Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Curtis Armstrong, Brian Tochi, Ted McGinley, Bernie Casey, John Goodman
Written By: Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias
Directed By: Jeff Kanew
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Ah the days when it wasn’t cool to be a nerd. Revenge of the Nerds is another 80s comedy being re-released on Blu-Ray for its 30th anniversary. It’s a fun comedy and one of the few that’s a decent college comedy as well.
Revenge of the Nerds is about best friends and nerds Lewis (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) attending Adams College for computer science. They quickly realize how mistreated they get just for being nerds. Eventually they meet other nerd-like people & outcasts and create a new fraternity in a run-down house. Meanwhile, the jock fraternity Alpha Beta are doing everything they can to disrupt the lives of Lewis, Gilbert, Booger, Lamar and the rest of the nerds.
It’s been a few years since last seeing Revenge of the Nerds. The crappier sequel has been airing on cable lately so I’ve been watching that but it’s just not the same as the original. It’s a good example of having a good concept, something that was raunchy and rated R and then making a tamed, disappointing sequel. I can’t stand when that happens.
The movie still holds up well despite the really, really outdated computer jokes and references. What’s still relevant is how people treat other people because they are different and the bullying that takes place. That part of the movie will always be timeless. One thing that probably wouldn’t fly if this movie was made today, when Lewis tricks Betty into thinking he was Stan and has sex with him. Ummm yeah, the sequel would be Lewis in jail. I guess another thing that wouldn’t fly would be putting cameras in the Pi Delta Pi house while there was a panty raid going on. Wouldn’t it be funny if this movie was really a prequel to all the people that are currently at the NSA? This is a movie that doesn’t need all the nitpicking so I’ll just stop. It’s a funny movie regardless and one of the few college movies that’s great.
The special features include a making of, some deleted scenes, a TV pilot from 1991 and commentary. I wanted to listen to the commentary to this but since I haven’t seen the movie in awhile, I’ll listen to it some other time. I also didn’t bother to watch the pilot because I’m sure it was too cringey to watch all of it. It’s bad enough they made 2 more made for TV sequels. *shudders* If you don’t own Revenge of the Nerds on Blu-Ray, be sure to get it because the quality is a lot better than DVD (obviously).
I’m a Nerd, and I’m Pretty Proud of it
Revenge of the Nerds TV pilot
English DTS-HD Master audio 1.0
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
French Dolby Digital 1.0
English SDH*, Spanish
Bottom Line: Revenge of the Nerds is a bit dated but still very funny!
Running Time: 90 mins