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Weird Science - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2

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Wyatt Donnelly and Gary Wallace are two regular high school nerds struggling with unpopularity, a serious dating drought, and the endless torment of Wyatt s older brother Chett. They use their computer skills to create their dream girl, Lisa, whose supermodel good looks and super-genius brain are overshadowed only by her extraordinary power to grant the boys whatever they desire. But Lisa often takes the boys wishes a bit too literally, and things don t always turn out quite as planned.

From the first bolt of inspiration through their high-tech attempts at wish fulfillment in dating, sports, and popularity, WEIRD SCIENCE is a comical look at Wyatt and Gary s uproarious misadventures, and at what happens when high school gets reinvented.

Based on the classic John Hughes film of the same name, every episode of the first two seasons of this hilarious hit science-fiction series is collected here for the first time on DVD.

DVD Features: Audio Commentary on She s Alive and The Bazooka Boys with Cast Members Vanessa Angel, John Mallory Asher, Audio Commentary on She s Alive: and The Most Dangerous Wish by Michael Manasseri; Trivia Quiz; Cast Biographies

Based on John Hughes' popular teen science-fiction comedy of the same name, the Weird Science series took the film's premise--two socially inept high schoolers use technology to create their own fantasy woman--and took it to outlandish ends over the course of its four-year run. The show toned down the original feature's raunchier aspects--though ravishing in her wardrobe, dream girl Lisa (played by Vanessa Angel) hewed closer to Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie than vampish Kelly LeBrock)--and the boys (John Mallory Asher and Michael Manaserri in the Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith roles, respectively) play more as good-natured goofs than hormonally charged nerds. Much of the show's humor came from Lisa's ability to grant the guys' wishes, which invariably went awry (spots on the basketball team in "Airball Kings" lead to a disastrous season; Manaserri accidentally becomes the Commander-in-Chief in "Mr. President"; Lisa's clones of the boys--made from bubble gum--want to replace them permanently in "The Bazooka Boys"), though Lee Tergesen (later of Oz) earned plenty as Wyatt's thick-skulled brother Chett. Though the fashion and music scream early '90s, the show's breezy, silly gags have largely remained fresh, which should please its longtime fans. All 23 episodes of the first two seasons are retained in this four-disc box set; Asher and Angel are also on hand to lend commentary to three episodes, including the pilot, "She's Alive," "Bazooka Boys," and "The Most Dangerous Wish" (Lisa brings a video game villain to life). A trivia quiz and cast biographies round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary by cast members on three episodes
  • Trivia quiz
  • Cast biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Brittney Powell, Joyce Bulifant, Melanie Chartoff, Jeff Doucette, Richard Fancy
  • Directors: Max Tash, David Grossman (III), Alan Cross, Michael Lange, Ron Ames
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WGYM92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Weird Science - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2" on IMDb

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By Brian Markowski on February 12, 2008
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In 1985, when film director John Huges made a slapstick teen comedy about two sex obsessed teens who used a computer(?) to create a very real perfect woman, audiences politely said "No thank you". In fact "Weird Science" is one of Huges' least appreciated films. Today the film has a small devoted audience but in 1994, for some reason, USA network decided to invest in the Weird Science franchised and bring the lack luster movie to the small screen. The result was "Weird Science" the TV show which, after a somewhat bumpy start, surpassed the movie in a few surprising ways.

Huges had based his movie version more on the Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein films. Producers Tom Spezialy and Alan Cross wisely decide to base the TV series on a more recent classic..."I Dream of Jennie". The Lisa character became much more like an ecentric genie whoes wishes didn't always go as planned. The roles of Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly were teen versions of Major Healy and Major Nelson respectfully. Wyatt's sadistic older brother Chett (played by the brillant Lee Tergesen of "OZ" fame) took the brunt of many of Lisa's antics as did Principal Scampi, both actors taking a liking to the franzeled Doctor Belows character.

After a few akward and somewhat uncomfoiratable episodes were Gary and Wyatt "create" Lisa then try hitting on her consistenly, the show settles down into a more user friendly "wish of the week" formate. The show is still far more sexual than "I dream of Jennie" ever was (we see a little more than Lisa's belly button) and is not really appropraite for kids under 13 since Gary and Wyatt often wish for attention from the opposite sex. As the show moved into the second season less empasis was put on sex and more on crazy antics, also Lee Tergesen takes on a stronger role.
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I'm going to be honest. I bought this simply because I had some extra cash burning a hole in my pocket. I had never seen this show before, I was only familiar with one actress in the regular cast, Vanessa Angel played Freya on SG1, and I don't usually like the Bewitched type of show this was. Namely that a beautiful woman can alter time and space by will alone and yet never seems to get the spells she casts right. However I was pleasently shocked by the fairly clever jokes, the descent graphics and the genuine, be careful what you wish for, story. I will admit that these episodes do get a little formulaic, most of the episodes are: horny, dumb friend makes a horny, dumb wish, the beautiful woman grants the wish, and the good, honorable friend gets them both out of the cosequences. Still the stories are good enough to justify it. Actually this reminded me sharply of Bedazzled. If you like that movie you should like this and vice-versa. For those of you hoping for an overall story arc I must say that there is none. They are all stand alones. And if you are in high school, or just out this will be much funnier and more relevent to you, but anyone who has lived through that horror will be able to relate. Lastly on the adult level, let me say it this way. If I Dream of Jeannie was the equivalent of a k-mart lingerie catalog then this is victoria secret. Nothing vile or completely over the edge of taste but it is a lot closer to that line.
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I was a fan of the TV series Weird Science (based on the movie) back when it first aired on USA network in the Mid-90s. I recently re-watched it on Hulu.

The premise was this. Two teenage boys use a 1990s PC (Don't laugh!) to try to create a perfect woman. Lightning strikes while they are trying to make this creation and somehow it creates / summons an actual (magical) Genie that resides in their computer much like Aladdin's lamp.

The two boys each put their own ideals into her so she is both beautiful and witty and intelligent and kind. But she is no submissive servant for them. Instead she uses each wish they make (which is always only temporary) to subtly teach them an important life lesson. And as the series goes on the boys slowly grow as people.

Though it was a teen friendly sitcom you actually saw the two boys evolve as people. Even Chett (the bully older brother of one of the boys) starts to become a decent person and even gains moments of selflessness and love as the show goes on.

It was a surprising gem for a show that originally aired on USA Network at ten PM (Right before Duck Man) on Saturday Nights. As a kid I would watch Are you Afraid of the Dark on Nickelodeon's Saturday Night block of programming (Snick) and then switch over the USA Network when that was over for Weird Science.

Weird Science was something that caught my attention as someone who loved Aladdin and Frankenstein (and it made many references to Frankenstein). I was / am also a huge fan of Danny Elfman. Danny Elfman wrote the title track for Weird Science back when he was the front man for the band Oingo Boingo.

Each episode felt fun, felt good and left me with an "up" feeling.
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I highly recommend this show, Im so glad its getting the DVD release it deserves! Although I love the original john hughes weird science, I actually enjoyed this show alot more. Each episode involves a different unique scenerio that keeps the show fresh through out the whole series. They stopped showing reruns on TV awhile ago, and I could watch reruns all day of this, im glad that soon I will be able to do that. If you like the movie, you will love this show...PICK IT UP!!!
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