Review by Leonard Norwitz
Theatrical: 20th Century Fox
Blu-ray: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Runtime: 83 min.
Size: 25 GB
Case: Locking Amaray Blu-ray case
Release date: August 26, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG2 @ 24.8 MBPS
English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio, French &
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Surround
English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese & Korean
• Theatrical Trailers in HD
"Dude, Where's My Car?" - the oft repeated line
from one of the silliest movies ever made has entered
the lexicon as a kind of catch phrase for duhness itself
– a movie that somehow manages to endear itself despite
a script where an unsuspecting phrase is repeated to the
point of meaninglessness. But how many of us have
actually watched this movie, which is a kind of Jesse &
Chester's Excellent Adventure by way of Plan 10 from
Outer Space? Could you ask for a more authoritative
pedigree! I'm confident Ed Woods himself would have been
Dude, Where's My Car? also answers certain historical
questions of moment, like: Why did Jennifer Garner need
an alias from the CIA after making this movie? And,
whatever happened to Kristy Swanson once she passed
along her stakes to Sarah Michelle? As for Seann William
Scott – what does one do after practically stealing the
movie while waiting for the sequellae to American Pie?
Of course, to some people, the most important question
is: What was there about Ashton Kutcher that caught
Demi's attention – the tattoo?
Potheads Jesse & Chester (aka: Sweet & Dude) wake up one
morning to find they have no memory of the night before.
They must have had the time of their lives, because they
always do. But as they retrace their steps they learn
that this particular night involved a suitcase full of
money, which they were seen to draw on and give away
liberally, and aliens from outer space.
The first number indicates a relative level of
excellence compared to other Blu-ray DVDs on a ten-point
scale. The second number places this image along the
full range of DVDs, including SD 480i.
Neat, crisp, sun-drenched, lots of pancake makeup. (Poor
Kristy was scarcely able to move her face.) The source
print appears to be in excellent condition. But DNR (?)
might be responsible for a certain waxiness to
complexions that might not be entirely due to makeup.
Audio & Music:
The idea of a DTS HD mix for a movie of this caliber
strikes me as major overkill, but I say, if properly
applied, why not! From the opening salvos of Dangerman's
"Listen to the Music" we know this is going to be fun
soundtrack, one that gets a better treatment than it
deserved. I wasn't aware of much happening in the
surrounds, but I wouldn't have expected anything either,
except maybe in the arcade, where it turned out there
was precious little. Dialogue is clear – heaven help
This Fox Blu-ray gets right to the main menu almost
before you return to your chair. But make sure you check
out the anti-smoking promo first – In this context it
has a touch of Reffer Madness about it. Once at the main
menu, and seeing as how there are no extra features to
speak of - just a few theatrical trailers in HD, it is
inexplicably unclear as to which function of the menu
has been clicked on, unless you access the menu from the
Four theatrical trailers in HD is all there is,
including one for the Dude.
If you are in just the right mind-set, Dude, Where's My
Car? can be a funny and entertaining movie. It certainly
looks and sounds good on Blu-ray. If you've never see it
before, Rent it first.
August 14, 2008