Midnight Madness

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The master of games, Leon has cooked up the ultimate contest this time, one that will pit five teams against each other in a wild chase through the night. This game is The Great Allnighter and of course, it is a wide scale scavenger hunt that will send the teams across the land in search of more clues. Leon has picked his contestants well and though they resisted at first, all five selected captains showed up in time, just as Leon expected. The teams include a gaggle of geeks, a team of muscle bound jocks, a band of cheating rich kids, some unusual sorority sisters, and of course, a group of your normal, good people. Each team is assigned a color of t-shirt to represent their team colors, then they’re unleashed to solve as many clues as possible. It won’t be easy for any of the teams, but since the rich kids have a machine to feed them answers, it seems like they have the edge from the start. But in a game like this one, even an advantage like that won’t ensure a win, to be sure. The teams will have to drive fast and think even faster, if they want to solve the clues, cross the finish line, and take control of the prestigious trophy.

Another installment of classic ’80s cheese has arrived on our favorite format, in the form of Midnight Madness. This wild and wacky caper is one of those offbeat scavenger hunt flicks, which have proved to be a staple of late night cable television. This is not science to be sure, but it is very humorous and for fans of ’80s cinema, it is one of those must own releases. Michael J. Fox (The Frighteners, Doc Hollywood) leads an ensemble cast that also includes David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), Debra Clinger (Tv’s The American Girls), and his feature film debut, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens. The cast is loaded with goofs, jocks, nerds, and other assorted strange folks, all of which add visual depth to the events. This is a colorful, upbeat, off the wall motion picture, one that’s well worth the time to check out. I am very pleased to own this film on DVD, but I am let down with Anchor Bay’s treatment here. I am not often dismayed with their work, but the full frame video and lack of extras make this one a tough sell. But if you’re tired of the worn out video tapes and want a more stable edition, this release is your only chance.

Video: How does it look?

Midnight Madness is presented in a full frame transfer. This seems to be an open matte transfer, so no image seems to be cropped, but I would have rather been given a new anamorphic widescreen edition. The print looks cleaner than expected, but still shows signs of debris and damage at times. The colors look solid however and contrast is well balanced, so not all is lost with this less than impressive visual treatment. I did see some edge enhancement and other small compression errors, but nothing extreme enough to ruin the experience. Again, this should have been anamorphic widescreen, but in the end, it’s still better than previous editions.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is presented in 2.0 surround, which more than handles the needs of the material. The surrounds don’t see constant use, but I was surprised with how active the channels were, a better experience than expected, to be sure. The wacky music sounds good and while not that immersive, the sound effects are presented in more than decent enough form. The dialogue is crisp and clean throughout also, no problems in the least.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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