There are so many great stories out there it makes documentaries easily one of the best genres out there. The latest Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon brings the story of easily the most important publication to modern humor to ever existed, but do they handle the story right or will it fail to really capture the brilliance of what they did for the world?
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon tells the story of three Harvard graduates who created the National Lampoon, which changed the world of comedy and launched the careers of doe of Hollywood’s most legendary talent. The material and lifestyle of the writers, artists and performers made comedy feel like rock n’ roll for the first time. But soon success and excess among its brilliant and subversive contributors begin to challenge the Lampoon’s existence. There are probably more people that know the name National Lampoon from their movies more than their magazine these days, but they are so much more than that. The history of this brand is insane and amazing just on the sheer amount of celebrities that got their start there like John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. This story is crafted to perfection telling the history of not only the magazine but the creators as well and all the ins and outs of what went into making it happen. You can tell the impact that they had on comedy and pop culture just due to the sheer amount of talent they got to speak about them including Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, John Goodman, John Landis, Tim Matheson, Meat Loaf, Billy Bob Thornton and more. They have done a great job at bringing all the details to this story that will not only entertain those hardcore fans that already know the story, but also those that may not. There is so much rich history here there is likely something if not a lot of things that people may not know that Lampoon was involved with or inspired. Taking a trip through the amazing and tragic history of this publication is amazing to say the least and one that should be seen by everyone if for no other reason of the sheer history of it all.
This is one of those documentaries that not only delivers this story to perfection through some great stories, stock footage, audio clips and accounts from those that grew up loving and inspired by Lampoon. It’s a rare documentary that manages to be something you may want to watch again just for the entertainment of it all. The film itself is worth the purchase of this release, but it does sport some great features including bonus interviews/scenes, even more stories, featurettes, John Goodman reading Doug Kenny and so much more including a hilariously awesome story of Lampoon’s involvement with their never produced version of JAWS 3: People 0 film.
Take a drug fueled and comedy brilliant trip through the history of the greatest comedy publication in history when Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on April 19th from Magnolia Home Entertainment.