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Director: John G. Avildsen     Starring: John Belushi Dan Aykroyd
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214974592
UPC: 043396335264
UPC 14: 00043396335264
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Director John G. Avildsen's dark satire stars John Belushi as Earl Keese, a mild-mannered suburban guy who lives a regular, straitlaced life with his wife, Enid (Kathryn Walker), while their daughter (Lauren Marie Taylor) is away at boarding school. The Keeses' quiet life is turned upside down, however, when their new neighbors move in next door. Vic (Dan Aykroyd) is a bleached blonde, leisure-suit-wearing motormouth whose wife, Ramona (Cathy Moriarty), is a kinky sexpot. When Ramona attempts to seduce Earl and then claims that he attempted to seduce her, this wild comedy takes off with bizarre and outrageous results. Finding that the newcomers are taking control of their mundane lives, the suburbanites resist the influence at first, but gradually the boring pair begins to enjoy the excitement created by the aggressive neighbors. Earl becomes so inspired by the nutty couple that he starts to relish their zest for life and is willing to make changes in his own life to capture their quirky zeal. Belushi expands his comic repetoire by playing the straight man off the wild and crazy Aykroyd, the dynamic pair once again igniting the screen in this mischevious comedy.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3352
Video UPC UPC: 00043396335264
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John Belushi
Video Cast Info Kathryn Walker
Video Cast Info Dan Aykroyd
Video Cast Info Cathy Moriarty
Video Cast Info David Brown - Producer
Video Cast Info John G. Avildsen - Director
Plot Summary
A peaceful suburbanite and his wife find their lives turned upside down when wacky new neighbors move in next door and proceed to wreak havoc on their lives.

Professional Reviews

"...Fun....A mere sideways glance between the two conjures up countless funny moments of the past..." 12/16/1981

New York Times
"...Casting [Aykroyd and Belushi] in the film version was a good idea....Walker makes Enid a dryly captivating character..." 12/18/1981 p.C19

Entertainment Weekly 7 of 10
Extraordinary Measures is hardly an extraordinary movie. In fact, it's hard to believe that this schmaltzy film found its home on the big screen rather than the Hallmark Channel. But I dare you not to feel something at its conclusion. Just consider the material: Fed up with doctors prescribing a death sentence for his two children -- who suffer from the rare and fatal Pompe disease -- a proactive businessman (Brendan Fraser) teams up with a temperamental scientist (Harrison Ford) to develop a life-saving drug. The duo hit plenty of roadblocks along the way (lack of funding, power struggles, etc.), and spend much of the film in conference rooms discussing enzymes -- unfortunately, not the most moviegoer-friendly fare. The leading men deserve far better than the ho-hum material they're given (try not to cringe as Ford delivers the oddly placed line, ''I'm gonna go take a crap''). But Fraser works so hard playing a devoted dad, it's damn hard not to root for him. - Kate Ward

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