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Bill & Ted's Excellent Collection

"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) and "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) comprise the pair of goofy cult classic movies that follow the time-shifting antics of a couple of teenaged aspiring heavy metal guitarists from the fictional San Dimas, California. The movies hold up as kitchen sink comedies that brilliantly capture the essence of boyhood friendships within their relentlessly silly codes of behavior. That's not to say that these are good movies - the first fares better than the sequel - but that they are entertaining when watched with the same perspective of good-humored intention under which they were made. Special features include a making-of documentary, interview commentary with screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, a comic historical biographies featurette, the initial episode of the cartoon series, an interview with guitarist Steve Vai, an air guitar tutorial, a script-to-screen section and a video dictionary of Bill & Ted's vocabulary. Aspect ratio is 16:9 Widescreen, with sound reproduction in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. (Movies - Two Stars, DVD features - Three Stars) Rated PG, Over 230 mins. (MGM Home Entertainment)

August 24, 2005 | Permalink