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Bio Dome
MGM // PG-13 // April 16, 2002
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 13, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"Bio Dome" is the best of Pauly Shore's films, in my opinion. That's certainly not saying very much, but this particular Shore outing remains the one that approaches being slightly entertaining, mainly thanks to its original concept. Shore stars as Bud, a do-nothing loser who hangs out with friend Doyle (Stephen Baldwin). Their girlfriends (Joey Adams and Teresa Hill) finally come to the realization that they're idiots and decide to take off.

In the middle of nowhere, they see a giant glass building that they mistake for a shopping mall. Since Doyle has to go the bathroom, they sneak in past a security guard. What they don't realize is that what they think is a mall is actually a bio-dome, a bio-sphere where a team of scientists are about to be locked away for a year to study the plant life inside.

Of course, the two crash (and trash) the place, not interacting very well with the scientists inside. After they feel badly about wrecking the place, they decide to help rebuild to try and convince themselves and their girlfriends that they can be better people and not such morons.

I've rarely found Shore to be that funny in the past, but he's actually decently funny when paired with Baldwin, who's amusing, as well. None of the other supporting cast really makes an impression. "Bio Dome" certainly isn't a laugh-riot, but it's ridiculousness occasionally works well enough to get a few chuckles.


The DVD

VIDEO: MGM presents "Bio-Dome" in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture quality is a bit better than average for an MGM catalog title. Although there are some moments of slight softness on occasion, the picture remained crisp and well-defined throughout the majority of the film. Very few problems arose - a couple of specks and some light grain were visible, but no pixelation or edge enhancement were seen. Colors remained natural and nicely presented throughout, if not particularly bold or vivid.

SOUND: "Bio Dome" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The film's soundtrack suffers from "comedy soundtrack-itis". While I certainly wasn't expecting much from the sound on a film like this one, the surrounds could have picked up at least some light ambience during the scenes in the bio-dome. The rear speakers remain quiet or extremely subtle throughout, with even the alternative-rock soundtrack sticking firmly in the front speakers.

MENUS: Essentially the cover art all over again.

EXTRAS: Just the trailer.

Final Thoughts: "Bio Dome" is a ridiculous and stupid comedy that nonetheless manages to generate some silly laughs on occasion. MGM's DVD offers the film with fairly good audio/video, but little in the way of supplements.

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