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Back to School [Blu-ray] [1986]

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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (83 out of 86)


    Back to School
    Self-made wealthy guy Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) decides he needs a better education -- and also to spend some time away from his cheating new wife. Thornton joins his son, Jason (Keith Gordon) at college. Dad hopes to gain his son's respect (isn't that always Dangerfield's motivation?), while his son tries to fit in with his snobbish and brutish fellow students. English professor Diane Turner (Sally Kellerman) forms a strong bond with Thornton, encouraging both father and son to stick out their first year despite all odds. The finale involves some slapstick at the swimming pool diving board, and the obligatory commencement address delivered by Dangerfield, who proves that he can crack jokes without tugging at his tie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rodney Dangerfield
      Rodney Dangerfield - Thornton Melon
    • Sally Kellerman
      Sally Kellerman - Diane
    • Burt Young
      Burt Young - Lou
    • Keith Gordon
      Keith Gordon - Jason Melon
    • M. Emmet Walsh
      M. Emmet Walsh - Coach Turnbull

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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 86 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Back to School on Blu-ray

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you are a fan of Rodney Dangerfield, and how could you not be...then you should definitely add "Back To School" to your Blu-ray collection. MGM presents the movie in a faithful-to-source 1.85:1 aspect ratio transfer, which has tiny black bars on the top and bottom if you're watching the movie without any overscan. This is normal, and this is how it should look. There's no digital tinkering, such as digital noise reduction and edge enhancement, done to the movie. It is easily the best that the movie has looked on home video. The sound has been remixed in 5.1 surround sound, but if you listened to it, you'd probably never notice. It's okay at best, but perhaps, MGM should've stuck with the original mix. Spanish and French audio options are also included. The extras from the 2007 DVD release have also been ported over. The movie itself is hilarious and very enjoyable, and definitely worth the purchase. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a great comedy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic 1980s comedy hits blu-ray!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you liked the late Rodney Dangerfield, you will love this 1986 film. No doubt Rodney had a hand in the screenplay. There is so much of his schtick here, but he makes it work. Basically he decides to go to college with his son to dissuade the son from dropping out. He plays his Rodney persona, here named Thornton Melon, a tall and fat clothing tycoon. The characters tend to be stererotypical and sometimes caricature, but done deliberately to make you like or hate them as Rodney wishes. But it has some laugh filled sequences and good special effects, as Thornton performs his very difficult Triple Lindy dive. Good supporting cast includes Sally Kellerman, Ned Beatty and a young Robert Downey, Jr. Remove a star if you are not a Dangerfield fan. But if you are, this is fun and good escapist entertainment.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      "Back to School" Isn't Quite Back


      I'm very disappointed in this release. MGM, having financial troubles, seems to have just taken the DVD version of this movie and transferred it to Blu-ray without any care or quality control. Don't get me wrong, this movie is one of my all time favorites but I watched this release on my 32" HDTV and the picture quality is the worst I have ever seen. The first 20 minutes of the movie are the worst with fuzzy or blurred imagery but it doesn't slightly improve after the initial scenes with the movie's set-up, prior to Rodney Dangerfield appearing at his son's college. There are special features that have been ported over from the DVD release but MGM needs to start getting its act together if they expect to survive in the home video market.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Dangerfield.. With a twist.

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      A blast from the past, Back To School is Dangerfield at his mid-career. It was too early to hit it big, but he'd definitely been noticed. When his nephew starts to think about dropping out of school, Thornton Melon (Dangerfield) enrolls to help motivate him to stay in school. Being a self-sustained man, Thornton hires people to come in and do the work for him and throws wild parties in the dorm, completely defeating the motivational purpose for him being there. Can Thornton get his act together and help his nephew graduate? The film features great appearances from Robert Downey Jr. and Oingo Boingo, doing a great cameo as the band playing at Melon's dorm party. Reccomended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dangerfield FUNNY!


      Though the plot is kind of silly, the focus of a father joining his son while at college was funny. There was no profanity or un-respectful adult scenes in the movie, just good down to earth Rodney Dangerfield fun and laughs. The movie was just down right funny. The extra appearance by Sam Kinnosin made for even more laughs. This is a perfect movie when it has been a rough day at work, or your having a BBQ with friends, or you just want to sit back with your family or partner.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Always good to go Back to School

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Realizing he's not getting the respect he deserves from his son, billionaire Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) goes Back to School to complete the college education he never got. Soon Thornton is the big man on campus, throwing the biggest parties but not being serious about his studies. He realizes that he has further distanced himself from his son and needs to show him the true way to succeed - with hard work and demonstrated skills.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Remember, you're a Melon


      Great comedy. Great ending if you absolutely love to see the "Triple Lindy." This film has Dangerfield, Oingo Boingo, young wild Robert Downey Jr, Sam Kinison, Burt Young, and others rounding out a great cast. Enjoyable features. Some of the blu ray transfer is not great, but I didnt mind given the movie came out in 1986.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Dangerfield is Great


      Rodney Dangerfield gives an excellent performance in this picture about a middle-aged millionaire who enrolls in college with his son. Dvd offers both widescreen and full-screen viewing options, but die-hard fans will probably want to spend a few extra dollars and get the more recent special edition.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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