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National Lampoon's Animal House [Blu-ray] [1978]

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  • Release Date: 07/26/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (168 out of 169)

    Special Features


    • The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion an original documentary featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the cast
    • Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update a hilarious mockumentary featuring the original cast
    • Scene It? Animal House relive your favorite moments with this mini-game experience, including movie clips, trivia

    Synopsis


    National Lampoon's Animal House
    Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. The first glimpse we get of the campus is the statue of its founder Emil Faber, on the base of which is inscribed the motto, "Knowledge Is Good." Incoming freshmen Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) find themselves rejected by the pretentious Omega fraternity, and instead pledge to Delta House. The Deltas are a motley fraternity of rejects and maladjusted undergraduates (some approaching their late twenties) whose main goal -- seemingly accomplished in part by their mere presence on campus -- is disrupting the staid, peaceful, rigidly orthodox, and totally hypocritical social order of the school, as represented by the Omegas and the college's dean, Vernon Wormer (John Vernon). Dean Wormer decides that this is the year he's going to get the Deltas expelled and their chapter decertified; he places the fraternity on "double secret probation" and, with help from Omega president Greg Marmalard (James Daughton) and hard-nosed member Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf), starts looking for any pretext on which to bring the members of the Delta fraternity up on charges. The Deltas, oblivious to the danger they're in, are having a great time, steeped in irreverence, mild debauchery, and occasional drunkenness, led by seniors Otter (Tim Matheson), Hoover (James Widdoes), D-Day (Bruce McGill), Boon (Peter Riegert), and pledge master John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi). They're given enough rope to hang themselves, but even then manage to get into comical misadventures on a road trip (where they arrange an assignation with a group of young ladies from Emily Dickinson University). Finally, they are thrown out of school, and, as a result, stripped of their student deferments (and, thus, eligible for the draft). They decide to commit one last, utterly senseless (and screamingly funny) slapstick act of rebellion, making a shambles of the university's annual homecoming parade, and, in the process, getting revenge on the dean, the Omegas, and everyone else who has ever gone against them. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • John Belushi
      John Belushi - John "Bluto" Blutarsky
    • Tim Matheson
      Tim Matheson - Eric "Otter" Stratton
    • John Vernon
      John Vernon - Dean Vernon Wormer
    • Verna Bloom
      Verna Bloom - Marion Wormer
    • Tom Hulce
      Tom Hulce - Larry "Pinto" Kroger



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 169 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The original slob comedy, which is still the best

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      CrimsonKing42

      Animal has spawned several knock-off, such as the recent Old School, largely because it set the standard for college slob comeides, or just crude humor in general. Some of this film just seems downright offensive, even by today's relatively lax standards. One can only imagine how people felt about this when it came out. But with that said, this movie is glorious, and remains one of the funniest comedies of all time.' The story is that of Delta House, a fraternity so bad in terms of behavior and academics that the stiff-collared dean of the college it's located at has declared that he will finally get it shut down. Meanwhile, the Deltas go about their slovenly and raucous business, wreaking havoc on the campus and just generally having a grand old time. Eventually, they are forced to try to salvage their frat by proving to the school board that they are worthy to continue at the school. The point isn't the plot. Not that it's poor, or even negligible, but it's just that this movie is REALLY funny, and that's really the reason to see it. The formula has been copied a million times. The results were just never this good.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As American as PIE!

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      filmfreak
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      Animal House is full of characters that are both so vague that you know someone like them, and yet complex enough that you'll never know anyone like them at all. You may know a crazy guy like D-Day, but you'll never know anyone who can drive a motorcycle up a flight up stairs and make funny noises at you. You may know a guy like Bluto, but you've never seen anyone rip a guitar out of someone's hands and smash it to the ground in a horribly violent manner. And you may have know/have known an eccentric professor, but none that would ever think of even letting you over to his house, much less smoke pot with you. It is simply a movie that makes you think, "why couldn't college be that way for me?" I would love to chuck golf balls at the ROTC, or sneak a horse into an office building.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It is John Belushi

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      Rocky
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      Sometimes I think people miss the pervading intelligence of this movie. Known now as being the purveyor of gross-out humor - the script actually had a lot more on its mind, including social caste, race, conformity, fascism, and a whole lot more. It's also a biting critique of the social mores of the country in the "pre-Beatles" era and, in its own way, illustrates so many of the factors that would lead to the counter-culture movement just on the horizon. Of course, it's also one of the funniest movies ever made and the fact that it would be the launch pad for Belushi and Landis and Reitman, and on and on -with lines and scenes that are still quoted to this very day - well - yeah it's one of the best comedies ever made. But it's also one of the more important ones, as well. Buy it!!!!!!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Comedy Finally Arrives to Blu Ray

      Posted
      ssanton

      Bad news first, the Blu Ray release for Animal House does not boast stunning video and room-shaking audio (and it really shouldn't). Good news, it is the best this movie has ever looked. It was a fairly low-budget film and it gets the Blu Ray transfer it deserves. Casual viewers will notice it looks extremely clear. Experts might say otherwise, but I thought it looked great. The audio is also great. Diologue is clear and so are the excellent array of songs that are featured in the movie. This movie certainly doesn't appeal to everyone, so it is hard to recommend. I love this movie, and this Blu Ray release pleased me. Recommended to anyone who really likes the movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Comedy

      Posted
      ScottyG70

      While I saw this movie years ago, I didn't own it on DVD until recently. As my kids are now in their late teens, and saw a clip on a show profiling classic movies, I decided to finally buy it so they could watch it with me. To this day, I still find myself laughing at it and my kids remarked how funny they found it also. One of Belushi's best movies for sure. The DVD extras were great and the "Class Reunion" was awesome seeing the actors in present form. There is nudity, profanity and drug use in the movie, so it probably won't be a good idea for younger viewers, but for everyone else this classic comedy is a must see and a must own.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great ensemble movie!

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      RaynMan2142
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      Unable to gain acceptance at the snootier fraternities they pledge, the Deltas, a a motley crew of misfits and sociopaths bent on disrupting the well-starched status quo, engage in various illegalities that land them in hot water with both the stern college dean and the neighboring jock fraternity. Their exploits eventually cause them to be placed on double-secret probation, until finally, they are kicked out of school and, as the dean reminds them, newly eligible for the Vietnam draft.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      crazy comedy from 1978

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      joey49er
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      the late john belushi was already a star from saturday night live and this movie was the highlight of his short career. co-written by the late harold ramis and directed by john landis, this also has a host of upcoming young actors, tim matheson, karen allen, kevin bacon and tom hulce. also to me the best, otis day and the knights singin "shout" in this, one of the greatest comedies of all time!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Classic Comedy Craziness....

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      MikeDe
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      If you're a Classic Comedy & Frat house humor ..Look no further. I don't have time to explain plot or AV specifics, just trust me, for a movie that came out in 1978 it looks & sound good! My only complaint is that they could have made a couple of new updated featurettes or a Commentary considering most of the extras are from previous releases.

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