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Zapped!

3.6 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews

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Scott Baio, Willie Aames. When a hormone-ravaged teenage nerd acquires special telekinetic powers, just imagine all the fun he can have. 1982/color/98 min/R.

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When high-school science nerd Barney Springboro develops the power to move objects with his mind, he immediately uses it to burst the buttons on a busty cheerleader's fuzzy pink sweater. Welcome to Zapped!, a classic example of teen sex comedies from the 1980s (such as Porky's, Private Resort, Revenge of the Nerds), combining awkward adolescent romance with a breast obsession that is somehow both leering and innocent. There's not much plot to speak of: Barney (one-time teen heartthrob Scott Baio) uses his powers to win a baseball game, get back at his oppressive parents (who try to have him exorcised), and help his best pal Peyton (Willie Aames, Eight is Enough) get laid with the aforementioned busty cheerleader (buxom blonde Heather Thomas, The Fall Guy). Along the way there are peculiar fantasy sequences about Star Trek and Einstein, as well as a strangely drawn-out subplot about the school principal (Robert Mandan, Soap) placing a personal ad. Zapped! is sprinkled with nudity and four-letter words, but what's even more striking is how the budding relationship between Barney and would-be reporter Bernadette (Felice Schachter, The Facts of Life) feels genuine and sincere--far moreso than the plastic, prefabricated romance of contemporary teen comedy. In fact, up until the berserk prom sequence when Barney goes into a weird, horndog-Carrie frenzy of telekinetic clothing removal, Zapped! is surprisingly sweet and will provide a dose of warm nostalgia for guys who grew up watching these movies. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Felice Schachter, Scatman Crothers
  • Directors: Robert J. Rosenthal
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010AN7XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A Kid's Review on September 6, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I don't know why critics are so hard on this movie, sure Zapped may not be a movie that you could picture getting an Oscar for best picture but I still think it is a good movie and I have a lot of fun watching it and I think Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Felice Schatcher and Heather Thomas all are good, there is nudity in this movie but only briefly and anyone who says that there is no nudity probably saw it edited on TV, I have the movie unedited on video and there is indeed brief nudity especially near the end of the movie during the dance, I am rating this cute, funny movie a 5 and I wish it would get onto a wide-screen DVD. Don't listen to the arty farty critics, they are a bunch of snobs who wouldn't know a fun enjoyable movie it it came up and bit them on their butts!
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Critics are generally not very nice to movies like this one. I guess THEY didn't grow up watching this kind of stuff and don't have those fond memories (which explains the 4 stars). The night me and my family got cable tv in the early 80s (first ones in the neighborhood) this hilarious flick was on. Nudity on the boob tube was still something new to us. So Zapped! was just about the coolest naughty movie I'd ever seen. Watching it now is still a delight! Just silly non-sense...but awfully fun! The young lady from The Facts of Life tv show is great (and looks like my niece). Baio may be a little TOO nerdy, but he and Aames are believable friends. Plus, anything with Scatman Crothers (The Shining, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Twilight Zone: The Movie) is worth seeing. This could be the 1982 equivalent of movies like American Pie. Just leave your brain at the door, pop this in the machine and you'll find much to enjoy on a lazy saturday afternoon. Try a triple feature with Sixteen Candles and Just One of The Guys (or Weird Science and The Breakfast Club).
NOTES: The sign outside the music store says "8 Tracks". I feel so OLD!! Speaking of, there are at least 2 terrific songs on the soundtrack, "Got to believe in Magic", "King and Queen of Hearts", etc. Worth the price alone.
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Zapped has always been one of my favorite movies from the 80s. One of the reasons I love Blu-ray so much is because it can give movies new life and Zapped is a perfect example.

I had the DVD since release and it was never "wow" in terms of PQ. The Blu-ray is an incredible step upward. Given the age of the movie, it is never going to look like it was made yesterday, but I was really impressed by the over picture quality. The picture is anamorphic so it fills the full screen. I did not notice any picture artifacts, dust, scratches, pops, etc. This is a very clean print although a bit on the soft side. The only problem I noticed was a scene where the camera switched between Barny and Bernadette where Barny looks a bit yellowish. It was distracting, but thankfully a short scene. There is a minor grain field which does not distract and never intrudes on the viewing experience. If you are a fan of Zapped, this is a must have upgrade in terms of PQ, but please don't pay Amazon's ridiculous $30 price for it, especially since the pre-order price was only $13.99.

I can't really provide an adequate review of the Audio as I watched it on my 2.1 system. It is not a very sound effect heavy movie, but I did have to turn up the volume kind of high, however I am using small speakers on that setup. Dialog was clear and sounds effects and music did not overpower.
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OK so it's a cheesy Disney-esque spoof but it's also a lot of fun. Psychic Baio enjoys himself by exacting revenge on school bullies and cheats at baseball. Heather Thomas shines as the snobby,nasty prom queen. Worth seeing for the glorious moment when Baio wipes that smug grin off her face and strips her in front of the entire school. The look on her face as it dawns on her she's staring at the entire school dressed in just her stockings and garters is priceless! Go see it NOW!
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A different time , a different place probably contributed to the PC society we have today, glad I was a preteen or teen when these came out.
. Like, Up the Creek, Porky's, Losing it, Last American Virgin, Private School .......
early 80's coming of age gold. T&A, weed comedy held barely together bye a high school plot.
Scat-man Caruthers cameo, take it for what it is, not a Breakfast club comedy.
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Format: DVD
During the eventual Prom scene in nearly all high school movies, there is a song that lyrically defines the film's thrust. It's fitting that the song for this film contains the words golden memories, because that is essentially what caused me to rewatch Zapped after nearly three decades.

Scott Baio and Willy Aames star in this theatrical - if it actually was shown in theaters - version of Charles in Charge. Expect tight shorts, mediocre acting, a few great boob shots (gorgeous Heather Thomas), forty-somethings playing teenagers, and completely implausible screenwriting unchallenged explicitly because it was the 80s.

Watch it to reminisce, but don't expect too much.
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Format: Blu-ray
I grew up watching this movie on TV so often that I have every line memorized and really can't be objective about how it holds up. It's a sweet, corny teen flick that could have qualified as a movie-of-the-week if not for the occasional flash of nudity. But what I can be objective about is the quality of the blu-ray... and I'm utterly blown away by the clarity. The opening credits end with a scene at a school pep rally, and you can clearly the see details of faces in the crowd. Shots with overlaid credits/FX don't fare quite as well - but they're still a significant upgrade over MGM's old DVD. Not much has been done to improve the audio, which is probably a good thing - it's accurate for the movie/time, and too often they screw things up with 5.1 remixes. The chapter stops also leave much to be desired, as huge chunks of the movie are lumped together in 8 chapters. As is standard for Olive Films' releases, there's not an extra to be found anywhere on the disc, which is thoroughly disappointing given the movie's cult status. However, despite the lack of extras, if you're a fan it's worth upgrading because you'll see details you've never seen before in this remarkable HD transfer.
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