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It starts off with John Winger (Bill Murray) losing his girlfriend, job, and apartment. He then talks his best friend (Harold Ramis) in to joining the Army with him. Way over their heads, they eventually learn the "Army way" and manage to take a top-secret U.S. recreational vehicle, with a couple of beautiful women MP's, behind the iron curtain on a road trip.
I've purchased this movie, "Stripes," for the reason of memorabilia. It being filmed in Louisville & Fort Knox (Kentucky) which brings back old memories. In the movie its self, military protocol isn't followed well, yet the humor is well enjoyed. Just as an example, when the graduating classes (Basic Training/BCT) were on the parade ground and here come's up Bill Murray & misfits. Their demonstration certainly was laughable but the Army certainly wouldn't put up with something like that. Also knowing in the Army a 'happy face' is frowned on, it's just as well a pleasure to see someone get away with promoting humor.
Before Stripes, the only other military comedy movie that was iconic was MASH. Private Benjamin came out about a year prior to Stripes but was more drama than comedy. Stripes had a unique formula and an agressive but smartly designed marketing campaign. The iconic quote that was in the Trailer and the TV Spot that debuted during the network airing of "Meatballs" which also starred Bill Murray and was produced and directed by the same team as Stripes. "That's the Fact Jack" is one of the most memorable lines from this film and is still quoted today. Stripes stars Bill Murray, Warren Oats, John Candy, Harold Ramis,Sean Young, and John Laroquette. There are several other newcomers including Bill Paxton (you have to pay attention to the scene in the barracks where everyone is introducing themselves, he is uncredited in the film) This is the original version of the film. I bought it (again) because I sold my original copy when the uncut version came out,The uncut version is longer and has some more funnier parts BUT, the duplication of the uncut disk was seriously flawed, there were several pauses when the DVD transitioned between added and original sequences which made it distracting to watch, and almost unwatchable as well. So I decided to buy the original version.
One of the great comedys of all time.
Funny story with a great cast. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman on top of their game. This help sealed or launch their careers as well as John Candy, Judge Reinhold, and Sean Young.
The new DVD offers great picture and quality. Just as good if you were in theatres.
The DVD features were very good with the choice of either the original theatrical version or the new extended cut. I was surprised by what was cut out, but it did not hurt the film being cut. The new 2 part documentary was great with how the movie came about (original concept would have been a totally different movie), and what was improvised on the set. Nice tribute to John Candy. Interviews included Bill Murray, Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis and almost the whole cast.
It is a must have DVD in any collection especially if you are fan of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, or John Candy. Thank you.
The film itself is great - Ivan Reitman nearing the top of his game and the ensemble working very well together on a genuinely funny script. But the DVD itself show some age, in that it offers both the original theatrical and the Extended Cut versions in a technically awkward way. Instead of two separate data files, the DVD is set up to simply include, or exclude, the additional scenes. When it excludes them - meaning when you're watching the original theatrical version - there's a distinct pause, or hang, in the images. Like a lot of Extended Cuts of films, it's easy to see why the cut scenes were left out; they don't generally add much to the experience. The one notable exception is the scene at the Chateau, during which P.J. Soles is substantially naked for a surprising amount of screentime. Who was the genius who decided to leave THAT out? Also, all of the extra scenes are accessible separately, as Deleted Scenes under the Special Features menu, so the the Extended Cut version is just something of a gimik that doesn't work as well as it should.
The military and comedy go together like Christians and rock music. Perhaps I love STRIPES 28 years later, because they managed to make it work. One of Bill Murray's best, and John Candy's OX character almost steals it. I don't know if the "Dude, where's my car" crowd would like it...but they might. Watch this movie...you may end up wanting a Hulkaburger.