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The Peanut Butter Solution

And this is why you do NOT overdo it with peanut butter.  Thank God we can all learn from Michael’s (Matthew Mackay) messy misadventures with a lot of gooey crap and way too much peanut butter.  If David Lynch made a children’s movie, it is no stretch of the imagination to suggest that it would look and operate a lot like The Peanut Butter Solution.

"Full of lousy teachers, crazy doctors, and ghosts that reward kids for taking pity on the homeless, The Peanut Butter Solution is a movie that has it all, including Van Gogh’s great, great, great-grandson."


The Peanut Butter Solution might just be the weirdest children’s movie ever made.  And now, thanks to Severin Kids, the film that probably frightened you as a kid is on blu-ray.  I mean, seeing a kid lose all the hair on his head thanks to a haunted mansion is pretty memorable.  So, too, is the solution for getting it back.  And all of this ghostly weirdness is set to the pipes of Céline Dion as she belts out two cheesy songs.

But what did he see, you ask.  Exactly.  Poorly acted but memorable as hell, The Peanut Butter Solution is what happens when you sneak up on the ghosts who dwell in an abandoned mansion that has recently burned down and you get the fright of your life.  Trespassing is a crime, kids.  Learn it well or your hair might just fall off.  Completely.  

Full of lousy teachers, crazy doctors, and ghosts that reward kids for taking pity on the homeless, The Peanut Butter Solution is a movie that has it all, including Van Gogh’s great, great, great-grandson.

Severin Films, known for remastering and releasing sleazy trashterpieces, launches a new line of horror and just plain nutso titles aimed solely at kids with the release of The Peanut Butter Solution.  Titled Severin Kids, their debut line of cult flicks begins this Christmas with a movie that ruined an entire generation of kids with its hair-growing weirdness.  But that’s not all either, this film (with its youth shaming and its secret ghost recipes) tells viewers that life sucks and it only gets worse - especially when you mess up a spiritually-given recipe for non stop hair-growing.

Co-starring Michael Hogan, Griffith Brewer, Helen Hughes, and Siluck Saysanasy, The Peanut Butter Solution is eerie and tonally challenged.  But it is definitely unforgettable, especially when the recipe - including a fistful of kitty litter and nine spoons of soil - is given to the poor bald boy who has lost all his hair and is now the target for a hundred soccer-playing bullies to taunt.  The Peanut Butter Solution

The key ingredient to this recipe, though, is peanut butter and, if you use too much of it, there are unnatural consequences; consequences that include hair that won’t stop growing and, when your best friend discovers its magical properties, unnatural pubic hair.  But, hey, it’s The Peanut Butter Solution

What else can you expect from a children’s movie that, written and directed by Michael Rubbo (Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller) goes out of its well to creep the fuck right out its audience.  With a little help from Céline Dion, The Peanut Butter Solution finally arrives on blu-ray thanks to Severin Kids efforts.  This release includes two cuts of one infamous movie and a bunch of new supplemental featurettes, too. 

The Peanut Butter Solution is now available from Severin Kids.

3/5 stars

The Peanut Butter Solution

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Severin Films
Available on Blu-ray
- December 31, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: None
Audio: 
2.0 Stereo
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

With its premiere launch, Severin Kids presents this extremely dangerous mixture from Canada kiddie about “burning winos, sudden baldness, psychotic teachers, suburban abductions, juvenile sweatshops and the icky concoction that grows long lustrous pubes” on blu-ray thanks to this newly transferred print.

Video:

The newly transferred 4K High Definition Blu-ray presentation of The Peanut Butter Solution is on point. While it takes place mainly in a domestic and school, this 1080p transfer captures crisp details in clothing and in locations that are textured and fine. Loaded with juicy details, this is an atmospheric release that doesn’t shy away from the sunlight either. It has dark layers, yes, and those shadows are well-defined and crisp but the new transfer does not disappoint. The brand new HD master is detailed and looks better than ever. Some shots, due to the era of the day, are fuzzier than others but the image is reasonably well defined with crisp contrasts and solid textures. Colors are solid, with reds being a standout. Blacks are, too. Surprisingly, there's enough fine detail on display to make this seem revelatory. The era-ready color palette looks terrific, too. 

Audio:

The disc comes with the original 2.0 Stereo Audio which is solid enough to hear Dion belt out some crappy tunes.

Commentary:

  • See Special Features.

Special Features:

It’s a great release, full of special material that fans will definitely want to put on their head.  This includes the new commentary from the film’s producer and actor Matthew MacKay.

  • Extended U.S. Theatrical Release Version
  • NEW Commentary with Producer Rock Demers and Actor Matthew MacKay, Moderated by Filmmaker Ara Ball
  • Human Beings Are The Same All Over: An Interview with Producer Rock Demers
  • Conrad's Peanut Butter Solution: An Interview with Siluck Saysanasy
  • Tales for All: Paul Corupe on Rock Demers and the Canadian Kids Film
  • Alternate U.S. Theatrical Release Version
  • Canadian Trailer
  • Original U.S. Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

The Peanut Butter Solution

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
93 mins
Director
: Michael Rubbo
Writer:
Vojtech Jasný, Andrée Pelletier
Cast:
Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy
Genre
: Comedy | Family
Tagline:
A hair-raising comedy adventure.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Quiet! Or I'll put you in the net!"
Theatrical Distributor:
New World Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
September 12, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 31, 2019.
Synopsis: Severin Kids presents the “notoriously strange and creepy” (BeatRoute.ca) Canadian kiddie feature about burning winos, sudden baldness, psychotic teachers, suburban abductions, juvenile sweatshops and the icky concoction that grows long lustrous pubes. Mathew Mackay, Michael Hogan (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), and Siluck Saysanasy (DEGRASSI HIGH) star in this surreal mind-roaster.

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