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National Lampoon's Animal House

Featured In Issue 113, October 2006

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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
30022
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
$34.98
(Disc Type):
Dual Side/Dual Layer (HD DVD15/DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
109
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
1
(Theatrical Year):
1978
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/08/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
John Landis
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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(French Language):
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National Lampoon's Animal House follows the hilarious adventures of Faber College's Delta fraternity house. While most frat houses reek with decorum, high achievement, and good taste, the Delta Chi house reeks with beer, unwashed socks, and a collective determination to party as hard as possible.

You won't find special features on the high-definition side of the disc, but on the DVD side, special features include a Delta alumni update, MXPX "Shout" music video, the option to view the film with animated anecdotes, a 45-minute Animal House reunion, the theatrical trailer, production notes, and cast & filmmakers characters and positions.

The 1.82:1 VC-1-encoded HD DVD picture features deep blacks and good detail. Some hues of blue and red are well saturated, but mostly the colors seem rather subdued. Contrast is limited, some dirt can be noticed in the source element, and there are scenes that are not that detailed. (Danny Richelieu)

Listening to the Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack, it is easy to hear that it is a basic repurposing of the original mono audio. The center-channel information seeps into the front left and right channels, and surround envelopment is very limited. Fidelity does sound quite good, though. (Danny Richelieu)