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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.
Blu-ray exclusive: Bio Caddyshack: The Inside Story--comprehensive feature-length 30th-anniversary documentary with the movie's cast and creators Caddyshack: The 19th Hole retrospective featurette Theatrical trailer
A welcome HD upgrade to the classic comedy. I don't think I need to go into the plot for Caddyshack and as such I'll review the Blu-ray disc itself. The new Blu-ray has a good HD transfer, it's not the cleanest print but I don't think it's going to get any better. The sound has also been remastered to a DTS Master Audio 5.1 lossless track which is nice and expands the sound stage from the previous mono only offerings. Although strangely the original mono track is missing.
The extras are included are the Theatrical Trailer (480i) and "Caddyshack: The 19th Hole" (480i) is ported over from the previous 20th Anniversary DVD. But the real highlight is "Bio - Caddyshack: The Inside Story" (HD 1080i), this new documentary is very informative and goes for over 80mins.
Overall an HD excellent upgrade over the older 20th Anniversary DVD.
Y'know, I get rather disgusted when I read reviews of movies like Caddyshack which describe it as "no-brainer" and "low-brow" (see the Amazon.com review, for example). The fact is that many so-called critics really don't have a clue when it comes to comedy movies of this type. Disrespect and irreverence for the establishment has been a staple of comedy movies for years. Are the only good comedies the light-hearted drivel that the likes of Grant and Hepburn made in the 30's? Of course not! Caddyshack features fine performances from Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and of course, the gopher. This motion picture is replete with sight gags and one-liners that to this day are repeated by afficianados of clever satire. You don't have to be a lowbrow to like this movie, and just because you think it's funny doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. Caddyshack and Animal House withstand the test of time as two of the funniest comedies ever made...and that stands for a lot! The next time you find someone who thinks you're a reprobate for liking this movie, get Carl the Greenskeeper to cut his hamstring...he'll never play golf again!
Hey, if you're reading this, you probably already know how hilarious Caddyshack is. I've gotta say I was disappointed when I purchased the 20th Anniversary DVD and it was the same thing as the 19th Anniversary VHS! I've never had the pleasure of seeing the TV version of this film, which from what I've read on other posts, has a lot of deleted footage. Why wasn't this footage included in the 20th DVD? In the trailer alone there's a bunch of scenes that aren't included in the film. How about including them? The bottom line is, while the film is great, we're starving for ALL the extra footage! I feel like I'm Spaulding and Warner Brothers is Judge Smails. "I want a hamburger, no...a cheeseburger, I want a hot dog, I want potato chips" -- "You'll get nothing and like it!" Give us more!
Of all the great comedy and spoof films of the early 1980's "Caddyshack" is beyond a doubt one of the more memorable flicks of the period that will probably never die with time. I would give this movie 5, or even 6 stars if I could, but I can't do it with the DVD version. This film is so poorly presented that it's a disgrace this was released in its present condition. The lettering and colours are washed out, the film is littered with scratches, specks of dirt and blotches that haven't been cleaned up, and it lacks 5.1 Dolby Digital. I agree with those who say the VHS version is superior because it is. Warner needs to clean up the film presentation, enhance the sound and release it in anamorphic/letterbox format in order to do this real justice. I hope they do this year on its 20th anniversary.
I loved Caddyshack since I first saw it, have seen it dozens of times. This review is geared more toward the new Blu-ray edition. Previous DVD editions, inluding the 19th Anniversary edition, were disappointments as they looked like VHS with little improvement to the picture quality. I'm glad to say that the Blu-ray edition finally improves on the picture quality. Although not 100% perfect, it looked pretty damn good for the most part on my 55" Samsung TV. I think the lighting was inconsistent when the film was made so there was only so much they could do.
On the Blu-Ray release, they've added a 1-hour+ documentary on the making of the movie that gives a lot more insight/information than previous editons of the DVD. They interview more cast members (not the "stars" but more of the bit players) and you get a better feel for how the movie was originally setup to be something similar to Animal House where the caddies rebelled against the country club elite. The movie then slowly morphed into what was released as one-by-one they brought in the big talent. Bill Murray was brought in late and was only supposed to have one scene but he wound up stealing the show. Most of the "story" about the caddies was cut, IIRC they said they had about 4.5 hours of footage. The only down side of the documentary is there is a lot of repetition and you sometimes wonder if you've gone back to the start because you see thee same photos multiple times.
All-in-all I think the Blu-ray is a MUST HAVE just for the picture quality improvement over previous DVDs (which su-su-su-sucked). The documentary, although repetitive, is also nice to have.
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