The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai
Special Edition
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1984
Director: W. D. Richter
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 027616-862785
Running time: 1:44 (104 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: January 02, 2002
Collection type: Owned (#194)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 01, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 8 / 10
Review (video): 9 / 10
"The very oddest good movie in many a full moon," Buckaroo Banzai combines "humor, imagination, a little oriental mysticism and a passel of sharp performances [into] very chic sci-fi" (Time)! Oscar® nominees* Peter Weller and John Lithgow team with Emmy® winners Ellen Barkin and Christopher Lloyd for a fiendishly clever, action-packed adventure in an outlandish world you'll want to visit again and again!

Brilliant brain surgeon Banzai (Weller) just made scientific history. Shifting his Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he's the first man ever to travel to the Eighth Dimension...and come back sane! But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Lizardo (Lithgow), devises a plot to steal the Overthruster and bring an evil army of aliens back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe!

*1993: Short Film/Live Action, Partners (Weller); 1983: Supporting Actor, Terms Of Endearment (Lithgow)
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Production Studios:
 • Orion Pictures
 • Sherwood Productions
Media Companies:
 • MGM Home Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
French  Dolby Digital Mono
Commentary  Dolby Digital Surround
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Deleted Scenes
 • Gallery
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Closed Captioned
 • Enhanced Nuon Features
Easter Eggs
In the disc’s main menu, press the 'Left' arrow key on your remote control to highlight the center car. Now press 'Enter' and you will get to see a list of quotes from the movie.

In the main menu. Once again, press the 'Left' arrow key on your remote control to highlight the Banzai car and then press it once again and the yellow button in the upper left corner will be highlighted. Press 'Enter' now to get a look at alternative menu designs for the DVD that were ultimately abandoned in favor of the final one.

In the 'Special Features' section. Select the 'Deleted Scenes' and then highlight the 'Special Features' menu entry at the bottom of the screen. Press the 'Left' arrow key now to highlight the melon and then press 'Enter' to get access to a made-up newspaper article about Perfect Tommy's experiment with dropping watermelons from the sky to relieve world famine.

Inside that hidden feature there is actually another one. In the newspaper clipping, hit the 'More' button to get to the second page and there press the 'Up' arrow key to highlight the Buckaroo Banzai logo. It will give you access to then see a brief interview with the director about the whole watermelon question, and a bit about a recipe for 'Chicken in a Watermelon'!

In the 'Special Features' menu, go to the second page. Now select the 'Banzai Institute Archives' menu entry. Highlight the 'Special Features' entry at the bottom, followed by the 'Right' arrow key to highlight another Banzai symbol. This will give you access to a images of alternate DVD packaging designs for the movie.

Multiple hidden features

Access The Egg

1. If you select the middle Jet Car image on the first menu screen, you will be able to scroll through a selection of quotes from Doctor Banzai.

2. If you select the yellow circle in the top left corner of the first menu screen, you will be able to scroll through 36 alternate DVD menu designs.

3. If you select the Banzai Institute logo on the Banzai Institute Archive Menu screen, you will be able to scroll through two alternate DVD cover designs.

4. If you select the watermelon image on the first Deleted Scenes Menu screen, you will be taken to an article called "Food from the Skies?" which discusses why the Banzai Institute was putting watermelons in high guages.

5. If you select the BB logo on the second screen of the "Food from the Skies?" article, you will be taken to a video clip of W.D. Richter called "Why?" where he discusses watermelons and shows a recipe for Chicken in a Watermelon.
W. D. Richter....Director
Earl Mac Rauch....Writer
Sidney Beckerman....Executive Producer
Neil Canton....Producer
W. D. Richter....Producer
Fred J. Koenekamp....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Richard Marks....Film Editor
George Bowers....Film Editor
Michael Boddicker....Composer
Bones Howe....Sound Designer
Michael Evje....Production Sound Mixer
Gordon Ecker, Jr.....Supervising Sound Editor
Anthony Milch....Supervising Sound Editor
John T. Reitz....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
David E. Campbell....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gregg C. Rudloff....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
J. Michael Riva....Production Designer
Aggie Guerrard Rodgers....Costume Designer
Michael Fink....Visual Effects
Richard Carter....Art Director
Stephen Dane....Art Director
Henry Millar....Visual Effects
David Blitstein....Visual Effects
Eddie Marks....Costume Designer
Bari Dreiband....Make-up Artist
Animated Visual Effects by VCE
Peter Kuran....Visual Effects
8th Dimension Sequence by Greenlite
John Scheele....Visual Effects
Peter Weller....Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow....Dr Emilio Lizardo / Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin....Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum....New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd....John Bigbooté
Lewis Smith....Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash....John Emdall
Robert Ito....Professor Hikita
Pepe Serna....Reno Nevada
Ronald Lacey....President Widmark
Matt Clark....Secretary of Defense
Clancy Brown....Rawhide
William Traylor....General Catburd
Carl Lumbly....John Parker
Vincent Schiavelli....John O'Connor
Dan Hedaya....John Gomez
Mariclare Costello....Senator Cunningham
Bill Henderson....Casper Lindley
Damon Hines....Scooter Lindley
Billy Vera....Pinky Carruthers
Laura Harrington....Mrs. Johnson
Michael Santoro....Billy Travers
Jonathan Banks....Lizardo Hospital Guard
Robert Gray....Radar Blaze
Gary Bisig....Radar Blaze
Kent Perkins....Mission Control
John David Ashton....Highway Patrolman
Kenneth Magee....Duck Hunter Burt
James Keane....Duck Hunter Bubba
Yakov Smirnoff....National Security Advisor
Leonard Gaines....Artie Duncan
Francine Lembi....TV Anchorwoman
John Walter Davis....Star Surgeon
Read Morgan....Exhibitor
James Rosin....John Yaya
Raye Birk
Jane Marla Robbins
Kevin Sullivan....John Gant
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson....Black Lectroid Commander
Radford Polinsky....Marine Lt.
Kolodny Brothers
Sam Minsky
Robert Hummer
Gerald Peterson....Rug Sucker
Jamie Lee Curtis....Sandra Banzai (uncredited)
Greg Mires....Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
Matthew Mires....Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
James Saito....Masado Banzai (uncredited)