Saved by the Bell: Double Feature – DVD Review


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Directors:

Don Barnhart (Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style)
Jeffrey Melman (Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas)

Starring:

Mark-Paul Gosselaar ………. Zach Morris
Mario Lopez ………. A.C. Slater
Dustin Diamond ………. Samuel “Screech” Powers
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen ………. Kelly Kapowski
Elizabeth Berkley ………. Jessie Spano
Lark Voorhies ………. Lisa Turtle
Dennis Haskins ………. Mr. Richard Belding

The Movies

Movies based on popular television shows are typically nothing more than extended episodes of those shows. Often they are called “movies” to attract more viewers. The only problem with that is only fans of the TV shows will really appreciate and enjoy these “movies.” Anyone who is not a fan of the TV show will probably click to something else, instead. Which is probably the case for two movies based on the Saved by the Bell television show.

Everyone that was born in the 1980’s can’t help but love a TV show called Saved by the Bell. It began airing on NBC Saturday mornings in the early 1990’s; it was cheesy good fun with a catchy theme song. On paper, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas seem like just two movies that stem from the TV show. Upon close inspection though, you will find that these two movies actually are the end of two different eras for the series.

In Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style, Kelly’s grandfather invites the whole gang to his little hotel “The Hideaway” in Hawaii for summer vacation. They expect a wonderful time at the beach without Mr. Belding. When they arrive there, they quickly learn that not only is Belding there too, but they also have to help Kelly’s grandfather (Dean Jones) against the mean capitalist Worthington. Worthington plans to ruin Kelly’s grandfather to get his land to build a new apartment house complex. Meanwhile, Zack again meets the love of his life, Jessie and Slater bet with Lisa that they won’t fight, and Screech gets kidnapped by the Pupuku clan.

Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas is basically the conclusion of the series. It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for. Zach and Kelly finally get married. However, Zack’s parents are against the early commitment and Kelly’s parents can’t afford it, so only the gang travels to Las Vegas for the wedding. Before the wedding can happen, though, they have to live through many adventures, including: Zack losing his all his money, Kelly becoming jealous, and Slater being chased by mobsters.

The Hawaiian vacation movie was the last time the entire cast of the show filmed something together from start to finish. After high school, most of the cast went on to “The College Years” of the show but a few dropped out. So if you want the last true Saved by the Bell experience, with the most popular cast, this is the movie to watch. All of the cast does return for the Wedding in Vegas movie, at least for a few scenes. However, this movie marks the end of “The College Years” era of the show, but more importantly it marks the end of the show all together.

These two movies pretty much stay true to the show. If you never enjoyed the television series, chances are you won’t like these movies because they don’t stand up on their own. The lack of extras is a little disappointing, but this set is really the last missing piece to the complete Saved by the Bell collection. Like the majority of other movies based on television shows, though, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas are strictly for fans of the show only.

The Video:

The video is given in 1.33:1 fullscreen color. The video is decent. A little better than TV quality, but nothing special. Good enough, though, with no real problems.

The Audio:

The audio included is available in English Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. No real problems here either. The music and dialogue come out loud and clear. Cheesy early 90’s music at its best!

The Extras:

Nothing at all here. It would have been nice to maybe get some interviews from the stars talking about filming these movies, but you get what you can get.

THE INSIDE PULSE

If you a fan of the show, then you must have this to complete your collection. However, if you are new to the show I wouldn’t recommend starting with these. These are movies for fans of the show. They aren’t the greatest, but fans will love them.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for
Saved by the Bell: Double Feature
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE MOVIE

5
THE VIDEO

7
THE AUDIO

7
THE EXTRAS

0
REPLAY VALUE

5
OVERALL
3.5
(NOT AN AVERAGE)