Stripes (Extended Cut)
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When quick-witted slacker John Winger (Bill Murray) loses his apartment, girlfriend and job all in one day, he decides to embark on a new adventure: he joins the US Army, nearly starting WWIII. Featuring an additional 18 minutes of hysterical footage, the STRIPES Extended Cut is one of the funniest military spoofs of all time. And that's the fact, Jack!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : COLD05994D
- Director : Ivan Reitman
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : June 7, 2005
- Actors : Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, John Candy
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Producers : Dan Goldberg, Ivan Reitman
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0008JIJ2O
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Filmed when Murray was at the height of his popularity, he and Ramos play themselves (as they did in Ghostbusters) reacting to the situations (and sometimes sticking to a script) into which the story thrusts them.
I won't go into the plot, because it's well known by now.
But there were two things in the original film I didn't understand. The first one was when Sgt Hulka came in and said that two people had left the base and the platoon would suffer the consequences for that because no one stepped up to admit it. But there were no scenes of that.
This version tells you what happened.
Another jarring thing in the original release was the "Germany Trip" with the "heavily armed recreational vehicle". Almost nothing of that trip was ever shown originally, and much was implied about it. In this version, it's more explicit than implied, and to me dovetails much better into the overall story line.
I can see why they cut both scenes for the original release, but I don't think the editing needed to be done in the first place, given what happened in the film.
I did really like Murray's irreverence and he and Ramos played off each other very well in their films. That's a given, and much of the reason why this is given a 5 star rating. But the addition of the missing scenes makes it a more revealing movie, and more consistent in its flow. That makes a four star movie a five star movie.
If you like Murray and Ramos, and the others in the cast, by all means, get this.
The nature of the unit is revealed at their first meeting. One says he thought it was a good idea to join the army before he gets drafted. There was no draft at the time. The next one says anyone that calls him by his name, anyone he finds going through his stuff he’ll kill. Then Ox played by John Candy said he wanted the military to get him into shape so he could lose some weight. When they do the obstacle course Ox gets so caught up in the moment he runs off the course and straight into the woods. That’s basically the way the entire film plays out with a special mission in the end.
I also think the writing is solid, and each scene is enjoyable leading to the next enjoyable scene.
As far as the extended cut - one of the added segment in the middle of the film is quite long, and although it's a little bit off the beaten path (figuratively and literally), one can't help but to be rolling over with laughter. Caution: stoner comedy in that segment.
Also, the nude scene of the extra cut is delicious..
The blu Ray quality was great, especially for my favorite scenes, the binocular scene, the mud wrastlin scene, and the bedroom scenes. O her she comes a just a walk-in down the street singin do wa diddy diddy dum diddy do, she looks good she looks fine, then I nearly lost my mind. I love this movie. Hahaha.
Also the commentary in the special features was really amazing I really enjoyed listening to it. They all seemed to idolize Bill Murray, but he is a comedic genius.
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They manage to pass training but when they go on an unauthorized holiday their platoon sets out to try find them, fearing defection with a new secret weapon, and gets captured they have to instead try rescue their platoon.