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Whenever a film makes an enormous sum of cash, Hollywood almost always demands a sequel. Such is the case with WAYNE’S WORLD 2 ($30). Fortunately for fans of the first film, WAYNE’S WORLD 2 isn’t a sell out sequel that exists solely to make some cash off of an existing audience. In fact, SNL characters Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are genuinely funny creations with enough staying power to support a sequel. Taking place a year after the first film, WAYNE’S WORLD 2 finds our heroes a bit more mature and moved out of their parent’s homes.


Although now a "man," Wayne is restless and is looking for something important to do with his life. Then, during a dream, Wayne realizes his life’s calling- he is destined to put together a rock festival ala Woodstock- only this one is to be called Waynestock. Of course, putting a rock festival is a lot easier said than done- even for a heavy metal head-banger, who hosts his own cable access TV show. Of course, even with all the obstacles in his way, Wayne strives for to reach his goal (and produces a lot of laughs along the way). The babe factor of WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is increased beyond Tia Carrere, with the additions of Kim Basinger, Heather Locklear, Olivia d'Abo and Drew Barrymore. Also lending support are Christopher Walken, Rip Taylor, Kevin Pollak, James Hong, Chris Farley, Harry Shearer, Ted McGinley, Jay Leno, Charlton Heston, Ed O'Neill and Aerosmith.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made WAYNE’S WORLD 2 available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The transfer is a very good representation of a modestly budgeted film; the image is usually sharp and well defined. Some shots appear softer than others, but there is really nothing much to complain about. Colors have a good level of saturation, plus the picture produces nice looking flesh tones. For the most part the more, intense hues are solid, but in a couple of spots there was a mild fuzziness. The blacks appear quite accurate and the level of shadow detail is more than respectable for this kind of production. The film element used for the transfer displayed some blemishes, but nothing that rated as distracting. Film grain is noticeable from time to time, however, it never becomes glaring. The cleanly authored DVD keeps digital compression artifacts well concealed.

Like the first film, WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is presented here with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack that isn’t too far removed from its matrixed Dolby Surround origins. There are occasional split surround effect, but mostly ambient sound and musical fill filter out of the rear channels. Channel separation is pretty good across the front, but most of the time it is the music that takes advantage of the Dolby Digital encoding. The music itself has a full-bodied sound that enhances the rock-oriented sections of the story. Dialogue is cleanly rendered and always completely understandable. English and French Dolby Surround soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound enhance the DVD's cleverly designed interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few supplements. Director Stephen Surjik provides a running audio commentary that is generally pretty informative, but can become a bit sparse at times. Also included on the DVD are about fifteen minutes worth of new cast/crew interviews that are fairly entertaining, but not quite as good as those that appear on the original film’s DVD release. A theatrical trailer closes out the DVD’s supplements.


WAYNE’S WORLD 2 is a goofy good movie, in addition to being a nice looking and sounding DVD. If you have WAYNE’S WORLD on DVD, you are going to want WAYNE’S WORLD 2.


Wayne's World 2


DVD reviews are Copyright 2001 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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