Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 4/13/00
Anniversary Special Edition - 1980 (2000) - Warner Bros.
review by Todd Doogan of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
99 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (1.85.1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, dual-layered (extra layer for documentary), Snapper
case packaging, documentary Caddyshack:
The 19th Hole, cast and crew bios, theatrical trailer,
animated film-themed menus with sound, scene access (28 chapters),
languages: English & French (DD 2.0 mono), subtitles: English &
French, Closed Captioned
"So I jump ship
in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper
at a course over in the Himalayas."
"Whats a looper?"
"A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So I tell them
I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dali Lama,
himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace,
bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the
driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long,
into a ten thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this
glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? "Gunga galunga. Gunga,
gunga galunga." So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna
stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little
something, you know, for the effort, you know?" And he says, "Oh,
there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you
will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me.
Which is nice."
Attention all golfers, Caddyshack
has just been re-released on DVD as a special edition. What are the
improvements over the original release? An anamorphic widescreen
transfer and a special making-of documentary, that includes a vast
array of interviews with cast and crew (which originally appeared on
VHS). It's all a nice offering from Warner, but something in me
wishes they had done this on DVD in the first place.
Caddyshack, in case you're
pop-culturally handicapped, is the epic story of a young boy
(Michael O'Keefe) coming to grips with his future. He must first
decide if he should attend college. Then, after he decides he
should, he must try to figure out if there's a free ride somewhere.
Smart kid. The potential is there, and seeing as he's a star caddy
for an elite course, he has access to many influential people,
including a judge (Ted Knight), a doctor (Dan Resin), an
entrepreneur (Chevy Chase) and a real estate magnate (Rodney
Dangerfield). Oh... and we shouldn't forget the groundskeeper, Carl
(Bill Murray). What you get is a fast paced comedy about life, love
and the pursuit of a gopher. Funny stuff and worth watching a
thousand times, just so you can quote the film all the way through.
If you have the original DVD release (a standard full frame job
with no extras) then I would suggest replacing it with this. Here,
you have a pretty good-looking widescreen (16x9 enhanced) transfer
that shows a lot of grain. To be honest, the film was never all that
good looking when it came to solid colors and smooth grains. But
this is a slight improvement over the original edition. The picture
is pretty crisp for what it is, and the colors are solid (even if
they are a bit muted - again, they seem to have always been like
that). Sound-wise, this is also an okay disc. Its not an
incredibly active sound field, but it never was and it gets the job
done. There are some extras included, most notably the documentary I
mentioned above entitled, Caddyshack: The
19th Hole. It's well done and sheds some light on the
making of a comedic work of genius. It features some outtakes and
interviews and isnt half-bad (thats Bits
speak for "pretty good"). Youll also find some notes
and a trailer on the disc as well. Its a good package and a
worthy library DVD.
What are you waiting for? Put on those ugly slacks, power up the
cart and head on down to your favorite shop and get yourself some
Caddyshack. Be the disc... be