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Police Academy

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Director: Hugh Wilson

Cast: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, George Gaynes

 

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Hugh Wilson's popular comedy Police Academy gets a loving 20th anniversary DVD release from Warner Bros. on this disc. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are faithfully rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible.

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Hugh Wilson's popular comedy Police Academy gets a loving 20th anniversary DVD release from Warner Bros. on this disc. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are faithfully rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The high point of the extra materials is the commentary track featuring star Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, sound-effects maker extraordinaire Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, producer Paul Maslansky, and director Wilson. The group is obviously proud of the film, and has a blast reminiscing. Their good spirits are infectious. The 30-minute making-of featurette is also well done, containing interviews with some of the people who did not take part in the commentary and ending on a bittersweet note with a clip from the deceased David Graf (Tackleberry), who talks about how happy he is if this film is his legacy. This is a solid release from Warner Bros. and is easily the best of all the Police Academy discs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
When the critically disliked audience favorite Police Academy hit theaters, no one expected it to kick off a flimsy franchise that would go on for so long it would become an infamous mockery of the very idea of sequels, in the same league as the Friday the 13th movies. Featuring a motley bunch of one-note character actors, though not yet future mainstay Bobcat Goldthwait, Police Academy managed to spin sophomoric gold from the misfits' underdog attempts at surviving training and their sadistic instructors. Although the setup is at the intelligence level of many other T & A comedies, it clicked for viewers, perhaps because they were already lapping up such similar offerings. What probably brought in that 80 million dollars, and encouraged studio heads to keep greenlighting moronic sequels until the end of time, were such memorable elements as Michael Winslow, who became a limited celebrity based on his uncanny ability to reproduce all variety of realistic noises. Watching him perfectly mimic the whinnying of a horse and the computerized blips of Pac Man still inspires grins today. The film also made familiar faces out of David Graf and footballer Bubba Smith, as the pricelessly monikered Eugene Tackleberry and Moses Hightower, respectively. Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall are the amiable types necessary to preside over this brood and keep the film moving forward on autopilot. Although its classic scenes probably resonate as such only to early teenagers, there's no denying the historical significance of a brainless comedy able to persevere through ten years of new installments and the unreserved disdain of any critic who got near it.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0085393197223
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
8,119

Special Features

Commentary by Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, G.W. Bailey, director Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Maslansky; new featurette, "Behind Academy Doors: Secret Files Revealed"; theatrical trailer.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Guttenberg Carey Mahoney
G.W. Bailey Lieutenant Harris
George Gaynes Commandant Lassard
Michael Winslow Larvell Jones
Kim Cattrall Karen Thompson
Bubba Smith Moses Hightower
Andrew Rubin George Martin
Donovan Scott Leslie Barbara
Leslie Easterbrook Sgt. Callahan
Marion Ramsey Laverne Hooks
Scott Thomson Chad Copeland
Brant Van Hoffman Kyle Blankes
Georgina Spelvin Hooker
Joe Dunne Actor
Don Payne Barber
Roger Dunn Booking Sergeant
David Graf Eugene Tackleberry
Debra Scott Mrs. Fackler
Bruce Mahler Doug Fackler
Ted Ross Capt. Reed
Doug Lennox Bad Guy
George R. Robertson Chief Hurnst
Don Lake Mr. Wig
Bill Lynn Parking Lot Manager
Michael J. Reynolds Office Executive
Joyce Gordon Mrs. Thompson
Bruce McFee Supply Clerk
Beth Amos Old Lady
Barry Green Cadet with Hat
Gary Farmer Sidewalk Store Owner
Jim Bearden Driver
Marco Bianco Tough
Ted Hanlan Tough
Rob Watson Tough
Wally Bondarenko Officer
J. Winston Carroll Officer
David Clement Officer
George E. Zeeman Officer
Gino Marrocco Arresting Cop
Gene Mack Thug
Bob Collins Drill Instructor
Peter Cox Bar Patron
Dwayne McLean Bar Patron

Technical Credits
Hugh Wilson Director,Screenwriter
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Folk Score Composer
Neal Israel Screenwriter
James Margellos Production Manager
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Paul Maslansky Producer
Pat Proft Screenwriter
Robert Brown Editor
Christopher Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
Zach Staenberg Editor
Trevor Williams Production Designer
Michael Zenon Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue [1:06]
2. Tackleberry on the Job (Credits) [2:41]
3. Freestyle Parking [1:44]
4. No Respect for Leslie [1:13]
5. Mahoney's Choice [2:44]
6. Hood Ornament [1:32]
7. Undesirables Academy [4:07]
8. Addressing the Class [3:15]
9. Clothes/Hair On/Off [2:07]
10. Dorm Alliances [2:24]
11. Exhausting Day [3:55]
12. All Trapped [3:32]
13. Mouthful of Laughs [2:50]
14. Target Practice; To the Mat [3:11]
15. Mahoney's Manuevers [5:16]
16. Party! Times Two [1:26]
17. All Fired Up [5:38]
18. Vocal Technique [3:09]
19. Stimulating Lassard [1:22]
20. Harris' Rear Assault [7:16]
21. Hightower at the Wheel [4:11]
22. Wrong Choice of Words [3:56]
23. Last Straw [2:46]
24. Trouble Downtown [2:08]
25. Hitting the Street [3:18]
26. No Respect for the Law [4:07]
27. Leslie Handles It [2:11]
28. Mahoney Makes His Move [1:23]
29. Helpful Hightower [3:26]
30. Mahoney's Reward [1:35]
31. End Credits (I'm Gonna Be Somebody) [3:13]

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Police Academy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was tastefully funny, and very intertaining. One thing I wish could have went longer was mahoney's speech at the end. He clearly stated that his speech would be a long one, I do wish we could have saw it through.