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Astronomy 101 (1984)

Director: Stephen Chiodo W.D. Richter Mel Brooks     Starring: Brooks,Mel
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204687040
UPC: 027616083418
UPC 14: 00027616083418
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College Essentials.
This College Essentials DVD collection includes three films fit for scholars and slackers alike. Astronomy 101 focuses on adventuring into the great beyond with the films SPACEBALLS, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI, and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE!

SPACEBALLS: The farce is with you in this hilarious space oddity that'll send you into hyperspace with fits of laughter from comic genius Mel Brooks! Lampooning everything from Star Wars to Planet of the Apes, this is an "uproarious salute to science fiction" (The Hollywood Reporter)!

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI: Buckle up and blast into comic orbit with this nervy, offbeat and very funny film! Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow and Jeff Goldblum together with Ellen Barkin and Christopher Lloyd, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI is "a howl" (Variety)!

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE: Finally the truth about clowns is out! Beneath their sinister grin and wildly patterned clothes are clever killers from out of this world. KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE strips away the painted faces to unmask horrifying monsters with the ultimate human death plan!

"[Adventures] An offbeat movie with a gee-whiz approach to popular culture.  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"[Spaceballs] ...has the happy air of a comic enterprise that knows it's going right. It just keeps spritzing the gags at us...  Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"[Killer] A sinister three-ring circus of sneaky gore!  L.A. Weekly
"[Spaceballs] Screamingly funny!  Los Angeles Times
"[Killer] The name says it all, and the movie delivers.  Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"[Adventures] ...this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.  Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Editor's Note
Three outer-space themed films are included on this collection. The titles featured are THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI, SPACEBALLS, and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/14/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 286 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1984
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 108341
Video UPC UPC: 00027616083418
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.85:1/1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bill Pullman
Video Cast Info Christopher Titus
Video Cast Info Daphne Zuniga
Video Cast Info Ellen Barkin
Video Cast Info Grant Cramer
Video Cast Info Jeff Goldblum
Video Cast Info John Allen Nelson
Video Cast Info John Candy
Video Cast Info John Lithgow
Video Cast Info Peter Weller
Video Cast Info Rick Moranis
Video Cast Info Suzanne Snyder
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - [Spaceballs] Director
Video Cast Info Stephen Chiodo - [Killer] Director
Video Cast Info W.D. Richter - [Adventures] Director

Professional Reviews

Variety 7 of 10
[Adventures] The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai plays more like an experimental film than a Hollywood production aimed at a mass audience. It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own...First-time director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch have created a comic book world chock full of references, images, pseudo scientific ideas and plain mumbo jumbo...Buried within all this Banzai trivia is an indecipherable plot involving a modern band of Robin Hoods who go to battle with enemy aliens released accidentally from the eighth dimension as a result of Buckaroo's experiments with particle physics...Buckaroo is a world-class neurosurgeon, physicist, race car driver and, with his band of merry pranksters, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, a rock'n'roll star...As the great one (Buckaroo), Peter Weller presents a moving target that is tough to hit. Also very funny is Jeff Goldblum, coming as if from another dimension as every mother's Jewish son. Ellen Barkin does a turn as Buckaroo's mysterious girlfriend and looks great but is another emotionless character.

Arrow In The Head 9 of 10
[Killer] If you think that the cheeky title promises a campy all around B-movie fun, freaking time, then you're absolutely on the money. This flick is the KING of 80's B-movies and it delivers the tacky goods by the truckloads. The movie is fairly simple. Klowns land on earth, Klowns kill humans in ways a Klown should: creatively and with a dash of humor. I loved the film's simplicity, giggled at its wild imagination and appreciated the high energy level that drove it all...Overall, "Killer Klowns" is a wild romp that puts its money where it counts (in the effects, they look great!) and then relies on imagination and crazy ideas to make it all work. Every "Circus/Clown" theme is slapped in here and turned into some kind of murderous gag. Clocking in at an hour and twenty-six minutes, the film never gets boring or redundant and always entertains. The Chiodo brothers clearly had a blast making this film and you feel that positive energy comes through the screen..."Killer Klowns From Outer Space" lives up to its title. It's unique and all its elements (the look, the sets, the makeup, the music, the bad acting) come together wonderfully to offer us one of the best "so cheesy, it's awesome" horror dessert.

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
[Spaceballs] Did Mel Brooks make "Spaceballs" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Star Wars" saga? Last month we celebrated the first decade of George Lucas's great entertainment, and now here is Brooks's satire, complete with Dark Helmet and Pizza the Hutt...I enjoyed a lot of the movie, but I kept thinking I was at a revival. The strangest thing about "Spaceballs" is that it should have been made several years ago, before our appetite for "Star Wars" satires had been completely exhausted...The movie's dialogue is constructed out of funny names, puns and old jokes. Sometimes it's painfully juvenile. But there are some great visual gags in the movie, and the best is Pizza the Hutt, a creature who roars and cajoles while cheese melts off its forehead and big hunks of pepperoni slide down its jowls...Brooks got his start as a writer for Sid Caesar, and sometimes he still seems to be writing for early 1950s television. He is smarter than his films, and sometimes that translates into a feeling that he underestimates his audiences. He is potentially a great comedy director. In 1987, he shouldn't be making "Star Wars" satires. May the Schwartz help him to realize his potential, already. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brooks,Mel
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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