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National Lampoon [Old Version]

by GIT Corp
Windows Vista / NT / 2000 / XP, Mac
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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Product Features

  • A total of 246 original magazines from 1970 through 1998.
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON began as a publishing venture in 1970, led by comic geniuses Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and magazine publisher Matty Simmons.
  • The magazine quickly established itself as the most shocking, subversive, and unpredictable mass-circulation magazine ever,
  • From revolutionizing the magazine industry to launching the careers of some of comedy's most honored performers and writers,
  • From movies to books to radio to TV to the web, the NATIONAL LAMPOON has been breaking the barriers of humor and good taste since its inception.
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON has forever changed the face of humor ¿ and American culture.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / NT / 2000 / XP, Mac
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 90012
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 26, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,408 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

National Lampoon Monthly Magazine Collection

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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half of a product December 7, 2007
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National Lampoon at this point is an icon. To people of a certain age, they remember the counter-culture magazine that pushed the boundaries in every conceivable direction. For younger people, the name is associated with cheesy titillation movies. The magazine itself was usually funny, and had a bit of an underground cachet about it.

Well, they've brought it back in the form of a bunch of PDF files that take about 7 gigabytes on a DVD-ROM. It's basically every page of every issue, including (thankfully!) the ads which tended towards stereo equipment, male "protection", beer & liquor, and cigarette ads. [personally, I love the old stereo receiver ads because they had a couple that I wanted to buy, couldn't afford, and by the time I could, they didn't make them anymore!]

It works fine on a windows PC, and I'm guessing it would work fine on a Mac, provided you installed the Adobe reader.

But there are two problems. First, the scans are only fair. It looks like in some cases the magazines themselves were damaged, but even when that didn't happen, the quality is no better than you or I just scanning a magazine at home. However, what really spoils this collection is that there was no attempt to turn this into something that was searchable and indexable because each page is simply a photograph of the page with no attempt at OCR or transcription.

And while it doesn't spoil a trip down memory lane, it does make you wish they'd spent more money, asked for $10 more and given us something that would be a lot more fun.

As it is, for those who remember, it's a trip worth every penny of the $33 Amazon is asking for it. But it frustrates you because it could have been so much more.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality art and writing marred by lousy scans December 10, 2007
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I was really excited to finally have a collection of these classic issues in their entirety.

It would have been even better if they were readable.

Some scans were cropped too tightly, and cut off text or parts of a photograph. Other scans had crummy exposure, resulting in dark photos and filled-in, unreadable reverse type. Some scans went the other direction, rendering black print as light gray. And still other scans are inexplicably blurry.

It's not just the photos and drawings that suffer, either. The scans were done at too low a resolution to capture the small type in some of the articles and ads, so you'll have a hard time reading those.

Quality control on the final scans is nonexistent. No attempt was made to correct density levels or colors on any of the scanned pages -- or even to match densities on double-page spreads. The result is an annoying mish-mash of too-light or too-dark pages with wildly varying brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color density. By what amounts to sheer luck, some of the pages look, eh, not bad.

A few of the scanned magazines had leftover bind-in ad inserts attached to them, and these inserts were inexcusably scanned as pages in and of themselves. Sheesh!

Clearly, this is a slapped-together project straight out of an automated scanning farm. It might have been better if the publisher of this compilation had outsourced the scanning of these magazines to some offshore outfit that could have hand-corrected the images as they came off the scanner. It probably would have only cost pennies per magazine to vastly improve the scan quality.

Bottom line, this collection is a great concept with a deeply flawed execution. It's a disappointment.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER THAN NOTHING November 6, 2007
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Having had great difficulty finding reasonably-priced original National Lampoon Magazines, I was looking forward to this product which claimed to have EVERY ISSUE scanned. The deluxe glossy packaging is better than expected, including the famous "We'll Kill This Dog" dog on the cover.

As for the DVD-ROM itself, it initially WOULD NOT stay in my disc drive (I use an Apple iMac - OS 10.4) - there was obviously something wrong with the disc...however, after several tries the DVD-ROM stayed in my computer...though the disc continues to resist staying in my drive...in other words, it dosn't seem to like Macs

It seems best to use the Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer supplied on the disc...when using Apple's PREVIEW program to view the PDFs I got ugly "National Lampoon" watermarks on all of the scans. However, when using Adobe Acrobat everything was fine and the watermarks are now gone.

As for the scans, they're decent but definitely look like they were taken from actual old magazines and not the original magazine lay-out "boards" - sometimes words are cut-off and the general coloration of the scans is brown-ish and a little dark

But ultimately the important thing is the comedy material of the magazine and that holds up very well. It's especially nice to see the many cartoons, satirical ads (and the real ads, too which are included)

Overall, it's a package worth buying and a good value.

Several other Nat Lamp projects are NOT included (High School Yearbook, Newspaper parody) - but it looks like these side projects are all being released separately in book form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
National Lampoon was unmatched for absolutely unbridled and irreverent humor. This collection is a must for fans!
Published 2 months ago by Sam Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Brings back memories. I have a lot of reading to do. I love it.
Published 10 months ago by Ron S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
I bought this specifically for a story I read over forty years ago, "An Anglo-saxons Yuletide Tale. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bill 51773
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
The content on the DVD doesn't seem any different than what you can get for FREE (and in other formats) from the Internet Archive
Published 17 months ago by Nate Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars I crib bits of humor from old issues of NatLamp and nobody knows the...
National Lampoon was the original, and I enjoyed it from age 15 to age 18. The scans are of poor quality - you think they could have saved the original PDFs and we could look at it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tom Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to collect magazines
How you enjoy this disc depends on your view of National Lampoon. But it sure is nice to have every issue ever printed on one disc instead of sitting on three shelves or filling... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ABCD1000
2.0 out of 5 stars Only had the 1970s magazines
The advertisement and the box indicated that this had multiple years of National Lampoon. I was looking for material in an issue from the 80s. Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by Larry B
4.0 out of 5 stars Scanning
could have been scaned and formated better, but still a lot of good reading, the ads are a walk through time
Published on February 13, 2013 by jack s. stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the complete NATIONAL LAMPOON Magazine on disc in PDF file format
It's the complete NATIONAL LAMPOON Magazine on disc in PDF file format

If you remember and love the old NATIONAL LAMPOON Magazine, you are going to love this!!!! Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by Bruce Yarbor
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality product definitely not ready for prime time
The watermarks are really obnoxious - they ruin the whole thing. In a misguided attempt to prevent copyright infringement, they've created a product no one in their right mind... Read more
Published on December 2, 2012 by D. Hines
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