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Meatballs [Blu-ray] (1979)

Bill Murray , Harvey Atkin , Ivan Reitman  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham, Kristine DeBell
  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Daniel Goldberg, Harold Ramis, Janis Allen, Len Blum
  • Producers: André Link, Daniel Goldberg, John Dunning
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007P9HWE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meatballs [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Murray is at his hilarious best in this classic comedy that's 'Animal House goes to summer camp' - (Newsweek). Murray plays Tripper, the wisecracking, rule-bending head counselor at Camp North Star. Whether playing pranks on Camp North Star's clueless director, wooing a female counselor, or scheming against the rich brats of a rival camp, Tripper delivers fun and mayhem in a laugh-filled summer his campers will remember forever!

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2007 SPECIAL EDITION May 31, 2007
Format:DVD
Update: Just received mine last week (6/14/07) and it is ONE disc, not two. Picture quality is BEAUTIFUL! The night scenes are actually not one big black blob!

Just an update on the 2007 2-disc Special Edition of Meatballs, since Amazon is not providing any information and all the reviews on this page deal with the less than stellar previous dvd release. The 2007 Special Edition is digitally remastered in Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic). It is in 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo [CC] and it features subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

DVD Features:
- Commentary with Director Ivan Reitman
- "Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs" Featurette

Amazingly, no theatrical trailer is included. Also available in Blu-Ray.

Technical Specs:
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 - Digitally Re-mastered
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, You Have a Good Summer, Too February 21, 2000
Format:DVD
This is one of my favorite movies from childhood, and I still love it (I'm now 27).
Bill Murray is terrific as head counselor Tripper Harrison in this warm and funny feel-great movie. All of the players in the ensemble cast are good, and the music is also really effective. If you like summer, good times, goofy humor, if you were born in the seventies (or even if you weren't) check out "Meatballs". It's a great way to spend a Friday evening--make something strange for a midnight snack and put on "Meatballs".
As for the DVD transfer, here are a couple of comments:
1. It does include the trailer. 2. It's a "matted" widescreen version, which means you actually see less than you do on the full-screen VHS version, because they simply lay black bars across the top and bottom of the full-screen image (I compared the two versions scene-to-scene). 3. For some reason, some of the music has been changed in the DVD version. I found this unfortunate, because the music is one of my favorite parts of the movie. Whenever the song "Meatballs" plays, for instance, an alternate version is played. Also, the "Makin' It" song at the "big social" scene is cut differently.
Aside from these few complaints, I'll still give the disc five stars, because I love the movie so much.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Summer Camp Movie Ever April 28, 2003
Format:DVD
As a person who spent many of my summers at camp I found this movie to be excellent. It also doesn't hurt that this movie stars Bill Murray...one of my favorites. I've owned this movie on VHS for many years now and have watched it numerous times. I just bought the DVD and noticed that the actual song titled "Meatballs" (originally written and performed by Rick Dees) is different than it is on the VHS version. The DVD version is actually sung (or more like halfway spoken/rapped) by Bill Murray himself. There is also about ten seconds of footage added at the end of the cafeteria scene that isn't on the VHS. Not much, but to a fan of the movie it's kind of cool. I wish the DVD had more features on it (like deleted scenes), but none the less this is still probably the best camp movie you could ask for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Ivan Reitman's 1979 comedy hit stars Bill Murray, who effortlessly parades around campgrounds and cliches found in many a kids' outdoor comedy, in this warm and satisfying summer-camp classic, packed with all the genre hallmarks one would anticipate.

You may have seen other movies like it, but "Meatballs" is still the seminal camp movie, with its semi-raunchy humor (you'd never see a PG rated kids comedy now with as much adult material as this), fun mix of Elmer Bernstein score and songs (many written by Elmer and Norman Gimbel), and steady stream of laughs making for a good time for one and all.

Surprisingly, "Meatballs" had something of a turbulent post-production process. Reitman's original version of the film focused mostly on the adventures of the various camp counselors, but when the director went to cut the film down, taking out nearly an hour of footage, he found himself with a 70 minute feature that needed "more." The director then decided to develop more material around the relationship between Murray's counselor and young Chris Makepeace, resulting in an enhanced emotional center at the heart of the picture (those scenes also stand out since Makepeace looks noticeably older).

An independent production that's bounced around various video labels over the years, "Meatballs" was last issued by Sony in a Special Edition DVD that included a decent retrospective documentary. That edition was supposed to be released on Blu-Ray but never happened, leaving fans to wait until this excellent new Lionsgate HD package materialized. While the BD lacks the Sony documentary and other extras (it does retain a fascinating commentary track with Reitman and co-writer Dan Goldberg), the 1080p transfer is spectacular: crisp, colorful, and freed of DNR.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor and compassion April 18, 2005
Format:DVD
Murray's interactions with the boy are so good that I used excerpts from the film for a final exam on basic counseling I taught at a graduate school - the students had to identify the techniques used by Tripper and suggest alternatives. This may be a far more educational portrayal of counseling than any of the wierd therapist-involved movies Hollywood has produced over the past decade.

Beyond all that, this is a film of good-natured humor that has sympathy for its characters. Among the very best things that Bill Murray ever did.

And where is Tripper today when we need him?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Meatballs [HD] Movie
This was a great movie with Bill Murray and recommend to any one wanting a great to watch and enjoy
Published 1 day ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This was always one of my favorites growing up. Classic Bill Murray. I would recommend this to anyone who is a Murray fan..
Published 2 days ago by volsfan39
5.0 out of 5 stars Warmth of teenage years that's very hard to find
Spaz gets the girl and the Girl gets him. The quiet, withdrawn, bookish-boy is gently pulled into deep a deep friendship he'll never forget and, just as important, he gets invited... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dan Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Reagan Era Summer Fun that Still Delivers
Many will find this one dated, hopelessly tied to an era long past. Maybe those people are right, but I don't care. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Anthony Lombardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fun
Fun movie that brings back nostalgia, back when times were simpler. Any day is a good day for Meatballs.Good times.
Published 16 days ago by Salvador Serrano Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Love to watch this movie in the spring time, Makes me think of times in my youth at summer camp in the 70s.
Published 21 days ago by David Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
I watched this as a young teenager and always loved it My Husband had watched it for the first time and also enjoyed it
Published 23 days ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this movie
a great movie, lots of fun glad we could find it on blu ray, thank you very much

enjoy lkj
Published 1 month ago by terrance e c oneill
4.0 out of 5 stars Still makes laugh.
I remember this movie when I was younger and it made me laugh then. Even now it still makes me laugh.
Published 1 month ago by Darlene Alvarado
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray proves that he can make a movie incredible!
Now, this movie was more what Mike Glickman AKA - "The Stomach" or "Larry Finkelstein" wanted to see. Camp? Groovy girls? He liked it!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Harrison
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