Blu-ray Release: Meatballs

Blu-ray Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Lionsgate

Meatballs movie scene

Bill Murray goes to summer camp in Meatballs.

The Blu-ray debut of the 1979 comedy Meatballs, one of Bill Murray’s (Get Low) earliest films, offers fans another opportunity to giggle over their favorite lines (via the prompting by a high-definition presentation).

Directed by Ivan Reitman (No Strings Attached), the film stars Murray as Tripper, the head counselor of Camp North Star, an off-the-wall summer getaway for kids and various misfits. Tripper guides his loveable campers and spirited staff members on a quest for fun in the sun. But this one summer has a couple of unique situations brewing for Tripper in the form of a runaway camper (Chris Makepeace, My Bodyguard), a cute fellow counselor (Kate Lynch, New Year) and an end-of-the-season Olympics competition against a rival camp filled with rich kids.

The Blu-ray will reportedly include an audio commentary by Reitman; Lionsgate is also re-issuing a DVD edition of Meatballs for a list price of $9.98.

Oh, and as for those memorable bits of dialogue, here’s a pair of my favorite lines, courtesy of Bill Murray:

“Mmmmm. Look at all those steaming wieners. Do you know what they’re saying? They’re saying, “This is the year that Fink beats ‘The Stomach’.”


“Well I feel sorry for her, you know. She’s got a glass eye. And, uh, I’m one of the few people who knows exactly which eye to look at when they’re talking to her, so she’s sort of fixated on me.”


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.