Wayne's World 2 (1993) 
Blu-ray Comedy
Written by Noah Fleming   
Monday, 11 May 2009

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There's isn't much left to say about "Wayne's World 2" after seeing "Wayne's World."  While the films don't follow the same premise as the original like other sequels, such as "Into the Blue" and "Into the Blue 2."  Critics didn't care much for the sequel, but I happened to thoroughly enjoy it.  Sure it was dumb, but at least it isn't trying to be something different.

The sequel was released just one year after the original, making it one of the soonest following sequels in history.  The entire cast returns, minus Rob Lowe's Benjamin character.  Taking his place is record producer, Bobby (Christopher Walken).

Now that Wayne has helped Cassandra get a record deal, she is off with Bobby an majority of the time.  Meanwhile, Wayne and Garth are just hanging around trying to decide what to do with the rest of their lives.  That is essentially the base of the film.

When Wayne is visited in a dream by rock legend Jim Morrison, he sets out on a journey.  Morrison informed him that he must put on a concert.  Wayne and Garth head to London to make contact with legendary tour promoter, Del Preston (Ralph Brown).  The team begin their journey to put on the greatest rock concert Aurora has ever seen.

While Del is training the groupies to run the show, Wayne and Garth attempt to promote the tour and book the bands.  As Wayne struggles with this task, he also becomes jealous of Bobby.  Thinking that Cassandra is cheating on him he breaks up with her.  This leaves Cassandra free to travel with Bobby to promote her new album.  Along the way the pair apparently become an item, but only because she needs a green card.

When Wayne realizes that he wants Cassandra back he finds out that she is getting married to Bobby.  In the middle of a dilemma, as apparently Morrison has now informed Wayne that none of the bands will be showing up, Wayne takes off to get Cassandra back.  This is when the movie spoofs on "The Graduate," everything from the red Porsche to the Presbyterian churches to the glass banging.  Of course everything works out for our couple and gang in the end.  Wayne gets the girl and Aerosmith shows up to perform at Waynestock.

Being released just a year later, the film is preserved in much the same manner as the original.  The Blu-ray boasts an MPEG-4 AVC transfer.  The colors remain accurate but are not really vibrant enough for my tastes and for the genre of film.  The black levels are stable but not deep and rich.  Film grain is not clearly visible due to the noise reduction.  The noise reduction is not as apparent as in the first "Wayne's World" Blu-ray transfer.  This leaves the details slightly more intact, but not by much.  Dust and dirt is prevalent at all times and is super distracting.  Overall, the image is superior to that of the standard DVD and will be suitable for fans.

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1.  Like the video, the audio of "Wayne's World 2" is much the same as its predecessor.  This audio track has much LFE punch, especially during the spoof on "Jurassic Park."  The surround channels are also a bit more active than the original film as well.  Still, the audio track lacks a complete enveloping film.  Although, the Aerosmith concert tracks are quite lively.  Dynamics are also slightly improved over the original film and the frequency response is quite level.  The dialogue is clean and clear, anchored in the center channel.  The overdubs between Wayne and Cassandra's father is quite impressive.  The dialogue is much noticeably warmer and richer.  There are slight upgrades in the lossless audio track over the original Dolby Digital track.  The differences are not major and will most likely go unnoticed by the majority of listeners.

The second "Wayne's World" film contains even fewer bonus materials than the original film.  There is a director's audio commentary.  Once again, there is no commentary with any of the actors.  The only other bonus feature is a section of exclusive cast and crew interviews.  That's it.

"Wayne's World 2" is not a brilliant film by any means, but it is fairly entertaining.  I would recommend it to any comedy film fans out there.  Mike Myers is just hilarious and Dana Carvey has a more animated role in the sequel.  The video and audio are much the same as the original film, but do offer some slight enhancements.  If you are picking up the first Wayne's World, then you may as well just go ahead and get the sequel as well.
Studio Paramount Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating PG-13
Starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Christopher Walken, Chris Farley, Ralph Brown, James Hong, Rip Taylor, Kim Basinger, Steven Tyler, Lee Tergesen, Heather Locklear, Drew Barrymore
Director Stephen Surjik
Film Release Year 1993
Release Year 2009
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 480i (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Running Time 1 hr. 34 mins.
Sound Formats English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 5.1 • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English SDH • English • French • Portuguese • Spanish
Special Features Director Audio Commentary; "Wayne's World 2 Extreme Close-Up: Exclusive Cast and Crew Interviews"
Forum Link http://www.avrev.com/forum
Reviewer Noah Fleming

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