On MGM Home Entertainment’s Special Edition of the wacky comedy “The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai” you can find some very interesting hidden material.
On the disc’s main menu, press the “Left” arrow key on your remote control to highlight the center car. Now press “Enter” and you will get to see a list of quotes from the movie.
Another one can also be found in the main menu. Once again, press the “Left” arrow key on your remote control to highlight the Banzai car and then press it once again and the yellow button in the upper left corner will be highlighted. Press “Enter” now to get a look at alternative menu designs for the DVD that were ultimately abandoned in favor of the final one.
Another one can be found in the “Special Features” section. Select the “Deleted Scenes” and then highlight the “Special Features” menu entry at the bottom of the screen. Press the “Left” arrow key now to highlight the melon and then press “Enter” to get access to a made-up newspaper article about Perfect Tommy’s experiment with dropping watermelons from the sky to relieve world famine.
Inside that hidden feature there is actually another one. In the newspaper clipping, hit the “More” button to get to the second page and there press the “Up” arrow key to highlight the Buckaroo Banzai logo. It will give you access to then see a brief interview with the director about the whole watermelon question, and a bit about a recipe for “Chicken in a Watermelon”!
For the next hidden feature, go back to the “Special Features” menu and go to the second page. Now select the “Banzai Institute Archives” menu entry. Highlight the “Special Features” entry at the bottom, followed by the “Right” arrow key to highlight another Banzai symbol. This will give you access to a images of alternate DVD packaging designs for the movie.