The 1995 family-oriented comedy Heavyweights comes to DVD from Disney with a standard full-frame transfer. The Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack is available in English, Spanish, and French. English closed captions are accessible. The only special features are promos for other family films from Disney.
This was one of my favorites growing up.
When Gerald Gardner comes home the last day of school, he is shocked to hear that his parents have set him up at a Summer Camp - A FAT CAMP!
Reluctantly he goes but finds out that the kids and camp counselors are really cool and fun is the focal point of Camp Hope.
However, when the Camp owners reveal that they recently sold their haven to Health Nut, Tony Perkis (played by an over-the-top Ben Stiller), all heck breaks lose as he intends to sell a weight lose infomercial and get everyone in shape by Labor Day! Even if it kills them!
All the kids are great and the camp counselors (including a young Paul Feig before his directing days) do an excellent job of supporting the campers through their plight. Ben Stiller is the main star though as he brings this Fitness Maniac to life. His visual comedy and articulation really sets the tone and he steals every scene.
The Blu Ray is of great quality and there were no visual or audible issues that I could notice. Subtitles were clear and there is also a "Where are they now" special that interviews some of the kids as adults about their experiences with the movie. There is a great audio commentary as well.
Will Tony Perkis turn Camp Hope's campers into athletic gods? Will they be ready to beat Camp MVP for the annual Apache relay? (that they embarrassingly lose every year!) Will Gerald Gardner become the leader he is destined to be?
Overall, if you love Family Films, especially ones in the vein of Mighty Ducks, you will love this one. Great story, great characters and morals of sticking up for yourself, taking personal responsibility and flying high despite the odds.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Nice Catalogue Release
Nice Catalogue Release
This is a nice Disney Catalogue release, and it was one of their last commercially available catalogue blu-ray releases before they made the unfortunate decision to release future ones only as club exclusives sans bonus features.
This release is packed full of bonus features (just the deleted scenes/alternate and extended takes total an hour an a half). While it may not be the best-loved movie Disney has ever made, it is a fun, lighthearted story that will make for an enjoyable movie night with a good amount of extras that are sure to keep you entertained well after the credits roll.