Blu-ray Review: ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

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Ready to get down, dirty and downright funny with some very irreverent funny folks? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon” out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment.  We see how loony got into Lampoon below!


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   Title: “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”

   Grade: 4 1/2

   Cast: Chevy Chase, John Landis, Kevin Bacon

   Director: Douglas Tirola

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 95 minutes

   Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment



The Flick: Knowing about the films, but less about the name, magazines and overall inception, the doc “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon” about the famed Lampoon empire provides much interesting insight.  From the early days at the mag where irreverence and being un-politically incorrect were considered a badge of honor (the mag cover that has a gun to a dog’s head and basically says buy this or else is the epitome of Lampoon brilliance!), to the lives of the founders trying their hand at live shows, movies and the like, there’s a real passion and appreciation for the ground broken by the sassy satirists.  Of course the tales from the movie set by the likes of Lampoon movie icons like Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Landis and others are icing on the cake, but all work in terrific tandem here to show that Lampoon was more than a name – it was a merry and monumental movement. 

Best Feature: By far the coolest of the cavalcade of extras here (all tasty!) is the section called ‘Thoughts on Animal House’ that has everyone from Landis and Bacon, to Stephen Furst and Karen Allen waxing nostalgic – movie geeks will be in heaven!

Best Hidden Gem: Love the extras section ‘Reading John Hughes’ that has Vacation alum Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and even Anthony Michael Hall speaking his words.

Worth the Moola: With extras that add even more to the Lampoon legacy, this disc is a comedy must!

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