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Animal House [UMD Mini for PSP] [US Import]

UMD Mini for PSP
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BXJ1U6

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A groundbreaking screwball caper, 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House was in its own way a rite of passage for Hollywood. Set in 1962 at Faber College, it follows the riotous carryings-on of the Delta Fraternity, into which are initiated freshmen Tom Hulce and Stephen Furst. Among the established house members are Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert and the late John Belushi as Bluto, a belching, lecherous, Jack Daniels guzzling maniac. A debauched house of pranksters (culminating in the famous Deathmobile sequence), Delta stands as a fun alternative to the more strait-laced, crew-cut, unpleasantly repressive norm personified by Omega House. As cowriter the late Doug Kenney puts it, "better to be an animal than a vegetable".

Animal House is deliberately set in the pre-JFK assassination, pre-Vietnam era, something not made much of here, but which would have been implicitly understood by its American audience. The film was an enormous success, a rude, liberating catharsis for the latter-day frathousers who watched it. However, decades on, a lot of the humour seems broad, predictable, boorish, oafishly sexist and less witty than Airplane!, made two years later in the same anarchic spirit. Indeed, although it launched the Hollywood careers of several of its players and makers, including Kevin Bacon, director John Landis, Harold Ramis and Tom Hulce, who went on to do fine things, it might well have been inadvertently responsible for the infantilisation of much subsequent Hollywood comedy. Still, there's an undeniable energy that gusts throughout the film and Belushi, whether eating garbage or trying to reinvoke the spirit of America "After the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour" is a joy.

On the DVD: Animal House comes to disc in a good transfer, presented in 1.85:1. The main extra is a featurette in which director John Landis, writer Chris Miller and some of the actors talk about the making of the movie. Interestingly, 23 years on, most of those interviewed look better than they did back in 1978, especially Stephen "Flounder" Furst. --David Stubbs



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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the music ? 20 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Although the film is as good as it always was. This DVD has been ruined by the complete changing of some of the music in the film. I counted at least four songs that have been changed, including Money, and the Sam Cooke song Wonderful World.
I have given this DVD 2 stars not the film as the original was 5 stars.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars animal house original music letdown! 20 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Just bought the new Animal House dvd. After all these years it's still a classic! Most people mention Belushi's performance but for me the underrated Tim Matheson as Otter steals the show. (Tim Matheson should've been a major star). However the big disappointment on this version is they've changed much of the music featured from the original film. No "Wonderful World", "Theme from a Summer Place", "Let's Dance" (from the foodfight scene). And what's worse they've replaced it with bland "modern" music and it's awful. This is the first time I've ever heard of this happening to film music. But at least they've kept Elmer Bernstein's classic original score. A superb film but one star deducted for the changes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind! 7 Dec 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Most films in National Lampoon's canon are interesting, funny in a fairly juvenile way, and you sometimes feel they are for Americans only.

This little devil, however, was amongst the first they made, and bucks all those later trends. You can easily watch it once a month, the humour is broad and black at the same time, and it's got such universal appeal, I've always wished I'd still been at Grammar school when it came out, so I could've tried a few tricks from the movie here. Unfortunately, I'd have been a peculiar retard to still be there aged 27!!

One good reason for its' success is the excellent weaseally performance of John Vernon as Dean Wormer. His crypto-Fascist efforts to squash Delta fraternities fun and excesses have remained ursurpassed, even by Alan Rickman as Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince of Thieves-talk about the pantomime villian incarnate.

But, of course, it helps to have a hero to match and finally outwit that villian. Luckily, it isn't an anaemic and tree-hugging one-it's the one and only John Belushi. There's probably no point in anyone else being on screen in every scene he's in-he just dominates events quite wonderfully.

