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Revenge of the Nerds

by Tony Pinizzotto
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Tuesday May 20, 2014
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It’s been 30 years since the theatrical release of 20th Century fox’s release of "Revenge of the Nerds," now available on Blu-ray. "Revenge of the Nerds" is an uproarious lampoon of college life when "nerds" Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis (Robert Carradine) are rejected by every fraternity on campus and the football jocks attempt to eliminate them. In a turn of events the nerds learn that paybacks can be the sweetest of all revenges.

"Revenge of the Nerds" is a film that will always be remembered for its humor and honesty. As almost a kinder, sweeter "Animal House," it’s essentially the 80s film version of bullying in schools, and the little guys’ plight to rise above their oppressors.

Its cast reads like a who’s who of acting and comedy; Anthony Edwards, Robert Carradine, James Cromwell (billed as Jamie Cromwell), John Goodman, Timothy Busfield, Ted McGinley, and Curtis Armstrong as "Booger." Young, charming, and cute, these characters would make the queer nerd-loving type of today’s heart skip a beat.

"Young, charming, and cute, these characters would make the queer nerd-loving type of today’s heart skip a beat."

The new Blu-ray comes with several extras, including a nice little 2005 documentary, "I’m A Nerd, and I’m Pretty Proud of It." It’s great to see these actors share their stories about the making of the film on the Arizona Campus, their creative process as a "family," and Larry B. Scott’s flamboyantly gay character "Lamar Latrell." (Lamar was humorously stereotypical, but openly accepted by his nerd frat brothers.)

Other extras include; Director and Actor Commentary, Deleted Scenes, a Trailer, and what has to be one of the worst unaired TV pilots -- "Revenge of the Nerds" sitcom starring Rob Stone ("Mr. Belvedere") and Robbie Rist ("The Brady Bunch’s" cousin Oliver.)

Fans of the film, who don’t own the movie on DVD will want to add this to their library if they have a Blu-ray player. The Blu-ray and its extras show barely a difference at all based on previous DVD releases of "Revenge of the Nerds." However, the film is beautifully transferred and looks great in Blu-ray format. I fondly remember seeing this film with my high school chums in the 80s, and it still holds up today. It’s not only an honest film, but also a funny and poignant comment on acceptance.

A native of the South Jersey/Philadelphia area Tony Pinizzotto holds a BA in Speech Communications, with a double major in Theatre Arts, and a minor in vocal performance from Rowan University, NJ. Pinizzotto began his career in Chicago, writing in Marketing and Promotions for numerous TV/Film/Theatrical companies including; ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Weigel Broadcasting Co., Paramount Studios, and LarsErik Films; and was a co-founder of Chicago’s critically acclaimed Close Call Theatre. Pinizzotto currently works as a Actor/Writer/Producer in Los Angeles. In his spare time Tony collects vintage classic motion pictures on 16mm film, Hollywood ephemera, and 60s Polynesian Tiki memorabilia. He is a member of The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and The Los Angeles Conservancy, preserving the art, history, and restoration of vintage LA movie palaces. Pinizzotto also writes for his classic film blog WTFCinema.blogspot.com and is the leading biographer for 50s character actor Jules Munshin. Tony Pinizzotto currently lives with his Domestic Partner of 18 years, and their puppy Tiddly.

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