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National Lampoon's Animal House [Blu-ray] (1978)

John Belushi , Tom Hulce , John Landis  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Belushi, Tom Hulce
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS-HD 2.0), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Italian (DTS-HD 2.0), French (DTS-HD 2.0), Spanish (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N9ASEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Animal House [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

U-Control™: Picture in Picture Scene Companion. U-Control™: The Music of Animal House -- Identify songs from the film and create a custom playlist. The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion. Where Are They Now?  A Delta Alumni Update. Scene It?  Animal House Games. Theatrical Trailer. BD-Live™ -- Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more. My Scenes -- Bookmark your favorite scenes. pocket BLU™ App -- Experience an exciting new way with the app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and now enhanced for iPad®.

Editorial Reviews

Starring comedy legend John Belushi, National Lampoon’s Animal House is the ultimate college movie filled with food fights, fraternities and toga parties! Follow the uproarious escapades of the Delta House fraternity as they take on Dean Wormer (John Vernon), the sanctimonious Omegas, and the entire female student body. Directed by John Landis (The Blues Brothers), the most popular college comedy of all-time also stars Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce and Stephe Furst along with Otis Day and the Knights performing their show-stopping rendition of ‘Shout’.

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146 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Take Note! April 9, 2009
By Doug
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Buyer Take Note! I've been a fan of this movie since its theatrical release in 1978 and give the movie five stars. However, National Lampoon's Animal House 30th Anniversary Edition (30AE) is simply a re-release, and the third dip on DVD, has nothing significantly new to offer from the previous release and my rating is for the 30AE release. The two documentary extras have been carried over from the 2003 Double Secret Probation Edition (DSPE). It does return the trailer from the 1998 Collector's Edition (CE). New to this release is a lame Scene It? game. Missing are two extras from the DSPE, the Shout music video and a text commentary of anecdotes. One improvement from the DSPE is that on the 30AE you are not forced to watch movie trailers before you get to the main menu. Universal appears to be repackaging this film every five years. The 30AE should have delivered all the previous extras and an audio commentary by the director, writers and cast. The trailer is amusing, but is it worth buying the 30AE if you already own the DSPE? The deciding factors appear to be whether you want the text commentary and everything on one disc or the trailer and the same contents spread over two discs. I would say skip the 30AE if you already own the DSPE. Maybe in five years we will get an ultimate edition of this movie on whatever video format is in use then. Here's a comparison of all three versions of Animal House on DVD:

1998 Collector's Edition:
The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion
Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Filmmaker's Bios
Web Links

2003 Double Secret Probation Edition:
Digitally Remastered
Anamorphic Widescreen
Music Video "Shout" Remade By Hit Group MxPx!
Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update
Did You Know That?
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169 of 197 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forced Advertisements November 21, 2003
Universal has decided to shove advertisements down our throats. Viewers CANNOT skip past the advertisements. You cannot skip to the DVD menu/title, nor can you jump to any chapters until the long previews have been completed. This is insane. Boycott this DVD.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Love Animal House The Movie. I Hate This DVD. May 10, 2005
I must have seen this movie 20 times as a kid.

Could not wait to watch the DVD:

- HEY! What's with all the commercials?

- WHERE did I leave the remote?

- WHY isn't remote control working? SMACK, SMACK, SLAM, SMACK!

- WAIT a minute, the remote is working. The DVD must be locked!

WOW! What jerk thought up this new torture?

It's one thing if you decide to watch the previews.

This is just cruel...

I wish I had read the other reviews before buying this DVD.

My excitement was dead by the time the movie started.

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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible edition ... April 15, 2004
You absolutely must refuse to buy this edition because it is front-loaded with 10 minutes of unskippable commercials. And you must post horrible reviews here for that very reason, as well as complain in writing to Universal. Otherwise your apathy will allow Universal to continue putting this spam in front of all its releases, and the other studios will follow. (And while I'm on this subject, please don't be afraid to boo the product/service commercials they show at the beginnings of movies in theatres. Let management know that you're outraged.)

Animal House is definitely a classic, although I agree with those who've commented that it hasn't spawned anything particularly positive. Still, the movie on it's own terms is a riot, and I'd rate it about four and a half stars. So buy a used copy of the out-of-print original Collector's Edition (with the metallic blue cover) either here on Amazon or on eBay. But this particular version needs to be buried forever with the ground salted above it.
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212 of 250 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, but the forced ads are what kill it! January 13, 2004
First off, I love Animal House. There is no reason for me to even explain the movie. Animal House and the Blues Brothers are the best Landis/Belushi movies of all time. There are some special features such as a "Where are they now" featurette featuring many of the original cast (except Belushi of course). But, even those features and this excellent movie cannot save this DVD from a one-star rating.

As others have stated, not being able to skip the adds at the beginning of the DVD is a poor marketing decision. They did the same with American Wedding, but at least, I can hit stop on my DVD player to stop the DVD, whereas with Animal House, I have to turn off my DVD player. Very poor.

I have already written to Universal Studios about my displeasure with their decision for both Animal House and American Wedding and have informed them that unless they change their tactics, I refuse to purchase another Universal DVD release and that hundreds of other purchasers feel the same, based on reviews at

Stay away from this if you absolutely feel that not being able to skip the adds is wrong. Otherwise, be prepared to sit through 5+ minutes of commercials for other Universal movies. Your best bet is to go make some popcorn and come back. At that point, it should be done and then you can enjoy this excellent, funny parody of life in a frat house in the late 60s.

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