I'll leave it there & not spoil the ending-let's just say the final battle between the WASP's and the anarachic Delta frat is something to behold, and beats Star Wars or Lord of the Rings hands down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original music! 16 May 2011
Format:DVD
The English version from 2001 (or feb. 4 2002) has the original music (Let's Dance in the foodfight scene).
It's in widescreen with black bars on top and bottom, and the picture is very dark. 104 min.
I prefer the new version even though 8 melodies (12 min. total) has been changed.
When a new version with the old music, fullscreen and more light arrives, I will buy it. But not before...
Maybe we could get a Directors Cut (120 min. +).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VIOLATED BEYOND BELIEF 2 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I should have known from reading one of the reviews warning me of changes in the music. I put this on for someone who had never seen it, hoping to enrich their lives a little, but its a completely different film without the original songs. John Landis should be arrested immediatley until he rectifies his classic, this versions a limping castrated tepid excuse for a film. The 'new' music is turgid, embarassing and makes me want to smash the disc into little pieces. At least we've still got Otis Day & the Knights 'Shout' thank god. Dammit I want my money back, now!! You have been warned!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great film ruined 1 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
Yes, they removed all the original, and classic, music from the film. When I looked it up on the internet - it happened for copyright reasons apparently.

Although the film is still great, the lack of hit music from that period really robs the movie of its charm. This was always a madcap comedy, but it is also a sweet and touching film. The characters are such great fun and it is still sad to see John Belushi at the height of his comedy powers when he was just making his big break.

A classic, that has been tragically mauled for the DVD release.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class of its own! 19 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Sorry about the title.
Animal house is a timeless classic, a comedy that draws on raw physical humour to form an empathetic band of beer-drinking, women-ogling outcasts in their pursuit of mindless anarchy. The film is a deft and clever parody of the American college system, an occassionally disgusting blueprint for teen movies to come. No Animal House, no American Pie. It's that simple.
Next to comedy classics of a similar vintage, like Airplane! or Blazing Saddles, Animal House can appear crude and simplistic, but that is the entire point of the film. The hilarious take on inspirational speeches by John Belushi ('Let's do it!'), the sparkling rendition of 'Jump' by Otis Day and the anarchic, gag-ridden finale combine in a glorious, technicolour celebration of 60s rebellion- and not a peace badge in sight.
Each character in the movie is a parody in itself, and the way they interact showcases extremes of college lifestyles brilliantly. The film has moments of obvious symbolism and mild racial undertones without being overtly political, and besides, it seems unfair to judge a comedy so dependent on accessibility from a philosophical standpoint. Whilst many teen comedies now seek to establish vague moral undertones (and often become saccharine in the process), Animal House continues to break the mould by being a no holds barred gross-out. If you want a no-brainer, outlandishly funny and parody-laden comedy, then Animal House is still the best on offer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny!
When I was at university, a favourite film of mine was “Kentucky Fried Movie”. A year later, in 1978, the same team released a second film, “Animal House”, which I loved even... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic hugely enjoyable film with cult status!
This film is a sensational spoof based around a delinquent fraternity house (Delta Tau Chi), who's inhabitants; formed from an assortment of misfits and undesirables, attempt to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wordsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch it
The disc is fine, but my dad showed me this supposedly a classic, but it was not that funny really...
Published 8 months ago by Tanveer
5.0 out of 5 stars National lampoon's animal house
I enjoyed film very much was a good laugh sat and watched with couple of friends who said they would go and buy it. Xx
Published 10 months ago by debbie whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for husband
A blast from the past which always makes my husband laugh - mostly because he relates some of the characters to colleagues at work!
Published 11 months ago by Tink24
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal House
Bought as an update from my video collection. Still funny years later, with the great John Belushi and very nice, and young! Tim Matheson.
Published 12 months ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Belushi et al
This film seems to get better with age. Make sure you buy THIS version of the movie however, as more recent versions have a different sound track which in my opinion detracts from... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Instructor
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMEDY CLASSIC.
The first and,in my opinion,the best National Lampoon movie.One of the many high points in the late John Belushi's tragically short life. Read more
Published 21 months ago by deadkat77
2.0 out of 5 stars Over rated
Lots of friends recommended Animal House to me. They love it but I found it pretty poor with John Belushi the only strong cast member. So many better comedies out there.
Published on 23 July 2011 by Mr. Richard Rosson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
Must have watched this over 50 times. Always makes me laugh. Silly, smutty, very funny. Exactly what you need to brighten your day.
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by Smiler
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