Beavis and Butt-head Do America Special Collector's Edition Mike Judge

Mike Judge’s ingenious Beavis and Butt-head Do America gets the long-awaited Collector’s Edition treatment and the end result is an amazingly insightful look at this multi-layered production. The film still looks stunning — the digital makeover brings the characters and details to life in new ways, and the shrewd plot and action sequences are timeless. The audio commentary session here is the first time Judge has seen the film since it was released and he quickly surprises co-director Yvette Kaplan with the subtle details of the opening "Butt Kong” sequence. Ever the maverick, Judge also candidly discusses how fucking dumb some of the suits at Paramount were, including a casting director who — not realising that Judge voiced most of the characters — proposed she and Judge go through a list of celebrities for the starring roles ("’Let’s talk about Beavis,’” Judge recalls her saying). Judge does admit that celebrity cameos from the likes of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Greg Kinnear and of course, David Letterman gave the film a whole new dimension. Kaplan mentions how Judge changed a minor reference to a "propane tank” to "butane tank,” so as not to conflict with a new project he was working on (King of the Hill). In the "The Big Picture” featurette, Judge and MTV execs discuss the film studios’ early ideas for the movie, including a live-action version starring David Spade and Chris Farley as Beavis and Butt-head. Neither Judge nor MTV were impressed with such notions and held off for a few more seasons. In "We’re Gonna Score!,” Judge and composer John Frizzell discuss the surprisingly melodramatic score of the film, which is classically orchestral. Frizzell gushes about how exciting it was to work with a professional musician like Judge directing the film and reveals the little-known details about a dirty Gregorian chant sequence he and Judge came up with. In the end, Judge states that completing the film (and surprising everyone by opening up at number one) was the most satisfying moment he shared with these characters and he still marvels at how an actual budget helped make the film look so rich on the big-screen. Plus: "The Smackdown,” TV spots, "Celebrity Shorts,” teasers. (Paramount)