& Ted's Most Excellent Collection
Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection features the exact
same discs originally released for the films, plus a new disc chock
full of fun extras. All three DVDs come in a totally cheesy yet
totally bodacious box.
Of the extras, the most fun is probably a 20-minute interview with
the original Bill & Ted, Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon. The
two interview each other, with no moderator, and take us through
the process of them coming up with the characters, coming up with
the story, and writing the script. It’s actually pretty funny
to hear the stories, and to hear these two middle-aged men speaking
like Bill & Ted, but it may only be funny to people who love
the films as much as we do.
“The Most Triumphant Making-of Documentary” is a half-hour
long and takes the usual route. It features frequent interviews
with those involved, including Alex Winter, writers Chris Matheson
& Ed Solomon, directors Stephen Herek and Pete Hewitt, and some
producers, production designers, and so on. Unfortunately, the whole
thing features a complete lack of Keanu Reeves. Whoa.
“Hysterical Personages” sports biographies of nine
gnarly historical dudes and one babe dressed as a dude. It’s
basically a picture or series of pictures shown with a humorously
dull voiceover giving us some facts. It’s both boring and
Guitarist Steve Vai gives a ten-minute interview about guitar,
his involvement with the film, and more guitar. It’s fairly
interesting, but probably not to people who don’t know who
Steve Vai is (fortunately, we do).
There is a 13-minute featurette completely dedicated to one of
the world’s most common and yet little talked about pastimes:
air guitar. Bjorn Turoque and The Rockness Monster host this fantastically
fun and fascinating featurette.
Also included are a “from scribble to script” gallery,
the premiere episode of the Bill & Ted cartoon series, some
radio spots, and a “linguistic stylings of Bill & Ted”
video dictionary. All in all, this is a great set that fans of the
series should really enjoy. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t
get new transfers, as well.
Here are our reviews of the original DVD versions of the films.
Before Wayne's World, Baseketball, or even Dude, Where's My Car?,
there was Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
It's one of those classic comedies that has stood the test of time
and entertained people for over a decade
though nobody is really
quite sure why.
If you're unaware of the story (get out from under that rock!),
it's about Bill & Ted (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves), two really
stupid guys who are on the verge of failing history. Fortunately,
Rufus (George Carlin) is sent back through time to help them pass.
He provides them with a time machine, so they can travel through
time (crazy thing to do with a time machine, but
) and learn
first hand what really happened at certain points in history.
You see, in the future, Bill & Ted's band, Wyld Stallyns, will
put an end to world hunger and align the planets. It will become
the basis of life and civilization.
And so begins Bill & Ted's excellent adventure.
The idea is clever, and just outrageous enough to work. The effects
were undoubtedly good for the time, but look pretty cheesy by today's
Of course, it's always nice to see Keanu Reeves in the role he
was born for. Back when he played Ted, no one would dare call him
a bad actor.
There's something about Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure that
is just laugh-out-loud funny. To this day, I haven't figured out
what it is, I just know that I love the movie. Maybe it's because
I'm a child of the 80's, maybe it's because I'm as stupid as the
characters, or maybe it's just because it's damn funny.
Whatever the reason, this is a classic movie that would appeal
to pretty much everyone.
The DVD is very average. It sports a very nice looking anamorphic
transfer (2.35:1) with very good video quality, but the sound, on
the other hand, just doesn't cut it. It is presented in 5.1 Dolby
Digital, but never really sounds anything other than stereo. Not
even great stereo, for that matter. Some of the time traveling scenes
could have done well with some Dolby Digital surround effects, but
it never quite does it.
The only extra on the disc is the extremely cheesy theatrical trailer.
MGM needs to give more old movies the special edition treatment.
This is one movie that really deserves it.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, from MGM Home Entertainment
90 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16X9 enhanced, 5.1 Dolby
Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin
Produced by Scott Kroopf, Michael S. Murphy, Joel Soisson
Written by Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
Directed by Stephen Herek
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is one of those rare sequels that
is actually good.
It's by no means an Excellent Adventure, but by all means a worthy
This time, Bill & Ted (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) are killed
by the evil robot thems. The evil De Nomolos (Joss Acklund) isn't
happy with how they've influenced the future, so he plans to do
something about it.
Bill & Ted end up in hell. After experiencing their "own personal
hell," they decide to challenge the Grim Reaper (William Sadler)
for a chance to go back to the land of the living.
So, as any contest of biblical proportions would entail, they
play Battleship. They find out it's actually the best two out of
three. So they play Clue. Then find out it's best three out of five.
And so on.
Eventually, the Reaper admits defeat and takes them to heaven,
where they seek out a brilliant scientist dude to help them build
good robot thems. God points them to Station, a pair of brilliant
alien scientists. He builds them some robots, and Bill & Ted
save the future -- and their girlfriends -- from the evil robot
And, much like in the first movie, their fun-loving ways rub off
on everyone they meet, including Death himself. Mr. Reaper even
comes up with the Reaper Rap.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of the all-time classic
comedies that stands the test of time and is still funny to this
day. Bogus Journey, though to a lesser extent, is too. It succeeds
where so many sequels fail, in that it creates a completely new
story and comes up with completely new jokes. The air guitar thing
may not be new, but it never gets old.
Plus, it's nice to see Keanu Reeves playing a role he's actually
good in. It's too bad his career wouldn't allow him to continue
playing Ted for his entire life.
Alex Winter and the supporting cast are all good as well.
I don't usually laugh out loud while watching a movie by myself,
but classics like the Bill & Teds can do it for me.
So if you're a little bit immature, and not afraid to admit it,
Bill & Ted are always most triumphant.
Unfortunately, the DVD isn't. When I first heard that the Bill
& Ted movies were coming out on DVD, I was thoroughly excited.
But MGM hasn't done much with this one. The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
is fuzzy and looks almost like the old VHS copies, except for the
widescreen picture. The sound, apparently presented in 5.1 Dolby
Digital, is just bad. That's all there is to it.
Extras include a 6-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, which
is just a bunch of interviews. There are a few humorous moments,
but it's not really much of an extra. There is also the original
theatrical teaser and trailer, which, interestingly enough, are
exactly the same.
A classic comedy that deserved a much better disc.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, from MGM Home Video
98 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby
Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland,
Produced by Scott Kroopf
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, Directed by Peter Hewitt
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