Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is by far one of my favorite time travel movies of all time, it’s a close second to “Back to the Future”. For those of you that haven’t seen this flick yet, I suggest you check it out. Made in 1989, Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves respectively, are just two normal guys having a hard time in their history class. With threats of military school looming over their heads, which would break up their band, The Wyld Stallyns, the two must pass their big history report in order to save the band, and in some respects the world. Yep, you heard that right, Wyld Stallyns are the glue that brings the whole world together in the future, and the possibility of the band breaking up causes enough worry in the future that they have to send Rufus back in time in order to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Rufus, played by the late, great, George Carlin, goes back in time, in a time-traveling phone booth, in order to help the guys with their history report. Traveling through time to pick up different historical figures and expose them to the world of modern San Dimas, California, becomes their plan. But with only a day until the report is due, they need to hurry up. Obviously things don’t go 100 percent as planned, because if they did the movie would be extremely boring. The plot is pretty simple, there’s no real twists and turns, other than when the antenna breaks on the phonebook. It’s just a simple, fun-to-watch flick that still holds up to multiple viewings today. I actually had just gone back and watched my DVD copy of this not that long ago, but when the blu-ray showed up to review I had no problems watching it again.
I actually saw an interview with a scientist, of some sort, earlier this year who was asked what movie most accurately portrays time-travel. And while the most obvious answer might be “Back to the Future”, he actually said it was “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. Now that’s obviously not saying that this is what would happen if you traveled back in time and stole a bunch of people from history times, but it’s more realistic than the fact that going back in time and interacting with your parents would somehow negate the fact that you ever existed. Time travel movies are usually a good time, especially when not taken too seriously. So definitely check out this flick if you haven’t yet and if you’re a huge fan of the movie I would suggest the upgrade for visual quality alone.
The audio and video on this blu-ray disc are pristine. No artifacting, no blocking, the picture looks great throughout. There aren’t too many dark scenes, so no need to worry about issues there, and the black levels are spot on. I have absolutely no issues with the video or the audio on this disc. The terrible guitar playing and enjoyable air-guitar riffs are clear as day. The vocal mix is spot on and I really have nothing bad to say about this, technically speaking… however I am kind of disappointed in the special features.
The special features aren’t anything we haven’t seen before on the 2005 collection. An interview with the writers gives a little more incite into their creative process in coming up with the characters, which is still interesting to check out if you haven’t seen it before. There is a quick air guitar lesson which is nothing special and then 1 episode of the Bill & Ted animated series, which is fun to watch, but again, nothing new.
If you were expecting some new special features, or something to compliment your 2005 box set collection, this is not it. If you just love Bill & Ted so much that you need to see the movie itself in beautiful HD quality, then by all means pick this one up. I’ve already watched it twice since receiving our review copy and I’m sure there are plenty more viewings in my future.