Thursday, February 9, 2012

"All he can think of is her shape."

Available on DVD since the beginning of the format, Vision Quest was one of a handful of titles that Warner Bros. issued in full-frame format only (there was later an Australian 16X9 DVD released under its alternate title Crazy For You). The Warner Archive has corrected this oversight by releasing a 16X9 VISION QUEST MOD DVD sourced from a newer master. They've also included the original theatrical trailer, which features the goofy, youthful, and lighthearted style of voiceover also utilized for other teen films of the era such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Listening to the Vision Quest trailer a couple times, I believe the voice of the narrator belongs to Mark Metcalf, best known for his role as Lt. Douglas C. Neidermeyer in Animal House (which he reprised in the Twisted Sister video for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and in the John Landis-directed segment in Twilight Zone: The Movie) and less well known as one of the producers of, and actors in, Chilly Scenes of Winter aka Head Over Heels.

EDIT: An anonymous commenter suggests that the voice belongs to Rick Dees.  After listening to some samples of Rick's voice, and considering his history of using his voice for radio, music, and television, that would appear to be correct, though part of me thinks it would be cooler, or at the very least less conventional, if it were Metcalf behind the mic.


Chris said...

Haven't seen Vision Quest...What happened to Matthew Modine? Since the flop Cutthroat Island (1995) I don't remember seeing him again. Kind of like Rick Moranis he vanished.
Did you ever see Birdy from 1984 ? That to me was Modine's best film aside from the obvious choice Full metal jacket.
Just browsed IMDB and discovered Modine's got a minor part in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises, maybe a comeback, who knows

Anonymous said...

I really think thats Rick Dees doing the voice-over.

Ned Merrill said...

Ah, guess I'll have to listen to some Rick Dees voice samples.