Airheads
Fox // PG-13 // $19.98 // October 2, 2001
Review by Earl Cressey | posted October 5, 2001
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Airheads

Movie:
Airheads, originally released in 1994, was directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers, Truth About Cats & Dogs). The film stars: Brendan Fraser (Chazz), Steve Buscemi (Rex), and Adam Sandler (Pip), with Chris Farley, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, David Arquette, Judd Nelson, Joe Mantegna and Michael Richards in supporting roles.

Chazz, Rex, and Pip, are collectively known as the 'Lone Rangers,' a luckless and dimwitted metal band who only want to have their song heard. To this end, they decide to go to KPPX and ask the DJ to play their song on the radio. However, things aren't that easy, as neither the DJ nor the station manager will air it. Determined, Rex brings out a very real looking gun (but in actuality, a water pistol) and the band decides to take the station hostage and force them to play the song. But mishap after mishap prevents this, and the police soon arrive and seal off the building. Now the 'Lone Rangers' must find a way to play their song before the cops haul them off to jail.

Airheads is a fairly funny movie that mainly succeeds due to the performances of both the leads and the supporting actors. Though a few jokes fall a bit flat, the movie is mostly entertaining throughout it's ninety minute running time.

Picture:
Airheads is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is enhanced for widescreen TVs. The print used is in extremely good condition, with only a few small specks appearing throughout. The transfer is also free from both pixelation and edge enhancement. Colors are bold, vibrant, and well-saturated throughout, with natural flesh tones and solid blacks.

Sound:
Airheads is presented in Dolby 4.0 Surround in English and Dolby 2.0 Surround in English and French. The 4.0 track has little in the way of surround effects, as the film is mainly dialogue driven. However, the surrounds are put to good use for the film's music, which sounds terrific and has great presence. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with no distortion that I could detect. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

Extras:
The main extra on the disc is the "Airheads Special Report," which is a promotional featurette in the guise of a news report. Running slightly over fourteen minutes in length, the featurette does have some new in-character interviews with the cast, a brief interview with Lehmann, and a few glimpses behind the scenes. While not terribly informative, it is rather amusing.

Next up are two music videos: "Born To Raise Hell" by ICE-T, Whitfield Crane and Motorhead, and "Feed The Gods" by White Zombie. Also on the disc are two TV Spots (US and International) as well as trailers for this film, The Scout, Bedazzled, and Monkeybone.

Summary:
Airheads is a decent comedy that receives a great presentation and a low MSRP from Fox, and despite the lack of extras, fans should definitely consider a purchase. Newcomers should give the film a look if they're a fan of Fraser, Buscemi, and/or Sandler. Recommended.



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