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National Lampoon's Animal House (Full Screen Double Secret Probation Edition)

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One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made 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 fraternity. In addition to Belushi as Bluto Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Stephen "Flounder" Furst, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Peter Riegert, and Kevin Bacon, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of "Shout".

Special Features

  • Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update
  • MxPx "Shout" Music Video
  • Did You Know That? Universal Animated Anecdotes
  • The Yearbook: An Animal House Reunion
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • DVD-ROM Features
  • Recommendations

  • Product Details

    • 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: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
    • Run Time: 109 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,430 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0000A02U2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "National Lampoon's Animal House (Full Screen Double Secret Probation Edition)" on IMDb

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    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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    First of all I did not buy the Double Secret Probation Edition DVD of this film because #1 it had nothing more on it than my 1998 Collectors Edition had and #2 my 1998 version has the Original movie Soundtrack including the dont know much about history song when Bluto is having his Lunch, so i will keep my edition, if you are a purest and want the very best version (on dvd) then try to find the out of Production 1998 dvd, you will have to pay a higher price but it is worth it to get the original movie as it was meant to be, if you don't care about the originality of the music then buy the new version, it is cheap and easy to find.
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    Format: DVD
    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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    Format: DVD
    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.

    TWO THUMBS WAY DOWN ON THIS DVD...
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    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 Amazon.com.

    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.

    Toga! Toga! Toga!
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    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    They call this a re-mastered soundtrack ?!?!
    It's very hard to find what reason UNIVERSAL found in re-releasing this film on DVD. The video quality is the same as in the last edition and the same pretty much goes also for the audio. All that this proves is how easy it is to make a buck by giving a new edition a colorful name.
    UNIVERSAL has let customers down with their "improved" versions of this (classic) movie as well as SCARFACE but they can be sure we will remmember their record when their future releases come out! And regarding their forced commercials, they can rest assured some of us will simply refuse to buy whatever they advertise in this manner just by principle !
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