One would think that a film as popular as Better Off Dead would receive decent treatment on the DVD. Sadly, that is not the case. The highlight (if it can be called that) of this disc is the image, which is anamorphic and framed at the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The picture, for the most part, is quite good, and unquestionably the best this film has seen since its days at the theaters. Still, there are times when detail is an issue. Grain is also evident sporadically throughout the presentation. It's not enough to ruin the effect of the digital transfer, but could have used a little more clean-up. The sound has not been significantly altered from when it was released in 1985. All that is included is an English two-channel stereo soundtrack. Though dialogue is clear and distortion free, it's also rather unimaginative. There is little question though in what's truly the main disappointment with this disc, and that's the supplemental features. A disappointment because they are non-existent. There is nothing on this disc, including the obligatory trailer. It's a shame since the film has gathered such a cult following over the years that something couldn't have been put together to please the fans that have stuck by this small, but very funny, film.
Great quality for 80s nostalgia, lacking features.
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
If you want to wath Better Off Dead, this is the way to do it. Seriously. You can't find it streaming anywhere. And that's fine, because wouldn't you like to own it for yourself? It's 80s wackiness at its best. And this is definitely the best quality version you've seen unless you happened to catch it in theaters. Worth the price, even if it lacks any special features (besides the original trailer).
It's a decent 1080p tansfer. I have the DVD, a 4k player and 4k TV with high quality hdmi cables so i can compare these intelligently. I was stoked to see that it was on blu-ray. Compared to the dvd, the blu-ray is brighter and more crisp upscaled to 4k from the blu-ray source vs dvd. The DVD was a little more dull, and the colors weren't as vibrant. Honestly, I prolly could've lived with it, but the blu-ray is worth it if you're a fan of this film. The audio is a lot better than DVD. I was expecting to be completely wowed to see this film in blu-ray 1080p upscaled to 4k, but it was just decently better not phenomenally better (like the princess bride on dvd vs blu-ray. THAT is a massive an worthy upgrade). Don't expect to be blown away, and you will be ok. It is not a HUGE improvement over the DVD, but it is still noticeably better. Especially the audio. Worth the dineiro if you are a fan of this film. I got it on sale for $9.99 at my local best buy. Best price I could find on it anywhere.
I gave it 4 stars because i love the movie, but the case is as cheap as they come. I actually thought the case was broke at first, but no, it's just very cheap. The movie itself is a huge clarity difference from the dvd or old vhs for sure. For the price, cant complain for a classic.
Having gone back to it several years (?) after first seeing it. It's good but it doesn't quite hold the same sheen as it did in my younger days. Kind of a coming of age movie where a love sick guy loses his girlfriend to a jock. He goes on to try winning her back by skiing the deadliest hill only to find out someone across the street is of more interest than the old girlfriend. Oh, it's not Ricky.