Fanboys (Blu-ray)

Four estranged buddies embark on a road trip across the country in a last ditch effort to reclaim their friendship. Star Wars fans since childhood, their goal is to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in an attempt to see a rough cut of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace before its worldwide theatrical release in 1999.

My name is David Vaughn and I have been a Star Wars fanboy since 1977. Yes, I stood in line for more hours than I would like to admit to see The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi when I was an adolescent. Furthermore, I did the same in 1999 at the ripe young age of 30 in order to be one of the first to see The Phantom Menace. With that out of the way, you can certainly see how I can relate to this film. Sadly, the screenplay by Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg takes what could have been an awesome story and loads it will too many sophomoric detours and paper-thin character development. I occasionally laughed, but there were a couple of scenes that had no place in the story and detracted from the experience.

Video Highlights

  • AVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Dim and lackluster picture
  • Inconsistent detail
  • Accurate color palette
  • Inconsistent black levels

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
  • Adequate surround presence
  • Intelligible dialog
  • Decent dynamics

The audio and video really show the low budget nature of the production so don't expect much.

Bonus Materials

  • Introduction to the film by the director and producer
  • Commentary by cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Truth about Fanboys
  • Star Wars Parallel
  • 4 Fanboys and 1 Fangirl
  • The Choreography
  • Disturbances in The Force: A Series of Webisodes
  • Fanboys, Goes Global
  • Fanboys, The Comic Book
  • Fanboys, The Gallery

Despite some over-the-top sophomoric moments, every Star Wars fan should take 90 minutes out of their life and watch Fanboys. The presentation is nothing to write home about and a couple of scenes feel out of place but the underlying message of friendship and fandom warrant at least one viewing.

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Release Date: July 27, 2010
Studio: The Weinstein Company

Movie: 6/10
Picture: 6/10
Sound: 7/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS1 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Onkyo Pro PR-SC885 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Panamax M5400PM power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics