Teen Wolf Too: Collector's EditionOverview -
Meet a college freshman who's having trouble fitting into his "genes" - family ones, that is - when he finds out his uncle and cousin are werewolves... and so is he! Now the clean cut science student is the star of the boxing team with a hair raising right hook and an animal attraction to his curvy coeds. Starring Jason Bateman (Necessary Roughness), this four fang film is sure to bring out the party animal in everyone! Starring Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin, Paul Sand, and James Hampton.
Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take
Just two years after Michael J. Fox made us fall in love with the high-school werewolf with his charm and wit, the studio saw fit to make a sequel with none of the same actors returning to their roles, with the exception of two small cameo roles. The filmmakers didn't even want to change the story up at all, sans the fact that Teen Wolf Too took place at University rather than High-School and involved boxing instead of basketball. Those are the only differences that the studio and writer R. Timothy Kring (Heroes) could come up with in this horribly bad sequel to an otherwise fun original film.
If I can say one good thing about this movie is that it gave us the amazing actor Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) in his first feature film role here. Trying their hardest to ride the coattails off the first film and since virtually nobody would reprise their roles, Teen Wolf Too follows Todd Howard (Bateman), the cousin of Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) from the first film, as Todd suspiciously inherits a sport's scholarship to University, even though he's never played any sport.
Todd is a nerdy, science geek who is uptight and socially awkward, and hopes that his family's heritage passes him by. It doesn't and Todd becomes the wolf, while his roommate Styles (played by a different actor) makes money off his transformation. Like the original film, Todd becomes the cool kid on campus and is able to rise to the top of the boxing tournament, get all the ladies, and make great grades. Also, this turns Todd into a total jerk where at the big boxing match, he decides to compete as human Todd rather than wolf Todd. In between this all are several montages of Todd acting like a jerk to his friends, putting his girlfriend second, and doing dance numbers and singing to a second-hand version of "Do You Love Me", complete with backup dancers.
It's all terrible and comes across as silly garbage you don't want to spend your time with. Bateman is good enough here and shows his early famous wit in the role where he can play comedic and dramatic in the same moment, but the script and dialogue prevent him from going any further in this film. Teen Wolf Too feels like a quick cash grab that was quickly put together despite nobody of real value coming back to reprise their roles, and it literally keeps the same story beat for beat. This movie never needs to exist other than to give us the genius of Jason Bateman.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Teen Wolf Too comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Scream Factory that is Region A Locked. There are no inserts or digital downloads here. The disc is housed in a hard, blue plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The box art is reversible with the original poster art.
Teen Wolf Too comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. There was zero information on if this was restored in any way, but this transfer certainly looks pristine and colorful throughout. This 30-year old film looks quite good here with sharp detail and beautiful colors. The detail will show the makeup prosthetics of the werewolf makeup easily now along with the individual wolf hairs on Jason Bateman's face. Other details such as the fine stitching in the knit sweaters and boxing gear look exquisite.
The textures of the small freckles on Bateman's face even show up here too. Colors are bright and vibrant with great 1980's color schemes with the neon wardrobes and that fancy red sports car the Teen Wolf drives around. That being said, the brightness levels in exterior brightly lit scenes look hazy with an almost white-glow. It only happens in a few scenes though. Black levels are mostly deep and inky and the skin tones are natural. There is a nice layer of grain that is stable and their are no major issues with aliasing, banding, or video noise.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix and gets the job done for sure. Again, there should be a 5.1 option to fully enhance the party scenes and crowds at the boxing tournaments. Still, there is some good heft here when it counts. Dialogue is clear and easy to follow along, although you can tell other voices and ADR were heavily used in some of the werewolf moments.
Sound effects of the punches in the boxing ring sound good, but not terribly realistic. The 1980's soundtrack engulfs the mix whenever there is a montage or party scene, which sounds excellent. If there were a subwoofer to with this mix, the wolf snarls would've sounded better, but there are no pops, cracks, hiss, or shrills here.
All of the bonus materials in this release appear to be HD Exclusives. See below.
Teen Wolf Too is still a truly awful film that brings nothing to the table other than seeing Jason Bateman in his first feature film role. Most of the actors did not reprise their roles and the story is the same from start to finish as the original movie. Why even bother? The video and audio presentations are both good and, while the extras are new for this release, they're just talking head interviews with zero behind the scenes footage or anything else. Jason Bateman doesn't show up either here. If you're a fan of this film, God Bless You and at the most, Give it a Rent!
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