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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Widescreen)
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Some of the cinematographic "errors" I remember from the original theatrical version were cropped out of previous DVD releases.
As a kid, I remember seeing Pee-Wee pulling the super-long chain out of the bike's storage compartment that would never fit in real life, but originally the film shot was composed in a way so you could see the long chain entering the compartment through an opening in the bottom. Like the DVD versions, this version DOES crop that shot so you can't see below the bike compartment where the extra chain is being fed.
On the other hand, in the scene where Pee-Wee is falling asleep driving at night where the road signs keep warning about twistier and twistier curves ahead, I remember seeing the dolly track for these signs in the bottom of the shots when I saw the movie in the '80s. Again, I noticed the DVD versions cropped this out or digitally erased the views of the track. This Blu-ray version actually left those "mistakes" in the shots of the signs. I was happy to see this, because I hate seeing movies altered from the way they were released. I'm a big fan of keeping movies original--mistakes or not.
When they DO manage to discuss the film, they are as interesting as you would expect, but these instances are few and far between. Burton for the most part sounds like he just woke up, and Reubens spends a lot of the film saying, "Uh-huh, yeah."
It's also rather appalling that Reubens can hardly bring himself to say the name of fellow screenwriter Phil Hartman (Reubens early on says "me and the other two guys who wrote the film...") -- in fact, you won't hear him mention Hartman by name until the very end of the film when Hartman makes his cameo.
Some gentle prodding during the taping of this sequence would have produced something that I think more fans were looking for and expecting.
Like some other reviewers, I too couldn't find some of the knick-knacks promised in the pre-release. However, the one real prize on this disc is the alternate track isolating the music, with commentary by Danny Elfman. Elfman's insights into the film and its music are first-rate, and while I'm pleased Elfman does NOT talk over his music, it might have made it even more interesting had he discussed some of the nuances of his work while the tracks were playing.Read more ›
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This movie and Pee Wee are so ridiculous that they are hilarious. Gotta love this movie.Published 11 days ago by JayTee
This movie created its own genre and for that reason I give it 5 stars . A masterpiece like,I dare say ,Sunset Boulevard. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Joel
Classic dvd you need to own. Pee Wee at his finest. Waaay to many fantastic lines in this movie, you won't be disappointed!Published 1 month ago by richieo
It is a very entertaining movie. The kids and the kid in me love it.Published 1 month ago by betsy klein
Just as good as I remembered! Watched with my son and he loved it, although I covered his eyes for "Large Marge" because she scared me as a kid! :)Published 1 month ago by Miranda