Real Genius [DVD] [1985]

Fans of Val Kilmer and '80s comedies will be sure to enjoy this clever and humorous teen film chronicling the wacky exploits of a group of college overachievers who just can't seem to check their genius IQs at the party school door. The Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's DVD is no-frills, but the disc is nevertheless a must. The picture has been remastered in high definition and is presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (enhanced). The picture is excellent, as is the English Dolby Surround audio track. A pan-and-scan transfer is available on the flip side of the disc. The disc also comes with multiple subtitle options, chapter stops, and some bonus trailers for other Columbia TriStar releases.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Remastered in high definition
  • Widescreen and full-screen presentations
  • Audio: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Bonus trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections
  • Closed Captioned


Real Genius
Martha Coolidge directed this comedy taking place at fictional Pacific Tech, concerning incoming freshman Mitch (Gabe Jarret), a high school student whose Science Fair project made important inroads into laser beam technology. Mitch has been recruited by famed physics professor Hathaway (William Atherton), who asks Mitch to work in his laboratory. On campus, Mitch becomes roommates with the brilliant Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), legendary as the smartest freshman in the history of the college; but now, as a senior, he is less interested in his studies and more interested in having fun. It turns out that Hathaway is enlisting his students, unbeknownst to them, as a slave labor force to do research in developing a state-of-the-art laser device for the Defense Department (he uses his government grant funds to build a house). But Chris and Mitch begin to suspect that something is amiss with Hathaway's project. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Val Kilmer
    Val Kilmer - Chris Knight
  • Gabe Jarret
    Gabe Jarret - Mitch Taylor
  • Michelle Meyrink
    Michelle Meyrink - Jordan
  • William Atherton
    William Atherton - Prof. Hathaway
  • Jon Gries
    Jon Gries - Lazlo Hollyfeld

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