By Chaz Lipp
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Heavyweights (1995) on Blogcritics.
the group of misfits is Ben Stiller, aggressively overplaying the role
of Tony Perkis. Camp Hope’s original owners (played by Stiller’s
real-life parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) have run into financial
trouble and sold the outfit to Perkis. His grand plan? He and his crew
will film the camp’s activities all summer, using the footage for an
infomercial that will hawk a weight-loss program. Naturally the longtime
Camp Hope counselors and returning campers are mortified by this turn
of events. As Perkis’ authoritarian style begins to grate on the camp
personnel, Heavyweights becomes something of a Revenge of the Nerds, self-empowerment type of picture.
Heavyweights looks pretty good for a catalog title. It’s no
glorious restoration, but the modestly-budgeted film looks entirely
acceptable in high definition. The transfer provides a reasonably sharp,
detailed image. A natural layer of fine grain ensures an authentically
film-like appearance. Black levels may not be quite as deep as they
should be, but I think overall fans will be pleased. The 5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio mix is also very suitable. The audio is free of distortion,
presenting dialogue that approriately dominates the track. Surround
activity is fairly minimal and nothing to write home about, but not a
problem given the film’s limited audio ambitions in the first place.
There’s also a fun “Where Are They Now?” segment with the boys (now
grown men) from the original cast updating us about their lives. All
except Kenan Thomspson, but fear not—there’s a video chat between Apatow
and Thompson. Also included are a vintage “making of” and a few other
short pieces, all combining for a very cool roster of bonus materials. Heavyweights enthusiasts should be extremely pleased with Disney’s treatment of this film on Blu-ray.