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
John BelushiJohn "Bluto" Blutarsky
Tim MathesonEric "Otter" Stratton
John VernonDean Vernon Wormer
Verna BloomMarion Wormer
Tom HulceLarry "Pinto" Kroger
Stephen FurstKent "Flounder" Dorfman
Cesare DanovaMayor Carmine DePasto
Donald SutherlandProf. Dave Jennings
James DaughtonGreg Marmalard
Mary Louise WellerMandy Pepperidge
Bruce McGillDaniel Simpson "D-Day" Day
Mark MetcalfDoug Neidermeyer
DeWayne JessieOtis Day
James WiddoesRobert Hoover
Martha SmithBabs Jensen
Sarah HolcombClorette DePasto
Kevin BaconChip Diller
Peter RiegertDonald "Boon" Schoenstein
Robert Irvin ElliottMeaner Dude
Reginald H. FarmerMeanest Dude
Sunny JohnsonOtter's Co-ed
Stephen BishopCharming Guy with Guitar
John FreemanMan on Street
Helen VickSorority Girl
Robert Cray(uncredited) Bandmember, Otis Day and the Knights
Philip H. LathropCinematographer
Elmer BernsteinComposer (Music Score)
George Folsey, Jr.Editor
Dean Edward MitznerProduction Designer
John J. LloydArt Director
Peter V. HeraldCo-producer
Deborah NadoolmanCostume Designer
Jean-Pierre DorleacCostume Designer
William B. KaplanSound/Sound Designer
Henry MillarSpecial Effects
Clifford C. ColemanFirst Assistant Director
Robert P. CohenFirst Assistant Director
Steve YaconelliCamera Operator
Gary McLartySecond Unit Director
Gary McLartyStunts Coordinator
Gross-Out Comedy,Absurd Comedy,Sex Comedy
National Lampoon's Animal House
Year of Release
Includes Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
National Lampoon's Animal House [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
I had not seen this movie in some time, and I have an older copy on DVD. I'm happy I bought this steelbook, as the blu ray and 4K disks are very nice updates. The artwork on the steelbook is great as well!
This is a review of the 4K Steelbook released May 18, 2021. You already know Animal House is one of the classic slob comedies of all time. The 4K visual transfer is well done, very clear. A lot of the movie looks rather dark with grain but that is because of how it was filmed, a new restoration can't help that. The 4K clarity will add several instances of "I never saw that before." I have a 5,2.2 audio system which got a workout with the 4K disc's audio. The Faber College Theme sounds fabulous. This disc was worth paying the going rate and not waiting for the inevitable sale prices. I am not all that interested in the bonuses, there are several, but I buy movies to watch the movies. The 4K had subtitles for AH fans who've shot their hearing since the theatrical release.
Don't let Animal House's UHD disc flounder in obscurity while on double secret probation. This release doesn't simply earn a passing grade; it sports a stellar 2160p/HDR video transfer that puts it near the top of the class. It's every bit the upgrade fans have long desired and it'll more than satisfy any videophile just coming to scope out the wares as well. The new DTS:X soundtrack doesn't reinvent the movie's sound design (and nor should it) but the presentation is just fine as-is. No new extras are included, which is a minor disappointment, but what's here is reliable and enjoyable. Very highly recommended for the film and the video transfer, and packaging collector's would be wise to check out the companion SteelBook packaging variant.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
The comedic value of this movie is what makes the high-def version a must have. Bringing the old VHS quality to current standards makes the movie even more fun to watch. Boone, Otter, D-Day, Bluto, Pinto, Flounder, Greggy, Dougie and some of the other Hitler youth are in crisp detail and brought to current standards. Any fan of Belushi will love this upgrade, but the entirety of the cast in 4K is worth every penny. Anyone who doesn't know what "classic comedy" is needs to buy this and have everyone in their families watch to find out.
If you’ve watched shows like Family Guy, they got some of their jokes from this movie. This movie has made an impact in the community of comedy movies.
Unable to gain acceptance at the snootier fraternities they pledge, the Deltas, 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. What's a Delta to do?
I don’t know who I would recommend this to except for people over forty. This is the quintessential raunchy 70s college campus humor movie. I think it’s supposed to take place in the 60s. While it can look dated and not as bombastic as it would be if it were retold today, it has a simper approach to this kind of adult material. That being said, I could this film charming and the humor stand up to the test of time. From Wikipedia: (2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was No. 1 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". It was No. 36 on AFI's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list of the 100 best American comedies. In 2008, Empire magazine selected it as No. 279 of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time".)
Frankly, John Belushi's performance alone is enough to make this movie an incredible classic. He may have been the funniest comedic actor ever. It's truly a shame that he died so young. In fact, he was supposed to act in Ghostbusters. (I think he would have been hilarious as one of the Ghostbusters.) In any case, compared to the edited-for-TV (cleaner) version that I saw as a kid, I felt like I got to watch the entire film in its full glory. Glorious indeed!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Animal House 4K Review
I usually don’t buy movies on 4K from categories other than Action/Adventure or Sci-f. But certain films in other categories merit a look when they have a punch sound mix or score that is incredible. The picture quality is great, but I think the soundtrack alone merits the upgrade. True they could’ve added a Dolby Atmos soundtrack to a remastered Blu-ray, but the film is old enough that it seemed to benefit from the 4K process. Not too grainy, and I said before, the score, especially at the end of the movie sounds excellent.