Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL Reviewed on 3/8/2010...
Directed by, then, unknown director Tim Burton, this movie was an INSTANT classic in my household back in the 80s and I STILL quote it quite a bit. Now with this great DVD edition from WB which includes commentaries & deleted scenes, I can share this movie with my kids (9 & 5) & they too LOVE it & will ask me every few days to see it again (especially my 5 year old daughter). A funny & enjoyable film for fans of ALL ages...just be sure & tell 'em LARGE MARGE sent ya...he hee heeeeeeee!
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A GREAT Film, But A Bit of a Disappointing DVD...
Brian Jay Jones | Damascus, MD USA | 05/09/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Tim Burton's directoral debut is so chock full of interesting bits and vision that a running commentary by Burton and creator/star Paul Reubens should have resulted in one of the best alternate tracks available on DVD. Unfortunately, their commentary becomes instead The Mutual Admiration Society, with long stories about how they came across each other, how great each thinks the other is, and who else was in the room when they met. Reubens and Burton spend too much time telling stories that ramble and don't go anywhere, and too little time commenting on the film itself.When they DO manage to discuss the film, they are as interesting as you would expect, but these instances are few and far between. Burton for the most part sounds like he just woke up, and Reubens spends a lot of the film saying, "Uh-huh, yeah." It's also rather appalling that Reubens can hardly bring himself to say the name of fellow screenwriter Phil Hartman (Reubens early on says "me and the other two guys who wrote the film...") -- in fact, you won't hear him mention Hartman by name until the very end of the film when Hartman makes his cameo.Some gentle prodding during the taping of this sequence would have produced something that I think more fans were looking for and expecting.Like some other reviewers, I too couldn't find some of the knick-knacks promised in the pre-release. However, the one real prize on this disc is the alternate track isolating the music, with commentary by Danny Elfman. Elfman's insights into the film and its music are first-rate, and while I'm pleased Elfman does NOT talk over his music, it might have made it even more interesting had he discussed some of the nuances of his work while the tracks were playing.The film quality on the DVD is top-notch, and the menu screens are clever (when you make a selection, Pee-wee goes speeding over to the new menu on his bike). The film itself is brilliant -- no need on my part to give you a summary -- and the widescreen format and new sound for this film alone would make the DVD worth owning. But with the exception of the Elfman alternative track, many of the first-rate extras viewers are coming to expect in these packages are, sadly, missing here.Five stars for the film itself, but a low two for the extras, bringing this one to a soft three. Darn it."
Pity the poor fool who don't buy this DVD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pee-wee's Big Adventure is undoubtedly one of the funniest movies ever made. From the Rube Goldberg-esque breakfast machine to the Hollywood re-make of PW's life story, the laughs do not stop from start to finish. For months, I counted the days till the release of this DVD, and (with the exception of the cheesy cardboard "snap case") Warner Bros. has certainly done it right this time! The anamorphic widescreen picture is perfect; Danny Elfman's excellent score sounds incredible in Dolby digital stereo; and the extras exceeded my highest expectations. There's a commentary track with Paul Reubens (Pee-wee himself) and director Tim Burton; a music-only track with commentary by composer, Danny Elfman (timed so as not to interfere with the music); and a compilation of story boards and sketches with yet a third commentary by the production designer! In the deleted scenes, you'll learn the origin of "Amazing Larry", meet Boone the Bear, and see Pee-wee fling that (red) boomerang bowtie he bought at the magic shop. This is a disc you'll watch over and over again. Order it now...and be sure and tell `em Large Marge sent ya!"
A one-of-a-kind, organically conceived masterpiece
Brian Jay Jones | 07/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Leonard Maltin's just saying what he's supposed to say about a movie like this -- it's a skit stretched thin -- because that's what we've come to expect from the sorry run of the SNL mill turning hot characters into all-but-unwatchable films to make a quick buck. This is different. Just how different becomes clear upon repeat viewings. *Pee-Wee* is packed with liberatingly amusing incident. The film has its share of gags, but it's no *Airplane*-esque joke-a-thon -- the humor is character-driven, and the characters themselves (there's a lot more to this tale than Pee-Wee) are so marvelously strange yet at home in the odd America Burton et. al. have fashioned for them that the whole gloriously artificial enterprise takes on the air of an alternate pop-culture universe into which we are allowed to peer. It's as though everyone connected with the project were running on their own loopy fumes; see it once, and you'll want to breathe that rarified atmosphere again and again."
Take note, Danny Elfman fans!
rkass | Boston, MA | 05/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of Danny Elfman since his "Forbidden Zone" and Oingo Boingo days, I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting commentary Elfman provides between his compositions on the isolated audio track.I, like many others, was very disappointed that not all of the originally-advertised extras were included on the DVD, but based on the overall quality of the released product, I still feel it earns "five stars"."
Danny | South Philly | 07/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pee-Wee's famous laugh still manages to crack me up more than most things which people consider to be funny. Before the whole scandal surrounding Paul Reubens' public... err, display, he was entertaining kids all around the globe with his saturday morning show, "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." That show was a gem in it's own right, but this is Pee-Wee at his most childish, naive best. The plot is as follows - a weird man-boy loses his bike and goes on a cross country road trip desperately trying to recover it. It's dumb, but it works. This is a simple movie which finds enough room for outrageous situations (the most crazy one being the studio lot chase). I mean, where else are you going to see Godzilla ride in a sleigh with Santa Claus? From start to finish, the film is quite a kick and can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. By never taking itself seriously, it does what it's supposed to do: entetain.This was Tim Burton's debut studio film. While not quite as dark as his later efforts, he still manages to include some pretty bizarre and scary sequences (Large Marge and Pee-Wee's nightmares about his bike). But in some ways, this is an ultimate Burton flick. There are colorful backdrops which coincide with Danny Elfman's weird scoring, like Edward Scissorhands, and it blends splendidly. And, like Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice, no matter how dark it gets, you still get the impression that it's a very high-spirited movie. I don't know about the rest of you, but I think this is one of Tim Burton's crowning achievments. The DVD is also pretty good, considering it was distributed by Warner Bros. If you've never seen "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" before, you know you're in for some madcap antics once the main menu pops up and you witness Pee-Wee fly back and fourth on his bike, laughing hysterically. Special features include two commentaries, deleted scenes, storyboards, cast & crew bios and a theatrical trailer. This is a great DVD to buy, and if you grew up with Pee-Wee, get ready to be magically whisked back to your childhood. I had a smile on my face for the entire length of the movie."I pity the fool who doesn't eat my cereal! Ha-ha! Heheheheheh...""