Wayne’s World 2, the 1993 follow up to the immensely popular Wayne’s World, has just been released on Blu-ray disc. If you’re questioning whether you want to make the upgrade to Blu-ray, the answer lies in how big of a Wayne’s World fan you are. There are a few notable pluses to the Blu-ray edition.
First of all, the picture looks great. The video is presented in 1080p high definition. It is crisp and clear and the color is bold and bright. The film probably has not looked this good since it appeared in theaters over fifteen years ago. The sound is also very good. It is presented in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD. In a movie featuring a rock music soundtrack and several scenes of musical performances the good sound quality is a definite plus. The dialogue is also very sharp and upfront. The sound particularly pops out during a scene where Wayne has a “traditional” movie kung fu fight with his girlfriend Cassandra’s (Tia Carrere) father.
The movie itself is fairly entertaining, though not as good as the first one. This time Wayne (Mike Meyers) and his buddy Garth (Dana Carvey) are attempting to put on a rock festival, Waynestock, in his hometown. Wayne’s entire motivation for the concert is to impress his girlfriend, who he fears will leave him for her record producer (Christopher Walken). In a dream sequence that parodies both The Doors and bizarrely Field of Dream, Jim Morrison tells Wayne that he should “put on a rock concert, and they will come.”
The movie is full of hits and misses as far as the jokes go. One of the hits is Wayne and Garth being stuck backstage at an Aerosmith concert in the un-cool crowd section. There are also some funny scenes of Garth attempting to romance the sexy Honey Horne’e (Kim Basinger). The misses include several lame parodies. Particularly pointless and out of place is a Jurassic Park parody where Wayne and Garth hear the stomping sounds of a T. rex.
What the movie suffers from most is the lack of the titular public access show Wayne are Garth are actually famous for. There is really only one scene of them doing the show. The cleverness of Wayne intelligently talking about subjects you wouldn’t think he would know anything about, such as politics, is missing. This movie is more about Wayne’s real world rather than Wayne’s World the public access show.
If you are inclined to buy the first Wayne’s World on Blu-ray, then there is certainly no harm in picking up this one as well. There disc, however, comes up a bit short. There is a commentary by director Stephen Surjik, and a fourteen minute featurette, “Extreme Close-up,” which features interviews with the cast and crew. Overall the movie is entertaining and any fan of the movies will probably want to add it to their collection.