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Caddyshack [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CRM6PA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A purely tasteless, moronic, guilty pleasure. Director Harold Ramis employs a mixture of Mad magazine National Lampoon maturity and Saturday Night Live sarcasm in this goofball golf comedy set on the grounds of a posh country club. Somewhere buried in the slapstick antics, drug references, Marx Brothers-like insults, and gratuitous sex scenes are the intertwined, forgettable subplots of a poor caddie (Michael O'Keefe) trying to earn enough cash to attend college, and golf-tournament and class battles between rich and even richer snobs. Mainly, Ramisjust lets his colourful group of eccentrics crash into each other, relying on several inspired performances to create several hilarious moments of sketch comedy. Most come from the trio of Bill Murray (playing a vile, obsessed groundskeeper engaged in a one-man war with a charismatic and very stuffed gopher), Rodney Dangerfield (basically recreating his crude stand-up routine), and Chevy Chase (who looks bemusedly stoned throughout). Quotable favourites include Murray's acted-out fantasy of winning the Masters, his tall tale about caddying for the Dalai Lama, an overreaching priest's rain-soaked golf game, Dangerfield's verbal assault on the club's uptight dining patrons, and Chase's lesson on the essence of golf ("Be the ball, Danny"). A perfect double feature with other comparably crass films such as National Lampoon's Vacation or Stripes. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

Synopsis

The greenskeeper is about to start World War III - against a gopher. The judge plays to win but his nubile niece has her mind set on scoring her own way. The playboy shoots perfect golf by pretending he is the ball. And the country club loudmouth just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray tee off for a side-splitting round of fairway foolishness that does for golf what Animal House did for college fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

Customer Reviews

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Caddyshack is one of those films that people either love or hate, few are ambivalent. It is highly satirical slapstick, and having played golf in my youth (thanks to very generous student rates) I recognised many of the stereotypes parodied in the film as being echoes of some of the more memorable characters I had met on the courses.

The film might be regarded as cruel and crass by those who are pretentious or like-minded to those being lampooned, but for a simple minded outsider like me it is side-splittingly funny.

The image quality on my DVD (bought in 2004) was good enough that I did not notice any shortcomings, and the sound was satisfactory, but there were no significant extras. However, having lost (lent?) the DVD, I recently bought the Bluray and this is noticeably better with 16x9 wide-screen 1.85:1 full HD picture and DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound for the English speech version.

One of the main problems with the film is that it is somewhat disjointed, and I only found out much later that it is essentially cut down from a much larger work. When one buys the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray the extras explain this and give more background and material in the feature length documentary 'Bio: Caddyshack the Inside Story', and in the featurette 'Caddyshack: the 19th hole'.

So don't buy the DVD, buy the Bluray.
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I first saw this back in the early 80s and although it was indisputably crude and juvenile it appealed to my own crude, juvenile sense of humour. It sort of dropped off my radar for years until I got talking to a work mate about films we remembered from childhood and Caddyshack cropped up as a shared highlight. We then spent the next few weeks trying to drop in quotes from the movie into conversations and memos.

So it's difficult for me to be objective about this one. I can see that the jokes are mostly lame, the subplots are predictable and the acting rarely rises above the adequate. But I still can't help laughing like a drain whenever I watch it.

It's probably one for nostalgists who remember when we thought Chevy Chase was funny and when Bill Murray made comedies. I do understand how this film will leave a lot of people stone faced - so maybe it's a rent before you try. But, for the rest of us this is a guilty pleasure.

Bring on the dancing gopher
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a worthy upgrade if you are a fan of this film. the picture and sound quality are very good, but you will really appreciate when you compare it to a DVD version of the film. The difference is truly night and day.

The film is very very good and genuinely funny, but episodic and sketchy with no real narrative flow. Watching the bonus features explain why the film seems a bit random at times and I appreciate it even more now - its almost a surprise it got completed at all!

Where this Blu Ray really shines is the absolutely brilliant bonus material, an 80 minute documentary (one of the best special features I have ever watched for any film) with some brutal honesty and alot of information that was new to me. You also get another similar 30 minute documentary with some out-takes scattered throughout.

Never seem this film? Give it a shot.
Never owned it but want to? Get this Blu Ray version.
Have it on DVD and wonder if its worth the upgrade? 100% yes.
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I bought this DVD yesterday, having enjoyed "Caddyshack II" and vaguely remembering bits of this one. I must admit - the film is absolutely hilarious! I can't really describe it's highlights through fear of spoiling it for everyone. Bill Murray is great as the dopey, Gopher-hunting Carl Spackler and Rodney Dangerfield's role as Al Czervik raises many laughs at the expense of Judge Smails (played by Ted Knight). Prude old ladies, hyperactive young caddies, pompous rich 'high-society' snobs, gophers... none of them are safe from Caddyshack's jokes. One brilliant film!
Only one moan - surely they could've at least fit one special feature onto the disc á la "Blazing Saddles"?
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Format: Blu-ray
So now you've got that going for you, which is nice.

Inspired by Brian Doyle-Murray's experiences as a caddy in his youth, this wild, anarchic film is about more than just golf. Without a doubt, it's my favorite comedy, and might even be one of the greatest movies of all time. There is not a single scene without comedic chaos.

Director Harold Ramis is barely able to contain the insanity. There is honestly so much in Caddyshack, there's enough for ten movies, hardly surprising since the first draft of the screenplay was 199 pages long while the first cut of the film run for 310 minutes. I imagine that there's enough cut out to make whole new Caddyshack movies. There are about five different plots developing at once throughout the movie, the funniest of which is Carl Spackler's (having been licensed to kill by the 'Government of the United Nations') attempts to assassinate a rogue gopher tearing up the golf course.

Each and every actor battles with each other, and it's hard to nail down exactly who runs away with the movie, but if I absolutely HAD to choose, I'd say that Rodney Dangerfield's sleazy, slobbish, overly-friendly, and gratuitously tipping character is the most wonderful thing about it. He is the perfect foil for Judge Smails (an utterly perfectly-cast Ted Knight), a pompous, bad-tempered, self-important hypocrite who wants to reserve the pretentious Bushwood Country Club for snobs and gentlemen (despite being far from a gentleman himself).

If you like comedy quotes, Caddyshack is a goldmine. There are hundreds, literally hundreds, of lines worthy of repeating in real life. You could literally get by, from cradle to the grave, just quoting Caddyshack, and it would bring you nothing but pure happiness and good fortune.

The Blu Ray features a 1080p 1.78:1 picture that is a HUUUUGE step-up from the DVD, with DTS HD-MA sound, and loads of extras.
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