Back to School

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Overview

Academia will never be the same when Rodney Dangerfield enrolls to become the wackiest student ever in the quintessential 1980s comedy Back to School! Presented in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, MGM has done a fair job on this transfer. Although there are some dirt and imperfections present, overall the color levels are dutifully even, with solid blacks. It is a shame that MGM decided not to make Back to School enhanced for widescreen TVs, but what is available should please fans of the film. With only a ...
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Overview

Academia will never be the same when Rodney Dangerfield enrolls to become the wackiest student ever in the quintessential 1980s comedy Back to School! Presented in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, MGM has done a fair job on this transfer. Although there are some dirt and imperfections present, overall the color levels are dutifully even, with solid blacks. It is a shame that MGM decided not to make Back to School enhanced for widescreen TVs, but what is available should please fans of the film. With only a slight amount of edge enhancement present, this transfer ranks well above average. Also included on side B of this disc is a standard 1.33:1 version of the film (same quality as side A, only this version of Back to School is chopped off on the sides). Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (in English, French, and Spanish) and could have really benefited from a Dolby 5.1 remix. As it stands, this Dolby 2.0 Surround track works well, with center and front directional speakers utilized (though not to the fullest extent). The dialogue, effects, and Danny Elfman's energetic score are all distortion-free, with minimal hiss present. Also included on the disc are French and Spanish subtitles. Back to School certainly could take a few lessons from other DVD editions, as MGM has decided to make this version very basic. The only supplemental feature included on this disc is a humorous, full-frame theatrical trailer. For audio and video this disc makes the grade. For bonus materials, Back to School is going to need some serious extra credit work to pass.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Rodney Dangerfield has made a nominal career of playing the disrespected everyman, but the one he creates for Back to School is probably both the wealthiest and most loveable. One of his fonder star vehicles, Back to School twists the standard college comedy format by inserting a wild-eyed adult into the equation, then making him adept both at fitting in with his wisecracking classmates and cutting corners like a seasoned pro. When he's required to write a paper on Kurt Vonnegut, he hires the author himself to do it; on receiving a poor grade, in a moment that's pure Dangerfield, he tells Vonnegut he doesn't know squat about himself. Sharing the writing credit with seven others, including Animal House veteran Harold Ramis, Dangerfield finally writes himself a balance between his typical zippy putdowns and the warmth audiences expect from their comic heroes. Hardcore fans might think he's selling out in favor of sentiment, but most others will find it charmingly unselfconscious. He even convinces that a refined professor like the one played by Sally Kellerman just might go for him. Keith Gordon is the perfect straight man for Dangerfield, rolling his eyes like a put-upon son, but also generating his half of a believable father-son chemistry. And for suspension of disbelief at its zaniest, just check out Dangerfield's inimitable dive during the climactic swim meet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2003
  • UPC: 027616896919
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodney Dangerfield Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman Diane
Burt Young Lou
Keith Gordon Jason Melon
Robert Downey Jr. Derek
M. Emmet Walsh Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau Vanessa
Paxton Whitehead Philip Barbay
Terry Farrell Valerie
William Zabka Chas
Ned Beatty Dean Martin
Severn Darden Dr. Barazini
Sam Kinison Prof. Terguson
Robert Picardo Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Himself
Edie McClurg Marge
Sarah Abrell Sorority Girl
Kristen Aldrich Student in Diane's Class
Dana Allison Young Woman
Eric Alver Student at Fraternity Party
Boris Aplon Tony Meloni
