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Young and Older Murray Successes

by SD Horn on 9/6/2013

Stripes is a Bill Murray classic 80s comedy, who thank goodness we don't need to rely upon him as a real soldier in today's Army. Thirty years after the fact, this film is still quotable and funny as ever. An older Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, while a bit more introspective a character, is also still funny 20-plus years later. I rather like the scene in the diner where calls himself "a" god, not THE G-d.

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Enjoy this Classic Comedies Collection featuring Bill Murray with STRIPES: EXTENDED CUT, GHOSTBUSTERS and GROUNDHOG DAY: SPECIAL EDITION.

STRIPES: EXTENDED CUT: Bill Murray has joined the Army, and the Army will never be the same! When John Winger (Murray) loses his job, his car, his apartment and his girlfriend--all in one day--he decides he only has one option: volunteer for Uncle Sam. He talks his friend Russell (Harold Ramis) into enlisting with him. Where else, they figure, can they help save the world for democracy... and meet girls! John and Russell find basic training a snap: they are arrested twice, have endless run-ins with their drill sergeant (Warren Oates) and get into a big mess at a female mud-wrestling match. They even steal a top secret government vehicle to take some gorgeous female MPs on a date, and wind up behind the Iron Curtain. Stripes is outrageous fun! And that's the fact...Jack!

GHOSTBUSTERS: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis star in this supernatural comedy classic that will have you howling! When the University downsizes the para-psychology department, Doctors Venkman (Murray), Stantz (Aykroyd) and Spengler (Ramis) make the leap from scientists to Ghostbusters. Investigators and exterminators of paranormal pests! When the bewitching Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) discovers her refrigerator has become a portal into the spiritual dimension, our heroes come face to face with an ancient evil force with plans to raise hell in Manhattan!

GROUNDHOG DAY: SPECIAL EDITION: Do you ever have deja vu? Didn't you just ask me that? Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard--which he failed to predict--and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn't get worse, they get worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again...and again...and again. Cheered by critics as Bill Murray's best movie ever, Groundhog Day is "a comic time warp anyone should be happy to get stuck in." (Richard Corliss, Time Magazine)


Studio Sony
SKU 202060709
UPC 043396133402
UPC 14 00043396133402
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2006
Essential Cinema
New York City
Psychic Forces
Slapstick Comedy
Editors Note
Note GHOSTBUSTERS: When Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murrary) and his Columbia University colleagues (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson) are kicked out of their prestigious academic posts, they start a private practice as professional ghost-catchers. Although the three parascientists are idle for awhile, their television advertisements finally pay off when beautiful Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) contracts them. It seems her apartment has become the entryway for ghastly ghosts and goofy ghouls hellbent on terrorizing New York City. Soon they're going to her rescue, trying to rid the city of the slimy creatures. GHOSTBUSTERS hit U.S. screens in June of 1984 and went on to become one of the most successful comedy films of all time, spawning a sequel and a popular animated series.^STRIPES: When John Winger (Bill Murray) loses his girlfriend, his job, and his apartment, he and his best friend (Harold Ramis) decide to join the Army. Way over their heads, they eventually learn the ropes and manage to take a top-secret U.S. recreational vehicle behind the Iron Curtain on a road trip. Directed by Ivan Reitman (GHOSTBUSTERS, MEATBALLS), STRIPES was an ITA award winner.^GROUNDHOG DAY: Once again, for the fifth year in a row, TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to cover the Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, an assignment he truly despises. But this year something truly bizarre happens after he finishes the report: when he wakes up the next morning, ready to leave, he discovers it's February 2 all over again. He tries to tell his producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell), what's happening, but neither she nor anyone else understands; only he remembers that they've already lived through Groundhog Day. When the same thing happens the next morning, he thinks he's going insane and wreaks havoc all through the town. More and more mornings pass, all of them February 2, and all of them with an ever angrier Phil. Desperate to escape, he even tries suicide, but still another February 2 dawns. As he starts realizing that his exploits are not making time march on any quicker, Phil begins to change his behavior, performing a series of lifesaving tasks until he becomes a model citizen, hoping it will be enough to get him out of Punxsatawney forever. Along the way he learns more about the people around him--and himself--than he ever thought possible. The film is extremely well put together by director Harold Ramis, and the script by Danny Rubin and Ramis is sharp and clever. The actors--many of whom have to perform essentially the same scene over and over again, with only subtle differences--are a riot.
Harold Ramis
Ivan Reitman
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Bill Murray
Andie MacDowell
Cast & Crew
Andie MacDowell - [Groundhog] Actor
Bill Murray - [All] Actor
Brian Doyle-Murray - [Groundhog] Actor
Chris Elliott - [Groundhog] Actor
Dan Aykroyd - [Ghostbusters] Actor
Ernie Hudson - [Ghostbusters] Actor
Harold Ramis - [Groundhog] Director
Harold Ramis - [Stripes, Ghostbusters] Actor
Ivan Reitman - [Stripes, Ghostbusters] Director
John Candy - [Stripes] Actor
Rick Moranis - [Ghostbusters] Actor
Sigourney Weaver - [Ghostbusters] Actor
Stephen Tobolowsky - [Groundhog] Actor
Warren Oates - [Stripes] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 13340
UPC 00043396133402
Number of Discs 3
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review [Groundhog] ...Clever comedy-fantasy keeps coming up with new twists and turns, even when you're sure there's nowhere else it can go. An ideal vehicle for Murray...
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Stripes] Stripes is an anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun. It comes from some of the same people involved in National Lampoon's Animal House, and could have been titled National Lampoon's Animal Army with little loss of accuracy.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Box Set, DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews [Stripes] ...owes a lot to [Bill Murray's] laid back, slightly sneering comedy style...
Gene Shalit, NBC Today Show [Groundhog] ...Bill Murray's best screen performance.
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle [Ghostbusters] The comedy here is solid gold, Bill Murray is in peak form, and the effects are a lot of fun.

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