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5 Stars for Movie, only 3 for DVD, here's why....
on April 14, 2008
I don't need to review this movie in detail, it's a classic for me, I love it, grew up with it, etc etc. I just thought I should mention a flaw I noticed with the DVD release and that is that an entire line/joke from the movie seems to have been cut out from the DVD.
In the scene when Pauly Shore and Sean Astin are taching Link to defend himself, wrestle, karate, etc. Link picks Pauly Shore up over his shoulders, spins him around a few times and drops him hard on the floor. When this happens Pauly Shore is SUPPOSED to go "owww, my pancreas." When this movie came out and was popular that was one of the really funny and memorable lines in the movie that people would go around repeating. It helped make Pauly Shore a big star in the 90's with his Weasil Lingo. However, it seems that in the DVD the "owww, my pancreas" was just taken out of the film entirely, not dubbed over or anything, just gone, and I can't imagine why because it wasn't vulgar or inappropriate in any way. It was just funny, and in a comedy movie those things are kind of important.
I'd be curious to know from anyone else who knows the movie well and has a copy of the DVD if that line is missing from their copy as well.
It might not seem like THAT big of a deal, but trust me, it sucks the humor right out of the scene. That line was the big pay-off of that scene, and was funny and popular enough to turn into sort of a catch phrase in the early 90's. So watching the movie and noticing that is kind of a disappointment, which is why I have to take a couple of stars away from the DVD. There is a short making-of kind of featurette from 1991 with a few of the big cast members in it, which for a fan, still makes owning the DVD worth it at a low price, along with having it in Widescreen, but if I'm being honest, when viewing the movie itself, I tend to just watch my old VHS copy, because it's 100% complete, no missing material.
Thought that people who really love this movie should know. If you're just a casual viewer, you probably won't mind this little flaw.