplements. This becomes an adequate but unexceptional release.

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