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National Lampoon's Animal House [WS] [Double Secret Probation Edition] [DVD] [1978]

Release Date:08/26/2003
One of the most successful comedies of all time, Animal House gets its best DVD release yet with this "Double Secret Probation Edition." The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a Delta Alumni update (a 20-minute featurette that offers interviews with the characters about where they are now), a making-of documentary that is informative but was included on previous DVD editions of the film, an animated trivia track that supplies information while watching the movie, and a music video by MxPx for the song "Shout." Any big fan of the film will not be ripped off by upgrading to this edition, although the casual fan probably does not need to bother.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (172 out of 173)

    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered with better-than-original picture quality and 5.1 Audio
    • Includes new music video "Shout" remade by hit music group MxPx
    • "Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update": All-new mockumentary featuring the original cast
    • "Did You Know That?": Universal animated anecdotes about the original production of the film
    • "The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion"


    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

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