ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI REVIEWED

“The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai” is one of those films that I’ve earned on almost every home video format. Sorry, but I didn’t collect that many laserdiscs. To the young kids, I’ll break the film down for you. Buckaroo Banzai is the Doc Savage stand-in for the 1980s. If you don’t know who Doc Savage is, then ask more old people. But, Buckaroo takes the Doc Savage comparisons and gives them an early 80s pop. He’s an experimental rock star, complex surgeon and the Earth’s greatest adventurer. But, he pales in comparison to the greatness that is Lord John Whorfin.

For those of you wondering how it compares to the many foreign releases, I’d say the Arrow disc is the closest comparison. Watching both side by side, I’d go so far as to say…it’s the same transfer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is impressive, but we need to talk about Lithgow. The film wouldn’t work without his alien overlord who learned English from Mussolini. All of the Sci-Fi claptrap in the film means nothing compared to Lithgow calling everyone a Monkey Boy.

Clancy Brown, Jeff Goldblum and many others turn up in strong supporting roles. But, you know how a film is cool? When Wes Anderson lifts your end credits sequence for “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”. Seriously, people. He lifted it beat for beat.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New Interviews
  • Commentaries
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Alternate Opening Sequence

A/V STATS

  • 2.35:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 8/16/16

  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 93%
    Audio - 93%
  • 90%
    Supplemental Material - 90%
  • 96%
    Film Score - 96%
94%

The Plot Thus Far

Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension.

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