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Caddyshack - 20th Anniversary Edition
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 22, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A classic screwball comedy, "Caddyshack" is a goofy film directed by Harold Ramis("Ghostbusters"), about a young golf caddy(Michael O'Keefe) that finds himself amidst the chaos going on at the local country club. Ramis was lucky to have a cast who liven up the material greatly. Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase are extremely funny, as is Bill Murray, but Ted Knight plays the cliche comedy villian.

The story revolves around Danny Noonan(O'Keefe) who is trying to get the new scholarship for caddies. "Run" by Judge Smails(Knight), the rest of the story focuses on the the war that's going on on the course between Smails, the new golfer played by Dangerfield and the zen-master played by Chase. A second, and funnier battle is going on at the same time between Bill Murray's groundskeeper and a local gopher.

Yes, it's silly and there are times where occasionally the film has a bit of a slow point between jokes, but when it hits the mark with a solid laugh, the film delivers some classic lines. Chase is a natural in one of his funniest performances, and Murray's supporting performance as the groundskeeper is phenomenal. It's simply a fun, light comedy with performances from some great comedic actors.


The DVD

VIDEO: A new anamorphic transfer has been done for this edition of the film, but it still has some faults that are noticable and at times, distracting. Images are clear and crisp, with decent detail and generally, fare well. Colors are occasionally bright and vibrant, although they vary in presentation. Flesh tones are fairly natural, as well.

Although pixelation and shimmering are minimal, there are instances where grain is noticable. There are a lot of small marks and scratches on the print used. This is probably the best edition of "Caddyshack" that is out there right now, and although it looks a little worn and could have been better overall, it remains watchable. An average effort from Warner.

SOUND: Halfway decent...for mono. There's actually some music that still is pretty entertaining to listen to 20 years later, and that element of the soundtrack sounds enjoyable. Otherwise though, there isn't much to talk about on this effort - dialogue is able to be understood, but sounds fairly thin and occasionally slightly distorted.

MENUS:: Some slight animation on the main menu, and a golf ball bouncing around when you make a selection.

EXTRAS:

The 19th Hole: A new 30 minute documentary that takes a look at the making of "Caddyshack", with new interviews from many members of the cast and crew. There's a lot of cool facts, including some things that I didn't know, like the fact that the film originally focused on the caddies, but that part of the story was pushed to the background when all of the major stars were brought onto the picture.

There's a lot of cool little bits in-between the interviews, such as original behind-the-scenes clips as well as never-before-seen outtakes. Ramis provides some very funny stories about the making of the movie, and producers Jon Peters and Mark Canton provide a lot of the history behind the production. The actors provide additional insight and humorous stories, as well. It was a first film for a lot of the people involved, and they share their feelings about that here. It's a very funny documentary that is a great addition to the DVD (and it's just about the only addition, unfortunately).

Trailer: The theatrical trailer is included.

Final Thoughts: The audio and video quality is just okay, but if you're looking to own "Caddyshack" on DVD, this is more than likely the best presentation that the film will have for a while. Maybe for the next anniversary edition, they could have a commentary - something that should have been included with this effort.

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