It’s hard to believe that somehow, Wayne’s World is thirty years old. I remember seeing it in the theatres with my friends, I remember Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) on SNL, back when I would enjoy it.
I remember it vividly, and it does not feel like thirty years ago.
That being said, the blu-ray, available today from Paramount Pictures looks better than it ever did, and perhaps that, married with the mist of nostalgia helps to diminish that temporal distance somewhat.
Sheah right! As if!
Actually, the image on the blu-ray is sharp and crisp, and looks great. And the movie was a joy to revisit, and Myers and Carvey are great together, but is it as good as you remember? I can’t say it was for me, but it was still a lot of fun to revisit.
The steelbook packaging is great, and is littered with familiar quotes across it’s casing, just showing how much of a pop culture impact this movie had at the time. And that just helped to boost my eagerness to watch this movie after so long (it’s not thirty years, it can’t be).
The film boasts a bevy of familiar faces alongside Myers and Carvey, Tia Carrere, whose career took off after this, Rob Lowe, Ed O’Neill, Lara Flynn Boyle, Donna Dixon, and SNL alumnus Chris Farley.
With lots of fourth wall breaks, the narrative follows Wayne and Garth, as they take their cable access show to a wider audience with the help of devious producer, Benjamin (Lowe), who also just happens to have his eyes set on Cassandra (Carrere) an up and coming rocker on the music scene, who has a romantic connection with Wayne.
Wayne’s World remains a very funny film, but I was a little bummed to see that there were no new extras included on the 30th anniversary release. The extras from the original release, a commentary by director Penelope Spheeris, and a short 20 minute talking head behind the scenes doc are here, along with the theatrical trailer.
It would have been nice to include some new features, maybe some of the classic SNL Wayne’s World sketches, maybe a new commentary by Myers and Carvey. Heck, even a featurette about the impact of the characters, for a while there in the 90s you couldn’t go anywhere and not have them pop up in some form or another.
Despite the lack of extras, this is still one to have, and man, just watching this one again was a hoot. And it lets you share it with a whole new generation who may be able to relate more than they think (believe me I know, we have a teenager at home).
Wayne’s World, the 30th Anniversary Steelbook blu-ray is available from Paramount Canada today!