Bill and Ted’s most excellent first adventure has hit on 4K Ultra HD, but how does it shape up? Is it most triumphant, or most heinous?
The story: Lovable doofuses Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan are flunking history, badly. In order to pass, and stave off military school for one half of the duo, they need to get an A+ on their end-of-year history report. As luck would have it, their band, Wyld Stallyns, is key to the future harmony of the world, according to a dude with slick shades who lobs in a phone booth claiming to be from the future. Who are Bill and Ted to argue? Cue a bunch of time travelling shenanigans in order to collect historical specimens – in the form of actual historical figures – to be part of that final presentation.
While a couple of gags really don’t fly nowadays, otherwise things remain decidedly good humored, quite charming, and still often wonderfully silly/funny. Zig-gy Pig-gy!
“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”
The 4K disc: StudioCanal’s excellent habit of revisiting movies that you may not expect to be given the remastered 4K treatment and injecting new life continues. The native transfer afforded our friends Bill and Ted is exemplary, especially considering the film’s age and lack of original budget. Detail is a fair improvement over that of the standard Blu-ray, with fine, non-intrusive grain and much benefit to colour via the application of Dolby Vision HDR. Definitely one for the “most triumphant” side of the ledger.
The news is a tad more bogus for the audio though. No way? Yes way. A perfectly non-egregious DTS-HD Master Aduio 2.0 mix is what we get – there have been no visits to the marvels of DTS:X or Dolby Atmos here, dudes. So, yes it’s true to the original, and it certainly doesn’t suck, but we’d have loved to have heard things spread out over more channels, and with more bass.
Back to excellent news, there are bountiful bodacious bonus features.The 4K disc packs two commentaries – one with Bil- erm, Alex Winter and producer Scott Kroopf, the other with writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Pop in the bonus standard Blu-ray and you’ll find an hour-long doco, a bunch of featurettes – including an interview with Steve Vai and an air guitar lesson – an episode of the Bill & Ted cartoon series, radio spots and stills. Outstanding!
Release date: October 28, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.