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Caddyshack

Featured In Issue 113, October 2006

Picture3
Sound3.5
WSR Score
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
80952
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
$28.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
99
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
1
(Theatrical Year):
1980
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/22/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Harold Ramis
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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It's the snobs against the slobs in Caddyshack, and Bushwood Country Club is home to the most outrageous group of golf nuts ever assembled. Pompous Judge Smails (Knight) fumes at loudmouth member Al Czervik (Dangerfield). Zen golfer Ty Webb (Chase) sinks putts by "becoming the ball." But Bill Murray steals the show as Carl, the gopher-hunting greenskeeper.

Includes The 19th Hole, a making-of featurette with outtakes, rare footage, and reminiscences by Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, and others; and the theatrical trailer.

While it definitely looks better than the standard-definition DVD release, the 1.78:1 VC-1-encoded picture is not one of the best HD DVD releases to date. The image is very noisy and source element artifacts can be seen throughout the presentation. The picture can look impressive in some of the close shots, but for the most part it can be very hit or miss. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding is a huge improvement over the original mono soundtrack that was on the original DVD release, although it still does not have the envelopment of more recent releases. Some atmospheric effects are delivered through the front left and right channels, but for the most part the soundtrack is limited to the center channel. Fidelity is impressive for a 26-year-old movie, which is definitely welcome. (Danny Richelieu)