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.
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).
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