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Stripes [VHS] (1981)

Bill Murray , John Candy , Ivan Reitman  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles
  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Daniel Goldberg, Len Blum
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: July 8, 1994
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302800412
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bill Murray was heading toward a career peak on the back of comedies such as this one from 1981, the second film in his ongoing collaboration with director Ivan Reitman (the two went on to make Ghostbusters). Murray plays a chronic loser who joins the army and fails to find a fan for his ironic sensibilities in his by-the-book sergeant (Warren Oates). When push comes to shove, however, the smirking hero takes charge of his ragtag unit and turns them into fighting machines, albeit to the rhythm of hit songs by Manfred Mann and Sly Stone. The film is occasionally funny, but it mostly plays like any one of a dozen underachieving comedies featuring players from Saturday Night Live and SCTV. --Tom Keogh

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripes (Extended Cut) DVD 2005 June 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Nope! It's NOT just the same movie - simply put:
You haven't actually seen Bill Murray's 'STRIPES' until you obtain this 2005 re-release DVD!

The bonus scenes featured DOES INDEED answer various inquiries we once had re this comedy:
e.g. - why are those 2 guys ALONE sitting against the EM-50 in Italy before they take it for a spin?....and when in Germany Russell flat-out refuses to rescue the captured troops with the other three in the EM-50, what made him change his mind? - (to mention a few)..

Another one of the deleted scenes is the (talked-about) 7-minute "South America" segment
where we DO see another side of Harold Ramis - while Murray is truly hilarious!

A BETTER print with superior STEREO 5.1 dolby sound now vs the previous mono DVD, including a great feature in two parts -"Stars & Stripes" - that will leave you dazzled in understanding this entire film: how it was made, rare image stills, and how the actors (a good number of them)
felt in doing the film along with Murray himself, being interviewed from of all places - TOKYO!

This new DVD gives you 2 movie options:
1.) the EXTENDED version featuring the deleted scenes-
(with added option of audio commentary from the director and head writer)
2.) the ORIGINAL theatrical version-
*BOTH WS*

There's also the option of seeing all SIX bonus scenes - one after the other -

The EXTENDED version does a fine editing job inserting the deleted scenes at the right places,
- even indicating (via small permanent text) where these bonus scenes START and END -
-an extremely smooth flow minus any pauses or audio dropouts...
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is one of my favorite films of all time. I saw it with a boatload of fellow geology students at the end of a gruelling summer field camp in Montana and when Harold Ramis made his crack about passing 2 semesters of geology in one night it brought the house down. You don't have to be a geologist to appreciate this flick though, it's got laughs galore. Great stuff.
My objective in writing the review is to beef about the DVD. The big fat mono soundtrack is pretty dismal. I have to crank the volume to the max to watch it, then it sounds distorted and hissy. My biggest beef is with the "widescreen" version of the film. It appears to be just the fullscreen version with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. I discovered this by examining the shower scene that Captain Sillman watches through his telescope. On the fullscreen side you can see the one of the girls' head and legs down to the knees. On the "widescreen" version you have extactly the same width of view and her head and buns are cut off by the black bars. Boo-hiss.
A classic flick like this deserves a much better DVD!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, the ultimate Bill Murray flick June 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Absolutely one of the funniest movies ever made. It would definitely have to be highly ranked, if only for the fact that it is possibly the most quoted movie of all time. Who among us has never said "Lighten up, Francis" or "You can't leave, all the plant are gonna die! ". Bill Murray is at his best, and Harold Ramis is the perfect straight man for him. Add in a supporting cast that includes John Candy, Judge Rheinhold, John Laroquette and Sean Young, and you have something pretty special. Also, gains points for the fact that it doesn't start to fade out at the end, like many comedies do when the decide to get "message-y". It just keeps up the energy and humor right up to (and including) the credits. To this day, the only movie I have ever enjoyed so much that I went right back to see it the very next night.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie. Extended Cut not worth it. January 31, 2007
Format:DVD
Not worth the extra added scenes plus they are explicitly marked as added scenes. Kinda cheesy. The good news is that the original movie can also be played. The movie is a 5+
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra footage..... February 24, 2014
Format:DVD
Having just learned of the passing of Harold Ramis, I remembered this film which starred Bill Murray, John Candy and of course the writer, director and actor Harold.

