Ernest Goes to Camp / Ernest Goes to Jail
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Two theatrical hit comedies starring the lovable Jim Varney with all-new high-definition film transfers! Ernest Goes to Camp features everyone s favorite pitchman Ernest P. Worrell as he stars in his first feature film as the bumbling handyman at Kamp Kikakee who is given a chance to finally be a counselor to a group of juvenile delinquents.
Ernest Goes to Jail bring back the affable bank janitor Ernest P. Worrell is called to jury duty and soon finds himself in trouble when the lookalike defendant s attorney arranges a switch and has Ernest sent to prison in his client s place.
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The people of Mill Creek Entertainment (the company that now owns the rights to the Ernest Franchise with the exception of Ernest Saves Christmas, still owned by Disney) have done a stellar remastering of the films. Ernest Goes to Camp is presented as it was when it came out on DVD in its original scop widescreen presentation of 2.35:1 but on BluRay, the colors and sound have been given a complete overhaul. It truly is like watching a film released in theaters only yesterday. You have the option of viewing the film with either Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround, and newly created Dolby True HD sound. The music is crystal clear (I LOVE the composition Brave Hearts performed by Gary Chapman), the picture is incredibly vibrant (the opening shot of the moon is truly beautiful and shots at the camp are bright enough to make it feel like it really is Summer), and while there may be no extras included, the fact that the company took the time to go through each frame and remaster is for the ultimate home viewing experience is an amazing honor for one of the most recognizable characters of the 80s. Jim Varney (may he Rest in Peace) would be pleased.
Moving on to Ernest Goes To Jail, the newest treat for fans of this one (it's my personal favorite in the Ernest franchise and I was lucky enough to see it in the theater back in 1990 when I was 6 years old!) is that for the first time, it is presented in its WIDESCREEN presentation of 1.85:1. Definitely a big reason for me to smile when I watched it! The picture is also presented in 16:9 format so it fits perfectly to widescreen TVs. Another great picture and sound presentation here right from its innovative opening sequence which relies heavily on a light blue background. It's a flawless presentation, really. The remastering process is at work again as the blue background is bright and alive. While many scenes take place on interior soundstages, there's still a wonderful presentation to enjoy. Many scenes that take place in the actual jail appear a bit darker, but are often illuminated by what looks like blacklights or floodlights using gels. The sound is once again reverberated in the ultimate way. Ernest Goes to Jail is in the basic sense of the word, louder than Ernest Goes to Camp. There are gunshots, doors slamming, electric crackles, and explosions. All more extreme with the Dolby True HD sound. Not that it's a bad thing! I was once again enjoying watching the film as it made me feel like I was right back in that theater when I first saw it in 1990! It really made me smile.
Alas, there are still no other bonuses for this film, and it would have been nice to see the famous deleted scenes integrated into Ernest Goes to Jail when it was shown on NBC in the Summer of 1994. I was fortunate enough to tape that presentation and I still have the VHS back home in a box somewhere!
The bottom line, this is easily one of the most inexpensive BluRay titles available right now that gives you 2 movies all on 1 disc and as I mentioned earlier, if you are an Ernest fan like me (I've seen them all and I even went so far as to purchase Hey Vern, It's Ernest! The Complete Series on DVD, track down the VHS tapes Ernest's Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2 on Ebay, the Ernest Book of Knawledge, and am currently working on creating an Unofficial Ernest Soundtrack), then you should definitely consider adding this to your collection. It is a stunning tribute to an amazing talented man and his love for goofiness.
RIP Jim Varney and long live the legacy of Ernest P. Worrell!
The clumsy handyman (played, by the late, ever appealing Jim Varney) gets a job as a counselor for delinquent kids who are having trouble fitting in with the more privileged lot. Through pain and pranks he manages to build their confidence. A very tacked-on subplot about an evil businessman wanting scam the Indian camp owner in order to mine the area into oblivion builds to a moderately entertaining climax as Ernest and the kids revolt.
It reminded me a lot of Meatballs and Bushwhacked (both better films) and while it's shot for the big screen (in lovely anamorphic Panavision) John Cherry still directs like it's for TV, and clearly should have done more takes and rehearsals. I doubt kids will notice or care, but it gives the film the rushed feel of a TV production.
Worth watching, if only just once.
As for Ernest goes to Jail, this time he is called up for jury duty where the crook on trial realizes that he's a doppleganger for his incarcerated boss. After a convoluted switch Ernest if behind bars while his evil counterpart Nash is working night security at the bank, planning to rob it and make moves on Ernest's girl.
It's a familiar plot, and the production values are not that great (what's with all the pink lighting in jail?) but Jim Varney's mugging and the story's eccentric imagination make it a fun watch. It's a tighter movie than Camp though, which I felt was a bit of a false start to his big screen adventures.
It's hard to believe Varney was only 40 at the time of filming, and that he'd only live another 10 years. As crass as the Ernest movies might be they are a constant reminder of an actor who's abilities were wide, but never got the recognition he deserved.
Camp is presented in 2.35:1 1080p while Jail is only 1.78:1 1080p, which lessens the production value. Both still look great and are presented in Dolby 2.0 with zero extras.
I thought Earnest Goes to Jail was the better of these two
because it was very funny from start to finish.I have always
liked Jim Varney in these movies of his,but the way he was
in this movie was great and the one to have the idea of this
entire movie did a great gob.
Ernest Goes to Camp was not that bad,i thought it would of
been a little better,maybe because this one was not centered
on him but spent some time on people going to the camp and
people working at the camp.
Glad to have these 2 movies and hope to find more of ERNEST