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Comic Nightmare Neighbors Move in on MOD DVD

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Sony Pictures is opening up its vaults and throwing its hat into the Manufacturing on Demand initiative in which obscure classics get long overdue made-to-order home video releases, and one of the first titles out is the classic strange comedy Neighbors!

From the Press Release
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) debuts the newly remastered Neighbors (1981) on DVD as part of its “Columbia Classics” lineup. The comedy reteamed Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and John Belushi (Animal House) after their triumphs on “Saturday Night Live” and the hit film The Blues Brothers. A quiet man’s peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door. Consumers can purchase the authentic, high-quality DVD on Amazon, Warner Archive or Critics’ Choice Video. Neighbors will retail for $20.95 SLP, plus shipping.

Synopsis
Earl Keese (John Belushi, Animal House) is a slightly overweight, fairly average guy who is approaching middle age. He leads a reasonably comfortable life with his family in their suburban home … until the house next door is bought by a truly odd couple, Vic (Dan Aykroyd) and Ramona (Cathy Moriarty, Raging Bull), who quickly proceed to drive Earl crazy. Vic’s lunatic behavior has Earl running in circles while Ramona’s coarse seductiveness leaves him panting. In short, Earl’s tranquil life is suddenly turned upside down. If it’s laughs you want, these are the neighbors to look in on. John G. Avildsen (The Karate Kid, 1984, For Keeps?) directs a dream comedy cast (including SNL regular Tim Kazurinsky) from a screenplay by the one and only Larry Gelbart (Tootsie, The Wrong Box).

Comic Nightmare Neighbors Move in on MOD DVD

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  • Cinemascribe

    Holy crap..I’m very selective about these made to order DVD’s as a rule, but I really may have to pony up and acquire this one. I can’t tell you how many times I watched this movie back in the day. It was a staple of cable viewing in my house. I also read the source novel which inspired it. Casting Aykroyd and Belushi against expectations was an act of genius.

    It was the combination of his role in this film and in the romantic drama/comedy Continental Divide which demonstrated to me that there was a lot more to Belushi as an actor than Bluto or Jake Blues..and it made it that much harder when he passed away.

  • bitterman23

    One of the best horror films of 1981. Should have been included in the Class of 81 list.