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Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary Edition

review by James S.

 

Rated R

Running Time: 99 minutes

Starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael

O'Keefe

Studio: Warner Brothers

Directed by Harold Ramis

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes

Specs: Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono French, English and French Captions, Chapter Search

Caddyshack is a movie of many stories. First there is Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray. Carl is a lowly golf course greenskeeper who must search out and destroy a gopher wreaking havoc on the course. Then there's Danny (Michael O'Keefe), who is a caddy at the course. Danny is trying to figure out his future. You have Judge Smails (Ted Knight), the reining head honcho at the country club, trying to rid the course of an equally annoying pest, Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield). Al's obnoxious behavior annoys the Judge to no end. Finally, Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) just wants to play golf.

The story has no real depth. It's simply a pointless comedy in the vain of Animal House or Meatballs. The movie is a medium to carry one-liners. While there is a defined ending involving a golf tournament, Caddyshack is a movie to give you a few laughs rather than a thought provoking moment.

Considering this DVD is billed as the 20th Anniversary edition, Warner failed to give the movie an anniversary makeover. While the movie is presented in full widescreen, it has moments of tape damage. In addition, some scenes have a gritty look to them. The DVD has budget title written all over it.

The dialogue and music are clear. However, the movie has only two sound tracks. The English and French sound tracks are presented in Dolby Digital Mono. That's right. Mono.

Caddyshack includes the original theatrical trailer, which is a laugh to watch. Hollywood has come a long way, and nothing shows it more than the amateurish trailer. An additional feature, Caddyshack: The 19th Hole, is a documentary that takes up just over 30 minutes. It contains outtakes from the movie and comments from some of the cast and crew.

A landmark film that's been preserved on DVD, The Graduate is a fine addition to the movie lover's library. While the DVD lacks an anamorphic transfer, the quality of the film is excellent. The audio is loaded with classic songs from Simon and Garfunkel. The extra features are interesting in their own right and are icing on the cake.

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