- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2016

Acclaimed director Richard Linklater recently offered movie audiences a nostalgia trip back to 1980 in a collegiate coming-of-age film.

Everybody Wants Some!! (Paramount Home Entertainment, Rated R, $39.99, 117 minutes) arrives on Blu-ray to give old-timers a chance to now meticulously peruse the detail afforded this 1980s snapshot of pop culture and laugh at the student shenanigans occurring in an institution of higher learning.

Specifically, the story captures a roughly four-day time span before fall semester starts at a Texas college, highlighting its scrappy baseball team.

New and returning old players must learn to live together in a crappy group house off-campus while they raunchily ogle and love female co-eds and perfect group camaraderie over getting drunk, stoned and playing an occasional game of foosball.

Looking a bit like it was shot on film in the 1980s, the full screen (1.85:1-aspect ratio) digital transfer is crisp, yet colors are a bit faded.



However, viewers will stop the movie at many points to simply marvel at antiques, including a waterbed, paisley dress shirts, cut-off jeans, a bottle of Schlitz beer, a Bally KISS pinball machine, a Mattel “Classic Baseball” handheld video game, a “Space Invaders” arcade machine, and a really ugly orange Gremlin and a gorgeous blue Oldsmobile 442 muscle car.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack requires a mandatory volume boost through one’s sound system to appreciate the eclectic vintage soundtrack from the era.

Songs include The Knack’s “My Sharona,” Peaches & Herb’s “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” Foreigner’s “Urgent,” Eddie Rabbit’s “Drivin’ My Life Away,” Pink Floyd’s “Fearless,” Pete Townshend’s “Rough Boys,” Devo’s “Whip It” and, of course, Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some.”

Not as insanely hilarious as an “Animal House” and more a mild-mannered successor to Mr. Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” still delivers an amusing as well as surprisingly authentic look at a bygone era.

Extras won’t cement a purchase, but they are worth a look.

They offer a whopping 25 minutes of gags, deleted scenes and outtakes with the ensemble cast that deliver a window into the improvisation process of Mr. Linklater when working with his actors.

Also, the cast appears in a pair of short featurettes proving they could play baseball and, more importantly, learning how to line dance and disco.

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