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The Adventures Of Super Dave
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted March 4, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Although "The Extreme Adventures Of Super Dave" isn't something I'd recommend, there were actually a few points where I laughed mildly. The film, which sat on the shelf for over a year before heading to video, is simply a wrong choice to even make in the first place. First off, Super Dave was kind of funny as a character, but few people probably even remember him - I hardly remember the last time his show aired on TV. The second point is that if you thought some skits from "Saturday Night Live" were stretched thin to make TV movies, you have yet to see really thin. I could hardly believe this movie was able to pull 91 minutes.

If you don't remember who Super Dave was, he was that stuntman comic who appeared on TV every so often(what was that, 5...10 years ago?), and he couldn't get things right. Things would fall on him, he would fall off of things, you get the idea. The "plot" involves Super failing at his latest attempt to pull off a big stunt, and deciding to go into retirement. Dan Hedaya("Dick", "The Usual Suspects") stars as Dave's evil promoter and Gia Carides("Austin Powers 2") stars as a cute mother who Dave becomes friends with. Of course, in the end Super Dave has to return to stunts in the end to save the day, but by this point I didn't(and I doubt anyone else who watches this) care too much. None of it is terribly funny, and Super Dave isn't exactly of the best actors.

MGM actually has given "Super Dave" an anamorphic transfer in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. While not the best the studio has done, it's certainly of passable quality, with images remaining adequately sharp throughout. Colors are pleasant as well, and look vibrant throughout. The occasional mark on the print used is noticable, but not distracting. In terms of audio, there isn't a whole lot to go with. Aside from the occasional use of the surrounds, every time Dave gets crushed by a large object comes through clearly. The only problem I had with the audio was that dialogue seemed poorly dubbed at times.

The disc isn't too super in the extras department. I know everyone is dissapointed that there's no Super Dave commentary, but oh well. While watching it, I couldn't help but wonder what MGM was thinking to actually put money into this movie. Then I found out exactly how much money this film cost. $15 million. $15 million on a Super Dave movie...that goes directly to video. Hollywood is a really, really strange place.

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