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National Lampoon's Animal House - Collector's Edition (1978)

John Belushi , Tim Matheson , John Landis  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller
  • Producers: Matty Simmons, Ivan Reitman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783229321
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Animal House - Collector's Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

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    One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made food fights an art form and John Belushi a star. This raunchy, screwball comedy directed with madcap zest by John Landis offers a relentless spoof of 1960s college life by following the hilarious adventures of the Delta fraernity. There's nothing this motley collection of students won't do to get the best of Dean Wormer who secretly conspires to revoke Delta's charter. In addition to Belushi as the guitar bashing, beer can smashing, garbage eating Bluto Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes head skirt-chaser Tim Matheson, innocent freshman Tom Hulce and Stephen "Flounder" Furst, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of "Shout".

    This is one of those movies that works for all the wrong reasons--disgusting, lowbrow, base humor that we are all far too sophisticated to find amusing. So, just don't tell anyone you still think it's a riot to watch John Belushi as the brutish Bluto slurp Jell-O or terrorize his less-aggressive fellow students. This crude parody of college life in the '60s spawned many imitations, but none could match the fresh-faced talent or bad taste of this huge box office success. (Remember all those toga parties in the '80s?) The first of the National Lampoon movies, this was originally released as National Lampoon's Animal House. Keep an eye out for a very young Kevin Bacon in his first credited screen appearance. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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    148 of 160 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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    170 of 198 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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    80 of 91 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
    By PF
    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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    69 of 78 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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    213 of 251 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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