1984 seems lie so long ago doesn’t it? It was the age of the prep versus the dork and it was echoed in so many films of the time, some of them have become classics. One of them, Revenge of the Nerds has been remastered and released on high definition blu-ray.
Now, for those of you not alive in 1984, put on your purple sunglasses and get ready for a fun treat. Picture a time before The Big Bang Theory… Before Judd Apatow… A time when being a nerd wasn’t cool. Before there was comic con, if you were a nerd you were a complete zero.
In Revenge of the Nerds, best friends Gilbert Lowe (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) are two guys you wouldn’t look twice at. They have glasses, are geeky and while they didn’t get the girls, they did get the brains. They are true friends and have both been accepted into Adams College.
It’s a big deal for both of them and after getting dropped off on campus by Lewis’ father, their lives are about to change, or so they think. Immediately they run into a local frat, Alpha Beta, which counts all the football players and meatheads as it’s members. They dislike Lewis and Gilbert so much, it becomes their mission to make their lives miserable.
During one of their huge parties, Alpha Beta ends up burning down it’s frat house and then convinces the dean of the college to let them displace all the freshmen students so they can take over the dorms. Stay with me. All the straggler students are sent to live in the gym, and eventually they all form a bond.
Lewis then finds a run down house and decides to try and get a new frat chapter in motion, one for all the misfits who don’t fit in anywhere else. No one will sponsor them until an all black fraternity, Lambda Lambda Lambda, steps up and lets them become the Adams University chapter.
Then the jocks hatred of the nerds really starts and a series of crazy events ensues, including a finale that’s so much fun one can’t help but crack a smile when thinking back on it.
It’s easy to dismiss the comedies of the 1980s, they are broad, outlandish, and over the top… But that’s why they are also awesome. They go all the way and are not afraid to try and nail the big joke, plus in the case with Revenge of the Nerds, they have so much heart, you can’t help but love these guys! You root for them to succeed and really end up caring about them in the end.
The performances are awesome, who knew that Dr. Green from E/R (a barely recognizable Anthony Edwards) had such a flair for comedy? Robert Carradine is also perfect as Lewis, it’s the friendship of Gilbert and Lewis that is the heart of the film and when solidifies all the friendships that these guys make.
Revenge of the Nerds arrives remastered for blu-ray. If you’re a fan of the film, you have to pick this edition up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the film look this good. The colors are vivid and especially the reds pop off of the screen. It has a really good contrast, and considering the age and the time period when it was shot the details are really good. There is some grain the film, mainly due to the age of the print I would imagine.
This edition includes an awesome commentary track by Jeff Kanew, Robert Carridine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong, a featurette titled I’m a Nerd and I’m Pretty Proud of It, this is a nice making of segment with some interviews with the cast and crew. There are deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and The Revenge of the Nerds TV series pilot which was shot in 1991, which basically condenses the plot of the movie into 22 minutes.
Overall, I have to tell you I love this movie. It’s quintessential 1980’s fun and while there are spots where the humor is a bit dated, it’s still a fun look back at how great the 1980’s were. The cast is top notch and this is a perfect movie to watch while hanging with your friends on movie night. I couldn’t recommend it more!
Revenge of the Nerds is out now on blu-ray!
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