Bill Murray: Three times the comedy

Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:05 p.m.
With his recent stints in such movies as "Broken Flowers," "The Lost City" and "Lost in Translation," it's almost possible to forget that Bill Murray, he of the sardonic scowl and enigmatic mutterings, started out as a madcap goofball. After all, comedies such as "Caddyshack" and "Meatballs" are more than 25 years old.
For those who feel nostalgic at that thought, or for moviegoers too young to remember them, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a three-movie package of Murray comedies - "Groundhog Day," "Ghostbusters" and an extended cut of "Stripes" ($24.95).
The oldest of the bunch, "Stripes," is slapstick humor about a couple of sad sacks who join the Army to get in shape and meet women. Extras on the disc include an hour-long documentary with interviews from most of the principal players, including Sean Young, P.J. Soles, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold and Harold Ramis. The usually interview averse Murray also shows up.
There are similar extras on "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," but they're older, less informative and less interesting than the ones on "Stripes." It's funny that what is easily the most lowbrow film of the trio evokes the best discussion of movie-making. It's a good reminder that even if you're aiming low you still need enough skill to hit the target.

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