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When I got the new “Revenge of the Nerds: Atomic Wedgie Collection” to review, I was pretty excited. Of course I’ve seen (censored) bits and pieces of these movies on TV over the years, but I haven’t seen the full, unedited versions since I was a fresh-faced, uncorrupted youngster. This new box contains all four Nerds movies, the amazing “Revenge of the Nerds,” the similarly endearing “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise” featuring the first on-screen pairing of “Studio 60” duo Timothy Busfield and Bradley Whitford, the mediocre made-for-TV “Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation” with Gay Kenny from “My Name is Earl,” and the abysmal made-for-dumpster “Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love” where Booger ties the knot. I happen to be of the opinion that Dudley “Booger” Dawson is one of the greatest anti-heroes in cinema history, like a gassy Sam Spade with better t-shirts. Therefore, the fact that he is the focus of the ugly stepchild of the Nerds franchise is both puzzling and personally devastating. I’m going to need a minute… Anyway, The last two movies are almost offensively bad and tamer than David Gest, so avoid them like a Pi-Delta-Pi avoids a Tri-Lam. On the other hand, I can’t recommend the first two movies of the series enough, and you have to at least rent them to see them in their uncut glory one more time before you die. Remember the panty raid? The musical act at the talent show? Booger’s vomit-inducing sensei? Ogre’s enlightenment? It’s a rockin’ good time, believe me. In addition, the cast interviews and failed “Revenge of the Nerds” TV pilot (!!!!) included on the first disc are worth the price by themselves. And if nothing else, remember that a wiser man than you or I once said, “No one will really be free until nerd persecution ends.” NERDS!!!