Beavis And Butt-Head Do America: The Edition That Doesn’t Suck

DVD Reviews | By on Sep 30th, 2006

Starring Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Robert Stack, Cloris Leachman, Greg Kinnear, David Letterman
Written By: Mike Judge, Joe Stillman
Directed By: Mike Judge, Yvette Kaplan
Studio: Paramount
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I loved the Beavis and Butt-Head TV series, and did happen to see the movie when it was released in theaters. I liked the film a lot back then but haven’t seen the film for at least 5 years now. After seeing it again, I’m not sure how well it holds up for multiple viewings but it’s still a great DVD to own if you liked the movie.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is about 2 idiot teenagers who giggle their asses off, slack off, whack off in an old guy’s trailers and play frog baseball. One day they wake up with their beloved TV stolen and they are heartbroken & quite pissed off. They can’t sit around and watch MTV anymore & make fun of music videos. They decide to go find the TV and encounter some murderer with a deadly virus, and his deadly vixenish wife too. The TV becomes a side note because they think they are going to score with the murderer’s wife, and they have to get to Washington DC to meet up with her. While on their journey, they have a FBI agent after them, thinking they are the murdering smugglers trying to infect America. The agent is very fond of having his suspects cavity searched, thoroughly. Will the FBI catch the two butt holes, will they get killed by the murderous couple, will Butt-Head and the mighty Cornholio save the world, or will they ever find their beloved TV?

After seeing Beavis and Butt-Head again, I didn’t like it as much as I used to. It’s still funny and there are a lot of good moments but I just don’t know if the movie holds up after 10 years. It might be that i’m just older now but I can’t remember if I liked the movie back when it came out. I think I always preferred the duo making fun of videos and being in short animated cartoons than a featured length. The one scene that I always didn’t like was the trippy Rob Zombie sequence. While it looked cool, it just didn’t really fit in the movie. Mile Judge thought the same thing as well and said there was pressure from MTV to have some sort of music video in the film so he approached Rob Zombie. Speaking of music, the soundtrack was really good and still like hearing Red Hot Chili Peppers “Love Roller Coaster” and Rancid and the Slackers doing “I Wanna Riot.”

At the time, this show was outrageous and controversial, but now it seems a little tame compared to shows like Family Guy and South Park. But I think it did pave the path for those type of cartoon shows. I still crack up at Cornholio but it does take it too far in the movie. Gets to be a little annoying but I still can’t help putting my shirt up on my head and talking like the great Cornholio. I love the opening sequence where Beavis and Butt-Head are like Godzilla and Mothra fighting it out in a city. It’s a nice way to start a movie and shows the audience that this movie isn’t on the small screen anymore (if that makes any sense). I think the favorite part of the movie isn’t Beavis or Butt-head but Robert Stack’s cavity searched crazed FBI agent and all the scenes with him in it. I just giggle every time he says something about cavity searches.

Since this is a collector’s edition, the DVD is filled with some nice featurettes. There’s a featurette with Mike Judge and other people associated with the movie talking about the beginning of the production to the end of it. It was at the time, the most successful movie at the box office in December, ’til Titanic opened a year later. I never knew that David Letterman did the voice as Butt-Head’s dad, and that Bruce Willis did one of the voices as well. Every actor did the stuff separately, and the crew had to go to Bruce Willis’ house in Idaho to record his dialogue. Who the hell lives in Idaho these days! It’s a great featurette and covers a lot in 20+ minutes. “We’re Gonna Score” is pretty cool and features composer John Frizzell and Mike Judge. They discuss all the music in the film and how they approached certain scenes. Other extras include commentary with Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan, a montage on all the fighting and slapping that took place in the movie, TV spots, celebrity shorts and more!

If you never owned Beavis and Butt-Head Do America on DVD, now is a good time to get it. There are more extras than the original DVD and the film looks better than what it did. At least I think the DVD was cleaned up? It still looks a little bit grainy and dirty at times. I still like the movie, I just don’t think it’s as funny as it used to be.

Features:
Commentary by Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan
The Big Picture: A Retrospective Making-of Segment
We’re Gonna Score!: Composer John Frizzell and Mike Judge Detail the Use of Music in the Film
The Smackdown: A Montage of all of the Characters in the Movie Getting Slapped or Fighting
TV Spots
Celebrity Shorts
Teaser Trailers

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC

Video:
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Subtitles:
English

Favorite Scenes: The opening scene, all the scenes in the White House
Rating: NR
Running Time: 80 minutes
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