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1941 - Collector's Edition (1979)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Dan Aykroyd
Ned Beatty
John Belushi
Lorraine Gary
Bobby Di Cicco
Tim Matheson
Treat Williams
Toshiro Mifune
Christopher Lee
Robert Stack
Warren Oates
Murray Hamilton
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; War
Director Steven Spielberg
Producer Buzz Feitshans
Studio Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 146 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.5
Watching this director's cut, it's finally possible to see why the studio made Spielberg mercilessly hack up this comedy: it's a screaming movie (everyone screams a lot), and screaming movies do not need character development. So all those character-development scenes hit the cutting-room floor and, surprise, they were all critical to Spielberg's pace for the humor in this film. The screaming wasn't that funny then--and it still isn't--but what is funny are the reinserted development scenes, showcasing the now-evident sense of hysteria in the Los Angeles community, post-Pearl Harbor. A bunch of certified nitwits, and a few certified lunatics, act as if Tojo Hideki's entire Imperial force is just off the mainland. Actually, one Japanese submarine is, and it helps fuel the frenzy. John Belushi is Wild Bill Kelso, an insane fighter pilot, and Dan Aykroyd plays a conciliatory tank commander. Robert Stack's performance as General Stilwell, one of the best of the film, finally makes sense. Also fun for the numerous cameos, Spielberg's inside jokes, and John Williams's great score. --Keith Simanton
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 918
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/9/2007
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition Collector's Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192055027
Chapters 60
Release Date 3/23/1999
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Interactive Menus
An Original Documentary on The Making Of: including new video interviews with Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale, John Milius, Robert Zemeckis and others
Steven Spielberg's home movies and Behind-the-Scene Footage
28 Restored Minutes
Deleted Scenes
Storyboards and Production Photographs
Original Advertising, Marketing and Publicity Materials