Director: Mike Judge
Cast: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore (VOICES)
Release Date: December 7, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Widely praised as the end of civilization as we know it, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA follows the brainless pair as they set off on a nacho-fueled road trip to find their stolen TV and score with some hot chicks. Along the way, the metal-head morons become entangled with one nefarious character after another, eventually ending up stranded in the desert and hallucinating in a mind-altering sequence based on and including artwork by musician and artist Rob Zombie.
Please Note: Paramount Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The animated feature film ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ sends our favorite dimwitted duo on the journey of a lifetime after their quiet life of watching television and being a local nuisance is thrown for a loop when they awaken at home one day to discover that their beloved television set has been stolen. Deciding that there has to be somewhere to watch their favorite programming they head out in search of a set to veg out in front of only to be thrust into a dangerous pair of assassination attempts that will take them all the way to the White House and make them two of the most wanted men in America; if only they actually had a clue what was going on around them.
Initially making its theatrical debut in 1996 at the height of the animated show’s popularity on MTV, the animated feature film ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ now makes its debut on Blu-ray for the first time twenty-five years later. It’s somewhat hard to believe that it’s been two and half decades since I watched this on the big screen and as a teenager in that time it probably won’t come as much of a surprise that I was definitely a fan of the series and this film was a memorable event in its own right. Even two and a half decades later there is still quite a bit to love about it from the big scope of the story that took these two nitwits further from their couch than ever before but still managed to make it feel organic to the characters, down to the dedicated federal agent who can’t cross paths with anyone without ordering cavity searches all around. For those of you that appreciate the stupid simplicity and carefree fun of these lovable morons and enjoyed the film upon its release, its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray will probably be something special itself. Easily offering the best quality ever available at home for the animated film, fans who want this one in their high definition collection will definitely want to consider picking up a copy of this new Blu-ray release.
Overall, ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ comes home on Blu-ray at last from Paramount Home Entertainment, featuring the beloved duo’s big-screen animated adventure on disc in high definition with altogether pretty solid high definition video and audio presentations of the film itself, along with some fun previously released extras and a redeemable digital code. Now fans can relive all of the delightfully stupid and hilarious, vulgar fun with your favorite slackers in the best quality the film has seen yet in celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary. While the quality may not be reference level, it still looks and sounds quite great and is a definite improvement over previous format releases such as the DVD. For anyone who would like to physically the film on Blu-ray and might be considering a purchase. it is recommended; especially if you can pick it up at the right price.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great for the most part and albeit slightly imperfect at times still makes a notable and welcome improvement to the DVD. Aside from a few splotches and mild imperfections present on occasion it delivers a fairly clean, smooth and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that’s rich with grain and other welcome artifacts representative of its source. It holds up quite capably even during the fast moving and heavily populated moments throughout and never results in any unexpected problems or faults arising along the way. Overall, this is a very nice high definition video presentation from Paramount that should satisfy the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack does a great job of contributing to the onscreen fun and provides a clean, crisp and at times surprisingly immersive audio presentation throughout. It consistently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send some action and vehicle effects, along with crowd noise and bits of dialogue, plus plenty more throughout the various speakers when appropriate, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously, all of which remains clean and fully audible every step of the way. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that does its job well and should not disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ includes a number of enjoyable extras, the majority if not all of which were released previously in some form or another. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary by Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan’, in addition to the Behind the Scenes Featurettes ‘The Big Picture’ (running approximately 23 minutes in length) and ‘We’re Gonna Score! Scoring Beavis and Butt-Head Do America’ (running approximately 11 minutes). Also included is ‘The Smackdown’ which is basically a montage of all the slaps, smashing and related tidbits from the movie (approximately 2 minutes). A collection of ‘MTV News Celebrity Shorts’ are also included on the release featuring ‘Jennifer Tilly’, ‘Steve Buscemi’ and Snoop Dogg’ (approximately 1 minute apiece), along with ‘2 Teaser Trailers’ (1 minute combined) and ’12 TV Spots’ (6 minutes altogether) for the film.
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Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Beavis And Butt-Head Do America’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray for the First Time from Paramount Home Entertainment
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