Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Digital Release Date: April 19, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia


From the 1970s thru the 1990s, the outrageous satirical comedy magazine The National Lampoon pushed the limits of taste and acceptability – and then pushed them even harder.  Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation, launching dozens of huge careers on the way.

Wackiness ensues at The National Lampoon.

Wackiness ensues at The National Lampoon.

Director Douglas Tirola’s 2015 documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon tells the story of the rise and fall through interviews with its key staff and hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine’s prime). Tirola also sits down with  celebrity fans of The National Lampoon including Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and Billy Bob Thornton, among others to discuss its continuing cultural significance.

Bonus features on the discs include the following:

-Additional Interview Footage
-John Goodman Reads Doug Kenney
-Thoughts on Animal House
-Drugs in the Office
-Jaws 3 People 0
-Working in NYC
-Thoughts on “SNL”
-Favorite National Lampoon Pieces
-Reading John Hughes – Beverly D’Angelo, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Furst, Anthony Michael Hall and Chevy Chase
-Artists in National Lampoon
Chevy Chase Pot Seeds Story

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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.