I had a nice treat waiting for me when I got home yesterday -- the new Bill and Ted boxset had arrived early. I assume most people know what the movies are about: a couple stoner metal-heads travel through time, heaven, and hell having adventures. For the movies in which Keanu Reeves first uttered the word "Whoa!" the stories are surprisingly well written, referencing everything from Blue Oyster Cult to Bergman. The set consists of three discs -- two for the movies and one containing the special features. The movies are the same bare-bones discs currently available at Best Buy, so if you already own the films you're not only facing a double-dip, but a double-dip in which you'll end up with the same exact discs. (Luckily I never got around to upgrading my old VHS copies until now.) The movies look and sound good, though I noticed an occasional scratch on Excellent Adventure. But of course the real selling point for this set is the bonus disc. Unfortunately it's a mixed bag. The Original Bill and Ted: In Conversation with Screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon - The writers of the films discuss how Bill and Ted went from a short skit in their stand-up act to the films we know today. There's a lot of neat tid-bits here, like the fact that there was originally a third member of the team named Bob, and that Rufus was originally a 28 year old high school sophomore with a time traveling van. The segment mixes witty and informative banter in the same way Kevin Smith and Futurama commentaries do -- in fact, after watching it, I wish these guys had done commentaries for the film. The Most Triumphant Making of Documentary - Your standard 30 minute documentary on the making of the films. A bit breezy (Couldn't they've done one for each film?) but it covers most of the bases. However, there's one glaring deficiency -- the only actor involved is Alex "The Other One" Winter (who points out that he hasn't been in a film for ten years). Okay, I can understand why Keanu might not be available, but what about George Carlin? William Sadler? Bill and Ted's families? The historical personages? It's not like the chick who played Joan of Arc or the dude who played Billy the Kid are doing anything now. Hysterical Personages: Biographies of Nine Historical Dudes and One Babe Dressed as a Dude - A faux-Mr. Moviephone narrator recites some facts about various characters from the movies, punctuated by "Bodacious!" and "Most Excellent!" It might be funny if you were stoned, but otherwise just skip it. The Premiere Episode of Bill and Ted Excellent Adventures Cartoon series - Please, God, make it stop! There's about five minutes of good writing in the episode, but it's drowned by early-90's sub-Filmation Saturday morning animation. Just the theme song is enough to make you want to gouge your eardrums with a Q-tip. Score! An Interview with Steve Vai - Steve Vai, who composed some of the music for Bogus Journey, discusses his work on the film ... though only after talking about his work with Frank Zappa and how he got into movies. Rather meandering, and frankly Steve Vai isn't that interesting. Maybe if they'd interviewed that dude from Faith No More .... Air Guitar Tutorial with Bjorn Turoque and The Rockness Monsters - Two of the leading air-guitarists in the world discuss their philosophy and technique. Even after watching it, I'm not sure whether it's for real (but tongue in cheek) or just tongue in cheek. They belabor the joke a bit in the middle, but on the whole it's a fun watch. From Scribble to Script - Various notes, outlines, etc. You've seen a million of these by now, you know what to expect. The Linguistic Stylings of Bill and Ted - Clips from the film with subtitles explaining what words like "bogus" and "station" mean. Since most of the words are pretty obvious, and except for "station" the definitions aren't funny, this is only interesting as a clipshow. Radio Spots - Since the regular trailers are featured on the movie discs, there's no sense repeating them here. Which is why they dug up some old radio ads instead. They range from amusing to I-want-to-change-the-station-oh-wait-this-is-a-DVD. Bottom line: This is a good deal for anyone who doesn't already own the individual movies, but if you already have them, just wait for the 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition in 2008.  Bill and Ted don't smoke anything in the movie or even joke about drugs or munchies, but they sure act like stoners. If they aren't, then there's something egregiously wrong with the water in San Dimas.