To answer my own question, yes, it really IS the 30th anniversary of ‘Caddyshack,’ which is making me feel somewhat ancient! But you know a movie is good when you squeal in delight at getting the 30th anniversary edition of a movie you loved when it premiered 30 years ago.
Bonus features include the theatrical trailer, newly remastered soundtrack, and a retrospective featurette (‘Caddyshack: The 19th Hole’). I believe this version is the same as the 20th Anniversary edition, only updated with 5.1 audio.
If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s about the goings-on at an exclusive golf course that has to deal with a brash new member, a destructive dancing gopher, and Bill Murray trying to annihilate that gopher if it’s the last thing he does. It’s a completely moronic goofball golf comedy that digs deep into the well of ‘National Lampoon’ and ‘Mad Magazine.’
Sure, the plot is wrapped thinly around a poor caddie (Michael O’Keefe) who’s just trying to earn enough cash to go to college. But director Harold Ramis just lets all the players loose so they can crash into each other at will. Most of the crashing comes from the trio of Bill Murray as a vile, obsessed groundskeeper engaged in a one-man war with a charismatic gopher; Rodney Dangerfield, who basically does his crude stand-up routine throughout the movie; and a stoned-looking Chevy Chase.
Highlights include Murray acting out the fantasy of winning the Masters, his tall tale about caddying for the Dalai Lama, an overreaching priest’s rain-soaked golf game, Dangerfield’s verbal assault on the club’s uptight dining patrons, and Chase’s lesson on the essence of golf: "Be the ball, Danny."
Where you can get it:
DVD, June 8, 2010, on Amazon
Blu-ray, on Amazon
Images: Warner Bros.