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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Bachelor Party
Bachelor Party
Fox
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 18, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"Bachelor Party" isn't much different from all of the other teen comedies of the 80's, except for the fact that the lead actor, tom hanks, has gone on to become TOM HANKS. Hanks stars as Rick Gassko, a young man who's ending the life of bachelorhood and getting married to Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). His friends decide to throw him the king of all bachelor parties - strippers, the works.

Ah, but as with nearly all pictures of this genre, the parents are opposed to their daughter, who's from a rich family, getting married to a school-bus driver. The remainder of the picture has all manner of raunchy humor and that whole love-will-conquer all message as we know Rich and Debbie will get together even though her parents are against it all.

The film is occasionally rather funny at times, but the movie's look is pretty dated at this point, from the fashions to the big hair-styles of the actresses. Performances aren't bad, and they're really the only thing that elevates the picture from the mere teen comedy to something, well, not enormously better, but still entertaining.


The DVD

VIDEO: Shock of all shocks, "Bachelor Party" looks suprisingly good after all these years. Presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, sharpness and detail are generally good, if not occasionally very good. The picture looks crisp, well-defined and suprisingly fresh - although there are a couple of instances of softness, they're relatively very minor. There's been editions of some of the other low-budget 80's teen comedies on disc recently, and none of them has looked nearly as good as this one.

Although the picture appeared crisp and well-defined, it wasn't without a few minor flaws, but mainly due to age. A couple of instances of grain and a minor mark or speckle on the print used do appear at times throughout the movie, but for a movie that's 17 years old, I expected much worse. I didn't spot any instances of pixelation or shimmering, either.

Colors appeared natural and still fairly strong, but a tad bit faded during a moment or two. Overall, this isn't without some problems due to age, but I was still pretty impressed with how good most of it looked.

SOUND: The film is presented in Dolby 4.0, but certainly doesn't provide much in the way of creative sound use - not that I was expected any from a comedy made during the 80's. The sound is a mix of two elements - the 80's pop score and dialogue; in terms of quality, neither sounded particularly great, with the dialogue especially sounding rather thin at times. Still, certainly listenable and generally gets the job done, although with a film like this, there's not much for the sound to do in the first place.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with recipe notecards serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS:

Behind-The-Scenes: There are three very short featurettes that were done around the time of the production - "Behind The Scenes", "An American Tradition" and "Where The Men Play". None of these are really that interesting, but they're amusing in the rather corny way they go about promoting the picture. Interviews with the actors are included, but with a film like "Bachelor Party", they're simply re-stating the plot.

Also: The film's theatrical trailer and three short interview clips with Hanks.


Final Thoughts: "Bachelor Party" provides a funny early performance from Hanks and a few good laughs, but there's some slow moments. Fox's DVD provides suprisingly decent video quality and decent audio quality with only a few minimal extras.

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