Sony serves up some special edition Meatballs in June
By Patrick Luce Apr 14, 2007, 1:20 GMT
Just in time for Father’s Day and summer camp, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is set to unleash yet another of Ivan Reitman’s hit comedy film classics, Meatballs on Special Edition DVD June 5th for the suggested retail price of $19.94. The film will also be released on Blu-ray Disc on June 5th for the suggested retail price of 28.95.
Meatballs which opens with the line, “Is everyone ready for summer?” and features fellow Canadian Bill Murray in his first starring role, is another of Reitman’s big screen laugh-a-thons and a blockbuster hit back in the summer of 1979.
The special edition DVD release of Meatballs has been digitally re-mastered under the supervision of Ivan Reitman for the optimum picture and sound and is stacked with first time extras - including a bonus “making of” documentary, titled “Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs,” and a highly-entertaining director’s commentary.
Filmed on location at an actual summer camp, Camp White Pine, located just north of Toronto, and using many of the camp’s actual enrollees and counselors as extras, Meatballs rolls out 90-plus minutes worth of old school belly laughs and spotlights the quirky yet endearing comedy genius of Bill Murray.
As with Reitman’s multiple comedy features, Meatballs is sheer entertainment, capturing a succession of comedy capers at a typical summer camp, cheerfully championed by the chief counselor, Bill Murray, whose character is a fun loving prankster who loves the ladies and takes us back to a time when going to camp was a much awaited summer ritual loaded with laughs, goofy campfire charades, zany camp games and first time adventures.
Meatballs catapulted Oscar-nominated Murray, who later starred in “Ghostbusters,” the biggest grossing comedy of all time, to comedy film legend. Murray went on to headline a succession of big screen hits, including “Lost in Translation,” “Stripes” and “Caddyshack.”
The wackiest head counselor in North Star camp history, Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) devotes his summer activities to cracking jokes, chasing female staffers, and plotting the demise of their evil rich rivals, the snotty young brats at nearby Camp Mohawk. Jam-packed with hysterical off-the-wall hi-jinks, drop-dead gorgeous babes in the woods and riotous one-liners of the one-and-only Bill Murray, Meatballs is an "Animal House goes to summer camp."