A collector’s edition of the 1983 comedy Joysticks will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 7 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind Collection.
The antic romp begins when “The Video Arcade’s” newest employee, Eugene (Leif Green, Grease 2) arrives pantless for his first day on the job. Teenage heartthrob Jeff (Scott McGuinnis, Secret Admirer), who runs the arcade and Dorfus (Jim Greenleaf, Liar’s Moon), the slovenly video game addict, decide to take revenge on the vivacious Alva (Kym Malin, Weird Science) and Lola for tricking Eugene out of his pants with a wild game of “strip video.” But before they can act, King Vidiot (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite) and his sexy troupe of high-tech video addicts invade the arcade and pandemonium breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker, Fletch), an influential businessman, comes into the arcade looking for his daughter Patsy (Corinne Bohrer, Surf II). When he witnesses the madness around him, he vows to see the “den of juvenile delinquency” shut down for good.
Will the city council decide to close the arcade and spoil the kids’ fun? Or, will Jeff, Eugene and Dorfus manage to turn Rutter’s anger with a little help from Alva and Lola? It all comes together in a climatic and hilarious video game competition — with a winner-takes-all bet on the future of the video arcade in this early ’80s cult classic comedy.
The film was directed by cult film legend Greydon Clark (Black Shampoo, Final Justice, Without Warning, Skinheads). Midway Games allowed the film to use the image of Pac-Man just for featuring its games in the film. These included Satan’s Hollow and the then-unreleased Super Pac-Man used during the film’s climactic video game showdown.
Special features for the release include a new fan commentary featuring MVD Rewind Collection’s Eric D. Wilkinson, Cereal at Midnight host Heath Holland and Diabolik DVD’s Jesse Nelson; audio commentary with director Greydon Clark; an interview with director Greydon Clark; “Coin Slots,” a faux “trailer” short written and directed by Newt Wallen and starring Mr. Lobo and Eric D. Wilkinson; reversible artwork; a collectible two-sided mini-poster; the original theatrical trailer; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition slipcover.
The release features a 2K scan and restoration (in 2015) from 35mm film elements and is presented in 1080p HD in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Mono audio.
The Blu-ray was originally set for release Feb. 20 but was delayed due to an audio problem.