This is just one example of the expertise of Mr. Ramis and his sometimes almost over the edge humor - not quite but almost! We certainly had a lot of laughs with his writing and acting.... "Animal House" comes to mind first and then "Stripes" and last but not least "Ghost Busters"... Plus, much more....

Each and every one of his movies are hilarious. RIP, Mr. Ramis...

Most highly recommended.
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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Murray's Best June 11, 2001
Format:DVD
In one of his funniest comedies, Bill Murray takes on the U.S. Army, and without question, with guys like this on the front lines, we can all sleep a little easier at night. "Stripes," directed by Ivan Reitman, is the story of John Winger (Murray), who in one day loses his girl, his job, his car and his apartment. So what's a guy to do after that, but join the Army? But he doesn't go alone, oh no-- he also talks his best friend, Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) into joining with him. And just like that they find themselves at boot camp, face to face with one of the most formidable Drill Instructors every to grace the silver screen, Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates), and surrounded by as motley a group of raw recruits as anyone could imagine. Among them, there's Dewey Oxburger (John Candy), known as "Ox," who plans to emerge from boot camp a "lean, mean fighting machine"; and "Cruiser (John Diehl)," who joined up to beat the draft (Hulka: "Son, there isn't a draft, anymore." Cruiser: "There was one?"); and Francis Soyer (George Jenesky), known as "Psycho" ("Call me Francis, and I'll kill you. Touch my stuff, and I'll kill you. Touch me...and I'll kill you." Hulka: "Lighten up, Francis...").
The pressure is on for Hulka and his men, when Colonel Glass (Lance LeGault) informs Captain Stillman (John Larroquette) that the "General" is looking for a squad of crack new recruits to man a special project, and Hulka's boys have been chosen. The project involves a secret weapon, an "urban assault" vehicle, that is to be unveiled on their base in Germany shortly. But first, Hulka has to get his troops through basic, which will be a minor miracle in itself, even though Winger goes "Out on a limb," and offers to be their leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic comedy! Love Bill Murray.
Published 4 days ago by T. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
A very good movie!
Published 5 days ago by Robert Waidler
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
I don't know if this movie is dated or was never funny in the first place. I wish I saw it in 1981 so I could better assess this. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gregory A. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Wacky.....great
though I am kind of new to this film I totally enjoyed it......another one of Bill Murray's great.....and the late Harold Ramis.......a totally great duo on screen..... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film - very funny!
Well, I'm puzzled, though: The original, as per my old VHS tape, is listed as 106 minutes in length. Read more
Published 21 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever
This movie's the ultimate. That's the fact, Jack! Still funny after all these years. Almost everything Bill Murray says in this movie makes me laugh.
Published 25 days ago by That Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars AS SILLY AS EVER
THIS MOVIE IS STILL FUNNY AND UBER SILLY.. ACTUALLY, IT IS ALMOST A TWO PART MOVIE ! STRIPES IS A CLASSIC THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Carolyn Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray
Nuff said. He rocks. Love all his movies. Can't get enough Bill Murray! Woot woot. Bring us Ghost busters 3!
Published 1 month ago by Brian D. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie, but wish I hadn't gotten a bad Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray disk would not play in my Blu-ray player or on my laptop. I even put in a different Blu-ray to test the player, and made sure I wasn't putting it in backwards. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cursedtongue
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite
As they say...they just don't make movies like this anymore! Makes me laugh. Also love the way the music moves the story along.
Published 1 month ago by Susan S.
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Bill Murray's Marching Cadence
I've watched video clips of that scene on Youtube and Dailymotion. I would like to see the actual lines from the script.
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