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Can't beat a classic like Stripes. Or so I thought. This DVD has the extended, director's cut outtakes. Now some of the holes in the plot make sense. Yes, Stripes has a plot. Great to see it again after all these years.
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.
I remember this from way back. My son( hes 19) is in the Army now and thought this might good for him to watch. He loves comedy and hope he knows how proud I am of him and not to take life to seriously, live well, do your job and LAUGH.
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.