This review is for the recent 4K Blu-ray release. I've been waiting for a decent release of this movie for some time. As soon as I saw it was coming out, I knew I had to get it.
The story follows a child science prodigy who, at the age of 14, is accepted to a prestigious university and placed on a research team with another former child prodigy to develop a new type of laser. Not only does the New Guy have to deal with the flamboyant eccentricities of his new roommate, but they both have to come to grips with the fact that their new laser is going to be used by the government as a new super weapon.
The movie is just fun to watch. It's very "80 's" and probably the most fun involves the elaborate pranks that the geniuses use to blow off steam. Val Kilmer really makes the movie with his quick wit and one-liners. All of the other actors do a great job too, but Kilmer is the selling point. Special effects are good too, although this isn't actually considered a Special Effects film. The best effect is the million dollar "prank" at the climax which I won't spoil here.
I rediscovered this film after the TV series "The Big Bang Theory" became popular. The only thing this movie and that series have in common is the love for science and nifty reactions, but I think people who love science will really enjoy this movie. Especially since they went to great pain to make all of the science in this movie as plausible as possible.
The 4K presentation is well done. I like how they cleaned up the space sequence at the beginning and took off the rough edges of the spacecraft. All of the special features are on the Blu-ray disc included in the package. Special features include Director's Commentary, deleted scene and TV version of the film.
Also, don't be surprised if the package looks a little different than what you see on Amazon. The package has a sleeve with artwork depicting many scenes from the film drawn in a cartoon like manner. When you remove the sleeve, you'll see the "Einstein" cover that's promoted on the Amazon web page. Just some forewarning if you're like me and get concerned for a fraction of a second when the package you open doesn't look quite as advertised.
Highly recommended for fans of 80's comedy, Val Kilmer and, most of all, Science!