In an attempt to recover some dignity after devoting a column to “Skidoo,” this week I cover two undisputed classics of the New American Cinema, both freshly issued on Blu-ray: John Landis’s “Animal House” (1978) and “The Blues Brothers” (1980). Funny then, funny now, funny on the far side of the Apocalypse.
In other good news for Landis fans, his British feature “Burke & Hare,” produced by the revived Ealing Studios, will open through IFC on September 9. Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis star as the celebrated 19th century grave robbers, one of whom makes an actual, in-person appearance in the film. It’s Landis’s first fiction feature in twelve years — another sign, as if any more were needed, of how seriously screwed up studio filmmaking has become.