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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Drums Over Malta" )

 

directed by David Steinberg
Canada/USA 1983

 

SCTV alums John Candy (SPACEBALLS), Eugene Levy (CANNIBAL GIRLS), and Joe Flaherty (REALLY WEIRD TALES) reunite for an early stab at stateside recognition in the Canadian/American co-production GOING BERSERK, the second of only three feature films by otherwise prolific comic-turned-television director David Steinberg (THE WRONG GUY). John (Candy) is a drummer who runs a limo business on the side with his partner Chick (Flaherty) and is engaged to Nancy (THE WONDER YEARS' Alley Mills), daughter of senator and future presidential candidate Ed Reese (Pat Hingle, THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN). When Reese targets Reverend Sun Yi Day (Richard Libertini, DAYS OF HEAVEN) and his religious organziation ("My body, my soul, my money") for fraud, the reverend and his mistress Angela (Dixie Carter, THE EVENING SUN) - who has been using aerobics to brainwash cult members - plant a post-hypnotic suggestion in John to murder his father-in-law during the wedding.

Not one of the great eighties John Candy comedies, GOING BERSERK is alternately hilarious and desperate. As many jokes succeed as fall flat, with setpieces involving punks and bikers, a brainwashed heiress named Patti (hmmm...), male strippers (John defends a mobbed stripper by literally hurling groping females off the stage), and parodies of kung-fu movies (actually it seems more like a A Fistful of Yen from KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE), THE BLUE LAGOON, as well as FATHER KNOWS BEST with Elinor Donahue taking on Jane Wyman's role as the battered Margaret). Levy appears in a subplot that goes nowhere as Chip's sleazy producer friend Sal DiPasquale (Levy) - director of Kung Fu U. - who blackmails Reese into letting him shoot John's and Nancy's wedding. The supporting cast includes Ernie Hudson (PENITENTIARY II), MORK & MINDY's Elizabeth Kerr, Kurtwood Smith (ROBOCOP), and Julius Harris (LIVE AND LET DIE). The film was the first producing credit for Denise Di Novi (BATMAN RETURNS), with VIDEODROME's Pierre David and Claude Héroux on the Canadian side.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 30 September 1983 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Universal Pictures (Studio Selections) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Simply Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Simply Media
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:24:18 1:21:03 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.62 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� none

DVD Release Date: 3 August 2010
Amaray

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Simply Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 6 June 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Previously released in the UK by Universal, Simply Media's single-layer anamorphic disc is virtually identical (aside from PAL speed-up) to the current American release. UK viewers will be satisfied to know that a few seconds of nunchacku footage deleted by the BBFC from video releases has been restored here. The Universal disc (originally released as part of the JOHN CANDY COMEDY FAVORITES along with UNCLE BUCK and THE GREAT OUTDOORS) has no menu or subtitles/caption options but is divided into ten chapters.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Image:

Draw

Sound:

Draw

Extras: Draw
Menu: Simply Media (no menu on Universal)

 

 
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Distribution

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Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 2 - PAL



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