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"Before John Hughes put the sensitive teen film on the map, Bob Clark led another teen revolution in 1982 with his release of Porky's. Based upon his "real" experiences as a teen growing up in the 1950s, the film grossed a staggering 105 million in US rentals and secured its place as one of the most successful comedies of all time - it came in second to Tootsie that year. This DVD release restores the film to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and provides a rich new print for future generations to enjoy. While not the first film in the teen gross out "genre" - it was certainly a defining film, and its easy to see why. At the time it set the standard for "gross" far outpacing the envelope pushing "Animal House" in terms of bad taste. Much like the influence American Pie had on nineties teen cinema, the influence of Porky's was far reaching.
It's sad then, that the sequel wasn't quite up to par. Clark insisted that the sequel was funnier than the first in interviews at the time, adding that the sequel was dealing with important issues while still maintaining the integrity of the original. Alas, while the morality of the first film remains - this time centered around miscegnation and indecency in a production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (the correlation to be made between the character's defense of the Shakespeare play against the upset moral majority and Clark's defense of the original Porky's is hard to miss) - the T & A that the first film deftly delivered to the pimply masses is missing. Subsequently, the moral message makes the film more preachy than fun, and the normally acceptable carbon copy sequel strategy doesn't work as a result. However, for the low price of 14.99, the DVD is worth purchasing for the guilty pleasure provided by the original - and the sequel can be enjoyed if only as a way to pass the time until the third film (a decent third entry in the tired series directed by newcomer James Tomack) is released."
Two Hilarious Classics For The Price Of One!
David C. Anderson | 01/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Porky's: A classic, as everyone knows. Hilarious scenes include the Cherry Forever incident, the first run in with Mr. Porky, the call for Mike Hunt, the scene with Lassie in the boy's locker room, and of course, the famous shower scene. The movie's good 'cause, as well as being really funny, it's a nostalgic look at a time long gone, and has some good messages about anti-Semiticism and child abuse, all topped off with an awesome revenge scheme.
Porky's II The Next Day: Leonard Maltin called this movie "unrelated to the original." I don't know what movie he was watching, because, although this doesn't have Porky or his bar, this one continues right after part one with the same characters and lots of continuations from the original. A lot of people don't like this 'cause it's missing Porky, but the important thing is the characters are here and just as fun. There's more revenge, all of it rightfully deserved and deliciously done. A very worthy sequel (although Jarvis healed major injuries pretty quickly).
This is a cool DVD. I got it for Christmas, and watch it a lot. The only problem is that Porky's is already available on a singular DVD, so it might have made more sense to relase a DVD with Porky's II The Next Day and Porky's Revenge together, since Porky's Revenge is not yet available on DVD. Ah well, this is still a fun movie set with two really funny classics. Buy it from Amazon now."
STILL FUNNY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!
gerhalt | BLUEFIELD, WV. | 09/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw these movies back in the 1980's and they were funny then and they're funny now. The scene from pt.1 that gets me every time is when "Miss Ballbreaker" is trying to tell the Principal about Tommy Turner and the girls shower, those coaches in the background laughing hystericaly and the Principal trying to keep a straight face. That scene is nothing short of fall in the floor funny. In pt.2 it's the whole date scene with Wendy when she pretends to be drunk. Bottom line, these movies are classic and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants or needs a good laugh."
The best shower scene since "Psycho"
C.H. | Beach Park, IL | 03/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kudos to 20th Century Fox for releasing the first two Porky's films on one DVD. (We're still waiting for "Porky's Revenge") Set in Florida circa 1954, the original film has fun loving guys from Angel Beach High knocking heads with Porky, the mammoth sized proprietor of the raunchiest brothel in the Florida everglades. After being robbed and humiliated by Porky (and Porky's brother, who happens to be the sheriff), the boys learn how sweet revenge can be. Besides peeking at beach bunnies, one boy deals with his abusive father and his own anti-semitism, while another makes it his mission in life to "get lucky". The gang returned for "Porky's II: The Next Day", where they barely has time to savor the night before when the KKK, the crooked city commission, and a lying politition try to but the brakes on the Angel Beach High Shakespeare festival "because it's dirty". The sequel is toned down with more of a social commentary. Not bad, but things picked up speed again with 1985's "Porky's Revenge"."
Laugh out Loud funny...
mehandle | Philadelphia, PA United States | 01/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The title says it all, the movies are just like they are on VHS. The sound and video are enhanced, not bad for an '81 and '83 comedy, huh? These two films are a MUST to buy, even if its just for the Women's Shower Scene, you can't miss this deal. I laughed throughout this entire movie(both of the them). I was dissappointed to see that there are no interactive features though, I do like them."