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4K Ultra HD Review: Wayne’s World: 30th Anniversary Edition

November 21, 2022

By John Corrado

Following a SteelBook Blu-ray release back in February, Paramount Home Entertainment is now releasing the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World for the first time on 4K Ultra HD in honour of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey star as Wayne and Garth, slacker hosts of the public-access TV show Wayne’s World, who go up against the big shot TV producer Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe) as he tries to take over their show, while Wayne pines after local rockstar Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere).

Directed by Penelope Spheeris, this is a classic comedy that remains one of the best movie spinoffs from Saturday Night Live, filled with so many quotable lines and classic moments (head-banging in the car to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a cameo by – “we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy” – Alice Cooper, etc.) that are always fun to revisit.

The 2160p 4K presentation with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision offers good image quality, with some nice definition and colours (especially during the “product placement” scene). The 4K edition also notably restores the original audio of Wayne playing the actual first few notes of “Stairway to Heaven” in the music store scene, which had been changed in previous editions due to losing the song rights (“no Stairway – denied!”). While fans who already purchased the SteelBook Blu-ray at the beginning of the year will have to decide if it’s worth double-dipping so soon (and the lack of new bonus features might be a deterrent), this is a pretty solid upgrade.

For more on the film itself, you can read my review of the Blu-ray right here.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The 4K disc includes the same three bonus features (a commentary track, featurette, and trailer) as prior releases. A code for a digital copy is also included in the package, which ships with a shiny slipcover.

• Commentary with Director Penelope Spheeris

• Extreme Close-Up (23 minutes, 14 seconds): Spheeris, Myers, Carvey, Carerre, Lowe, and producer Lorne Michaels reflect on developing the characters, shooting the film, and how much fun they all had on set in this enjoyable vintage featurette.

• Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes, 6 seconds)

Wayne’s World: 30th Anniversary Edition) is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 94 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: November 15th, 2022

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