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There is no denying that 1984's BACHELOR PARTY ($23) is lewd, crude, rude and an absolute laugh riot. Since BACHELOR PARTY contains something to offend almost everybody, those who are embracing political correctness are certain to hate this particular movie. As for me, I love BACHELOR PARTY and wouldn't change a frame of this hilarious sex comedy. A pre-Oscar, post-BOSOM BUDDIES Tom Hanks stars in BACHELOR PARTY as Rick, a school bus driver who has just asked his girlfriend Debbie (Tawny Kitaen) to marry him. Of course, Rick's friends decide to throw him the mother of all bachelor parties, containing the three necessary ingredients- sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. On the same evening, Debbie's friends throw her a bridal shower, which gets interrupted by the arrival of two hookers intended for the bachelor party. This surprise gift comes courtesy of Debbie's former boyfriend, who wants to make Rick look bad. What follows is a hilarious night of pranks, mistaken identity, debauchery, revenge, bestiality, chaos, vandalism, excessive drug use, loud music and a tug of war with something on a bun that is a bit more than a foot long hot dog. The non-Oscar winning members of the BACHELOR PARTY cast includes Adrian Zmed, George Grizzard, Barbara Stuart, Robert Prescott, William Tepper, Wendie Jo Sperber, Barry Diamond, Gary Grossman, Michael Dudikoff, Bradford Bancroft, Martina Finch, Deborah Harmon, Tracy Smith and Florence Schauffler.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made BACHELOR PARTY available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. For a low budget comedy from the mid-1980s, BACHELOR PARTY looks great on DVD. The transfer delivers an image that is clean, bright and attractive. Certainly, there is some softness and grain in the picture, which is related to the age of the movie and production limitations. However, fans will be very pleased with the overall image quality. Although the colors have that telltale 80's look, all of the hues are strongly rendered and the flesh tones appear quite natural. Blacks seem fine, although shadow detail is a bit wanting. Like good taste, digital compression artifacts remain completely out of sight during the presentation.

For this release BACHELOR PARTY is offered with a new Dolby Digital 4.0 channel soundtrack. This is a fairly typical comedy mix, with dialogue locked to the center, stereo music and a bit of fill coming from the surround channels. The sound is fairly bright, but pleasing enough at reasonably loud volume levels. Some background hiss becomes audible at higher levels, but is never too bad. Dialogue reproduction is very clear, so there is no chance of missing a single rib tickling vulgarity. English and French monaural soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

The basic interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a theatrical trailer, plus ten minutes of interview footage with the cast from 1984, which has been broken up into various segments.

BACHELOR PARTY is a tasteless movie that I loved when I saw it in 1984 and still love today. Fox has done a great job with the DVD and I doubt a single fan will be disappointed by the presentation. If you love low humor, you'll want to own your own copy of BACHELOR PARTY on DVD.


Bachelor Party


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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