Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 is in all honesty not my cup of tea as I’m more of a fan of slasher (Friday the 13th) or serial killer (Halloween, Scream) horror so something like this wasn’t that entertaining to watch though others who are fans of Troma’s previous works will get something out of it.
Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1
Genre(s): Comedy, Horror
Anchor Bay | NR – 85 min. – $24.99 | March 18, 2014
Welcome back to Tromaville, New Jersey where the nuclear power plant has now been bulldozed to make way for an organic foods company. But when the company’s contaminated product is sold to the nearby high school lunch program, will the biggest nerds in the student body be transformed into goo-spewing punk mutants? Prepare yourself for this assault of fat guys, new girls, toxic tacos, teen lesbians, school shootings, rogue bloggers, marauding cretins, gratuitous nudity, duck dancing, and so much more in the all-new Tromasterpiece!
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
To make this standout, this comes in a green case, perhaps leftover from Universal’s Incredible Hulk release…
Audio Commentary – There are two tracks included: 1) Actors Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek and Asta Paredes; 2) Writer/Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, Producer Justin A. Martell, Executive Producer Matt Manjourides, Associate Producer Regina Katz and Writer Travis Campbell.
As you can see, both tracks features a packed line-up with the actors providing fun, if not chaotic, atmosphere, giving their perspectives and working together while the second one, which is also light-hearted, gives a more technical track.
Casting Conundrum (7:07) – This looks at the casting process for the movie using different social media like Twitter, Facebook and Timblr.
Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf(man) (9:44) offers a look at the Hellish production office (at a funeral home) and the shambles the interior was with crew members sleeping on mattresses.
Special (Ed)Effects (7:22) covers the special effects test, make-up, etc.
Cell-U-lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising the World (2:11) is a collection of footage from over the years on Troma produced flicks.
Also included is a Music Video (3:38) and the Theatrical Trailer (0:59).
Previews – Detention of the Dead, Sorority Party Massacre, The Demented, Battle of the Damned
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Return to Nuke ‘Em High slimes its way onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. The picture isn’t anything incredible yet still relatively clear with decent detail levels and colors appear to be vibrant.
AUDIO – 3.0/5
Unfortunately, for whatever reason we’re only give a Dolby Digital Stereo mix which is OK for a movie like this where dialogue, and screams/moans, comes through the center speaker well enough and the other elements make use of the two front channels. Obviously a lossless track would’ve been preferred and might’ve offered depth, but as it stands this stereo track is serviceable.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 is in all honesty not my cup of tea as I’m more of a fan of slasher (Friday the 13th) or serial killer (Halloween, Scream) horror so something like this wasn’t that entertaining to watch though others who are fans of Troma’s previous works will get something out of it. The Blu-ray release does have a good video transfer and a standard audio track while the bonus material isn’t depth-filled.