Bio-Dome (1996)

Starring: Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin & William Atherton Directed by: Jason Bloom Synopsis:  Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin star as Bud “Squirrel” Macintosh and Doyle “Stubs” Johnson in the ultimate...


Starring: Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin & William Atherton
Directed by: Jason Bloom

Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin star as Bud “Squirrel” Macintosh and Doyle “Stubs” Johnson in the ultimate slacker comedy Bio-Dome.  Mistaking an experimental site for a mall, Squirrel and Stubs enter in hopes of finding a bathroom and instead find themselves the unwitting participants in a biological research project and the antagonistic falls of the by-the-book lead scientist Dr. Faulkner.

Bio-Dome comes from a 1080p transfer and portrays exceptionally well on screen.  The colors are rich with well balanced loud shades which appear on the assortment of apparel on the characters.  Different shades of green, orange, purple and yellow standout on various clothing throughout the film which all look really good.  The transfer attains a light grain throughout the film which is exceptional due to the fact that its an older film.  Attention to detail in faces, attire and of course the vegetation are sharply finished.  Aside from issues of black crush, the transfer is done well and Olive Films put’s out another strong catalogue release.

Bio-Dome has a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 lossless soundtrack.  The track is satisfactory, but not outstanding.  More than a few scenes including the introduction to the film is absent with too much vocal clarity which dampens the overall experience of listening to a clean soundtrack.  Dialogue clarity is an issue, but given the 95 minute length, its not too bad to listen to without having your ears shot.  I wish the audio was handled as carefully as they did with the transfer.

As usual Olive Films releases another bare bones title to their collection.  I wish Olive Films would at least put in a commentary track or trailer.  Something I will look forward to in future releases.

Closing Thoughts:
Overall the experience was not as bad as I would have imagined.  I’ve always been impressed with my experience with Olive Films, so one mediocre transfer doesn’t knock out the myriad of rights from the wrongs.  I’ve been a Pauly Shore fane since I was a youngling and I was very excited to see a release from Olive Films, especially a film I remember so well from my childhood.  Again if you are high on technical aspects of films rather than the enjoyment of the experience, you probably wouldn’t find this transfer satisfactory.  Overall the PQ of this film is on point.

Technical specifications:


Production release: Motion Picture Corporation of America
Video release: Olive Films

Number of discs: 1
Region ‘A’ locked
Runtime: 95 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: April 21, 2015

Aspect ration: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0



To purchase this film or any other Olive Films merchandise

Bio-Dome: Purchase Link

Retail: $21.99


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