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Back to School [Blu-ray] (1986)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00538M09I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Rodney Dangerfield (Caddyshack) stars in the Extra-Curricular Edition of this uproarious college classic "sure to be cherished by all his fans" (Los Angeles Times). "A good-natured potpourri of gags, funny bits, populist sentiment and anti-intellectualism." (The New York Times). Thornton Melon's (Dangerfield) life isn't making the grade. His wife's a sleazy socialite, he made his fortune being "Tall and Fat" and he never even got a high school diploma. So when he finds his unhappy and unpopular son about to quit college, the solution to all Melon's problems becomes clear... enroll at the school himself! But as the flamboyant father struggles to aid his son, he can't help becoming the college cool kid as he turns the university upside-down and gives academia a lesson in laughter!

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell, Rodney, You've Graduated At Last October 6, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As the word reaches us that Rodney Dangerfield has died without waking up from his coma, we take this occasion to salute him by viewing one more time his comedy classic, "BACK TO SCHOOL." Adrienne Barbeau is in it, playing a trophy wife of yesteryear, grasping and unfaithful, she's only in it for the money any more. Thornton Melon runs a men's store called, "TALL AND FAT," and I would have liked to see a whole sequel to BACK TO SCHOOL that focussed on the day to day life of running this haberdashery. Anyway he's rich enough to be able to afford to hire Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. to write a term paper for him. Sam Kinison is in the movie too as the history professor--crazy and out of this world! And Sally Kellerman is more subdued than usual playing Diane Turner, the English professor who, in a memorable scene, makes Rodney analyze the meaning of Dylan Thomas' famous poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."

Robert Downey Jr is in the movie too, he's always good for a laugh or two. And Keith Gordon plays the son, maybe his best part after the young son of Angie Dickinson in DRESSED TO KILL. But most of all the picture belongs to the one and only Rodney Dangerfield. Rodney, we will miss your attitude and your "I get no respect" whining. You always saw things the way the common man did. We salute you for your tremendous achievements. As Dylan Thomas said,

"And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but make sure you get the NEWER DVD release! June 12, 2004
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Format:DVD
After his appearance on Leno recently, it seems Rodney Dangerfield is losing his touch due to age and his admitted pot smoking. He still had it in Back to School, however. This has always been a good way to spend 90 minutes or so to get some laughs. Along with Caddyshack and Easy Money, it's his best work.
Be careful of which DVD version you buy. There are two floating around out there and they both look the same until you make a close inspection of the back cover. MGM quietly slipped this new transfer out there with the same cover without as much as a peep. The original copy was non-anamorphic widescreen and was a poor transfer with some framing issues. The new one is a great improvement with anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Surround Sound. You have to look at the bottom left of the back cover. You will see 16:9 Widescreen 1.85:1 versus the old one which did not have the '16:9' printed above the word Widescreen. The free booklet with the older copy was nice but the new anamorphic transfer and 5.1 trump the importance of the little booklet included in the older DVD release. I don't know why they didn't throw in the old booklet but its importance is negligible. You don't buy DVDs for booklets anyway.
One more thing. Always buy DVD releases of films in their OAR(Original Aspect Ratio). Don't buy Fullscreen copies if the movie was originally released in Widescreen to theaters. The only time you should buy (Fullscreen, 1.33:1, 4X3) is if that was the OAR, which is usually only television these days and much older films from the early 50's and beyond. Why would you want to watch a film with the sides chopped off? You'll learn to live with the 'black bars' and realize that you're not losing any picture on the top or bottom.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC! Dangerfield's best! September 22, 2002
Format:DVD
This is one of those movies I can watch every six months because of the great humor and story Dangerfield stars in. Dangerfield goes back to college to be closer to his son and the funny one-liners and humor really come together in this funny and intriguing comedy. I also enjoyed Dangerfield's acting in which he has to earn the respect of his son at school and how he cares about father-and-son issues. I think Dangerfield is at his best here and it's unfortunate we haven't seen another film like this from him and I simply have to call this film a comedy classic!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Coming three years after making a big splash with his first-ever starring role, in the 1983 Horror classic CHRISTINE, Keith Gordon returned in this, the 1986 Comedy classic BACK TO SCHOOL, starring one of the most beloved comedians of all time, Rodney Dangerfield.
The story actually begins in 1940, where young Thornton Meloni (Jason Hervey, who would become famous two years later as Fred Savage's older brother on the TV show "The Wonder Years") is being exhorted by his immigrant father to stay in school and not to take over his tailoring business. The kid ends up not listening to him and becomes a high school dropout, taking over the business and changing it to a "Tall & Fat Store" while taking the "i" off the end of his last name and making a fortune. The fifty-something adult Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is having an awful second marriage to Vanessa (Adrienne Barbeau in full vamp mode), but is proud of his college freshman son Jason (Keith Gordon), whom he thinks is in a popular fraternity and on the school's diving team. Soon after arriving for a surprise visit, however, Jason admits the truth that he's not in a frat, is not popular and is, in fact, the 'towel boy' for the diving team. Jason wants to leave school because it's not going the way he thought it would. The tall, beautiful Valerie (Terry Farrell) won't even notice him, and his roommate and only friend Derek (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a complete weirdo with wild hairstyles that appear to change daily. Rich Dad has an idea: he'll enroll as a freshman himself and that will influence Jason to have a better time and to stay in school!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping
Fast shipping. Exactly what was posted and what was delivered
Published 11 hours ago by Leslie@87
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny!
Published 1 day ago by bsimboli
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodney Dangerfield at this best; nuff said...
If you loved Caddyshack because of the relentless comedy stylings of Rodney Dangerfield then this is the next thing you should buy. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Beantown Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very funny movie. I first saw it many years ago and I still enjoy it.
Published 13 days ago by Michael Morelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for everybody!
Hilarious, studious, educational, and entertaining! The oldest freshman on campus is the most savvy. But don't tell that to Kurt Vonnegut! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lewis Sofman
5.0 out of 5 stars Greater than Citizen Kane
Greater than Citizen Cane, the Godfather, or any other film ever made. This, to me, is the essence toward which all Hollywood film making must strive.
Published 1 month ago by Conan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie
Very funny, a little dated now, you need to understand the time frame of the movie. This is Rodney Dangerfield's best comedy, better than Caddyshack because there's more Rodney.
Published 1 month ago by Jolly Roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic
Published 1 month ago by Alyssa Bellows
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the funniest movies from the 1980s.
Published 1 month ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dumb! I loved it!
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