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              Bill & Ted’s

Most Excellent Collection             review by Bobby Blakey

In the late 80s there are few characters as memorable as Bill & Ted. I remember seeing Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in theaters and laughing my butt off. In 1991 the popularity of the film spawned the much deserved sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The film was met with mixed reviews, but nonetheless has become a favorite as well. Now Shout Factory has brought the two films together for fans with Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure follows the small town of San Dimas, where there are two nearly brain dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan who  have a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns". Unfortunately, they are still in high school and on the verge of failing out of their school as well, and if they do not pass their upcoming history report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So, a man from the future named Rufus came to help them pass their report. So, both Bill and Ted decided to gather up historical figures which they need for their report. They are hoping that this will help them pass their report so they can stay together. This is a silly film, but somehow manages to work on pretty much every level. While this film came first a good description is like Beavis and Butthead have come to life. The ridiculous nature of the whole thing just has a simple charm that will make you laugh and love these characters. Reeves and Winter are most excellent in these rolls with not only the voices, but the body language they bring to them. They are memorable characters that have become beloved pop culture icons in their own right and much deserved. It is always fun when seeing a film like this being reminded the amount of quotable lines are in it and finding yourself quoting right along with it.

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey follows the world of our distant future that is a veritable utopia, thanks to the lyrics of two simple-minded 20th Century rock and rollers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan. However, a would-be conquerer threatens to throw history off-track by sending "most non-non-heinous" evil robot Bill and Teds back to kill their good counterparts. Finding themselves dead, the boys must outwit the Grim Reaper and traverse Heaven and Hell to return to the land of the living, rescue their "babes" and have a "most triumphant" concert at the all-important Battle of the Bands. The second entry into the franchise is pretty hit and miss with numerous funny moments, but often times so out there it loses its charm. The overall premise right out of the gate is silly and they never bother to try and make you believe anything other than this is going to be a ridiculous good time right down to the wacky futuristic outfits. There are some aspects that make this one just as fun as the original, but the over the top nature makes it more of an acquired taste. No matter what you think of the film overall there is no denying that Williams Sadler’s Grim Reaper is hilarious to watch throughout.

As if getting these two films together wasn’t already most excellent, Shout Factory has also released an exclusive limited edition that also includes an exclusive 8” Rufus NECA figure, lithograph, stickers, and a guitar pick that you can order directly from Shout Factory while supplies last. The standard collection includes the two stickers and a variety of bonus content that takes you further behind their righteous adventure including new commentaries, new documentaries and so much more. Sure to grab your copy of Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection available now from Shout Factory.

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