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The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai (2001)
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Published: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2001
Edition:  Special ed
Description:  1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN/ISSN: 0792848985, 9780792848981, 6306669078,
Language:  English


Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984

Special features: new anamorphic transfer; alternate opening; Buckaroo Banzai declassified documentary; deleted scene archives; character profiles; teaser trailer

Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd

Buckaroo Banzai's latest experiments have opened the door to the 8th dimension--and have unwittingly begun an interstellar battle for the world

Rated PG

DVD, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1

In English and French with English, French and Spanish subtitles

Closed-captioned

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Blast from the past!


This 1984 cult comedy/adventure flick is one glorious mess of a movie. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is a brilliantly implausible hero: neurosurgeon, particle physicist, engineering whiz, rock star and all-around-great-and-sensitive-guy. He's just broken the inter-dimensional barrier by driving his jet car right through a mountain and into the eighth dimension, but in doing so, he's opened a  rift that might allow a long-banished alien villain, John Whorfin, to return to his home, Planet Ten.  To keep that from happening, the denizens of Planet Ten are set to destroy the earth if Banzai can't stop Whorfin, who, since a 1938 mishap, has occupied the body and mind of the now-demented Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow). Banzai, along with his collaborators/sidekicks/backing band, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, set out to save the day, with a little help from a young kid and his dad from Grovers Mill, NJ (there's a "War of the Worlds" connection). Weller's the star, but Lithgow steals the show as Lizardo/Whorfin, playing it way past "over the top." There are dozens of quotable moments ("No matter where you go, there you are.") and lots of odd little asides that never get explained (look for the watermelon!). The movie was always intended to be a comic book, and it's best enjoyed as if it is one.

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