Animal House is an outrageously entertaining
DVD with John Belushi leading a pack of perfectly cast actors in an assault on the conventions of
college decorum. The wild-eyed Belushi, with his amazing manic energy, eats hamburgers at a single
push, is able to down whole bottles of liquid at a single tilt and generally makes Wimpy comic
sandwiches look like delicate finger food. And heís just one of the denizens of Delta House that
give Animal House itís own voice of comic anarchy.
Bluto grabs a snack. ©Universal
often sophomoric, yet delightfully ditzy comedy that turns college life on its ear is an exercise
in brilliant casting. Every actor is a natural for the part in which he is cast. More importantly,
any one who has ever gone to college has run into characters just like these, and some even more
bizarre. Part of the fun of Animal House is reliving college days in a different light. For younger viewers, seeing Animal House starts the
glands salivating for the day when they can start their college antics.
The minor story serves only as a platform from which the players can dive into campus
madness. Delta House, the lowest fraternity on the campus frat pole, is the bane of Dean Wormerís
existence. Faced with Wormerís warning that one more transgression of campus protocol will result
in disenfranchisement of the frat, the fellows of Delta House plunge ahead full steam in their
John Landis directs his group of actors
with great bonhomie. Belushi can soar as Bluto, Tim Matheson smarms his way through Otter, and
Stephen Furst and Mark Metcalf as Flounder and Neidermeyer have their moments in movie
A very handsome special edition, Animal House is delivered in its anarchic glory in anamorphic style. The humor is as stretched out as
the pictures. Colors are bright, interior details are illuminated. The mono sound is clean with
hilarious dialog easy to understand.
The original documentary prepared for this DVD release, The
Yearbook - An Animal House Reunion, is consistently entertaining. There are interviews with
many of the principals as well as on set footage that captures the wonder of the Animal House
experience. This isnít a typical promo pastiche but a full-blown tribute to the once in a
lifetime experience of Animal House.
Apocalypse Now is Coppola's distorted vision of war now on DVD in
gorgeous anamorphic images.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream is beautifully filmed with loving attention to detail.
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