Becky Le Beau Hot-Tub Girl
Nora Boland Agnes
Kimberlin Ann Brown Girl in Dorm Hallway
Kimberlee Carlson Rodette
Lisa Denton Lisa
Bob Drew Bob/Contractor
Danny Elfman Oingo Boingo Band Member
William Grauer Drunken Student
Holly Hayes Girl in the Crowd
Jason Hervey Young Thornton
Tricia Hill Lisa's Friend
Leslie Huntly Coed
James Ingersoll Judge
John William James Man in Stands
Lisa LeCover Rodette
Theresa Lyons Cashier
Michael McGrady Player
Jill D. Merin Girl at Dorm Party
Santos Morales Bartender
Beth Peters Mrs. Stuyvesant
Phil Rubenstein 1st Executive
Josh Saylor Student in Diane's Class
Tim Stack Trendy Man
Curtis Stone 'Twist & Shout' Band
Steve Sweeney Security Guard
Stacey Toten Hot Tub Girl
Dallas Winker Rodette
John Young 2nd Executive
Brad Zutaut Petey
Technical Credits
Alan Metter Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Will Aldis Screenwriter
Pete Antico Stunts
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Rodney Dangerfield Original Story, Screenwriter
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Michael Elias Screenwriter
Estelle Endler Executive Producer, Producer
Michael Endler Executive Producer
Rich Eustis Screenwriter
Greg Fields Original Story
Steven Kampmann Screenwriter
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Marjorie Stone McShirley Production Designer
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Vern Porter Screenwriter
Will Porter Screenwriter
Harold Ramis Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
David Rawlins Editor
Chuck Russell Producer
Edmund Silkaitis Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Snee Original Story
David Snyder Production Designer
Peter Torokvei Screenwriter
Richard Wolf Songwriter
Dorinda Rice Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Ziker Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WS
1. Logo/Intro [2:16]
2. Main Title [2:04]
3. Fat Business [3:32]
4. Happily Married [1:12]
5. Adam and Evil [4:36]
6. An Honest Mistake [2:12]
7. Two Regular Schmoes [:53]
8. I'll Do it With You [2:45]
9. Buying In [3:15]
10. Meet the Girl [4:13]
11. Just a Dorm Room [1:01]
12. Economics 101 [3:04]
13. Not a Fighter [3:05]
14. Gibraltar Is a Girl [2:07]
15. How About a Merger? [1:54]
16. His Son's Coach [1:49]
17. Astronomy Homework [1:23]
18. Lou, These Are Girls [1:28]
19. Teacher's Pet [5:13]
20. Help With Vonnegut [6:29]
21. Kindred Spirits [1:34]
22. Take a Letter, Marge [1:46]
23. The Swim Meet [2:48]
24. Party of the Year [3:22]
25. Academic Fraud [7:22]
26. Looking Out for Dad [2:38]
27. Serious Study [1:48]
28. A Test for Mr. Melon [1:24]
29. Love, Valerie [2:07]
30. True Poetry [1:28]
31. He Shoots, He Scores [3:05]
32. End Credits [8:07]
Side #2 -- P&S
1. Logo/Intro [2:16]
2. Main Title [2:04]
3. Fat Business [3:32]
4. Happily Married [1:12]
5. Adam and Evil [4:36]
6. An Honest Mistake [2:12]
7. Two Regular Schmoes [:53]
8. I'll Do it With You [2:45]
9. Buying In [3:15]
10. Meet the Girl [4:13]
11. Just a Dorm Room [1:01]
12. Economics 101 [3:04]
13. Not a Fighter [3:05]
14. Gibraltar Is a Girl [2:07]
15. How About a Merger? [1:54]
16. His Son's Coach [1:49]
17. Astronomy Homework [1:23]
18. Lou, These Are Girls [1:28]
19. Teacher's Pet [5:13]
20. Help With Vonnegut [6:29]
21. Kindred Spirits [1:34]
22. Take a Letter, Marge [1:46]
23. The Swim Meet [2:48]
24. Party of the Year [3:22]
25. Academic Fraud [7:22]
26. Looking Out for Dad [2:38]
27. Serious Study [1:48]
28. A Test for Mr. Melon [1:24]
29. Love, Valerie [2:07]
30. True Poetry [1:28]
31. He Shoots, He Scores [3:05]
32. End Credits [8:07]
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Menu

Side #1 -- WS
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   Languages
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Side #2 -- P&S
   Play
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   Languages
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      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Funny Enough

    But mostly I always watch it for the Oingo Boingo cameo. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R E S P E C T

    The jokes are familiar and still funny after seeing them countless times. This is more than Rodney getting respect, this is a homage to his comedic genius. When Kurt Vonnegut gets a failing grade for (ghost) writing an essay on his own book, BACK TO SCHOOL passes with flying colors. High honors.

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