Real Genius [DVD] [1985]

  • SKU: 4611691
  • Release Date: 06/11/2002
  • Rating: PG
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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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome 80s movie

    Posted
    Realgenius
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    I loved this movie as a kid and still do. Val Kilmer is perfect as the sarcastic know-it-all. The kid Mitch is a little whiny but you get over that. Lazlo (Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite!) is weird and someone you root for. A little dated but still hilarious. Recommended for all nerds and lovers of 80s movies!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real Brilliance

    Posted
    wisdomseeker
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    Real Genius centers around the characters of Chris knight (Val Kilmer) And Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarrett) who are tasked with certain job responsibilities that tie into their employment for the government. They study in college together and also become unlikely but fast friends. Chris knight also gets Mitch Taylor to enjoy life more and come out of his social shell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Kilmer's Best

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Real Genius' was something of a disappointment to me. It's not an awful film in any sense, it just fails to provide laughs when the film really needs them, and is therefore somewhat bland in my opinion. Fans will be happy to see this in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Val Kilmer At His Finest

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    Budd
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    One of Val Kilmer's earlier works, Real Genius is an older comedy that doesn't quite stand the test of time in 2017, but still merits watching if you haven't seen it or haven't seen it in awhile and are a Kilmer fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie

    Posted
    ballerAZ

    One of my all time favorites, Val Kilmer is funny and does a great job. The soundtrack is also a +, and if you miss the 80's and love the movies from back then, then this is truly one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clever and Funny

    Posted
    RogerFan
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    Classic comedy with clever ideas and characters. Has lots of replay as well. I saw this in the original release and many times since.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fun movie

    Posted
    ecastle69
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    fun characters and good story line. root for the smart kids against the teacher and military.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!!

    Posted
    Tiny
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    I'm one of those guys who loves cheesy 80's movies. But this is a classic and one of Val Kilmers better acted movies..

    I would recommend this to a friend



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