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American Graffiti (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1973)

Ron Howard , Cindy Williams , George Lucas  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Wolfman Jack
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 2.0), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQMBDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Graffiti (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

U-Control™: Picture in picture video commentary with director George Lucas. U-Control™: The Music of American Graffiti -- Identify songs from the film and create a custom playlist. The Making of American Graffiti -- An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew. Screen Tests -- Never-before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith. Original Theatrical Trailer. BD-Live™ -- Access the BD-Live™ Center through your internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more. My Scenes -- Bookmark your favorite scenes. pocket BLU™ App -- Experience an exciting new way with the app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and now enhanced for iPad.

Editorial Reviews

From director George Lucas (Star Wars) and producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n’ roll. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers in their breakout roles, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, American Graffiti features the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets.

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158 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Was I In '62? Where Were You? August 26, 2003
Format:DVD
"Where were you in `62?"
I wasn't around in `62 -- I was born in `63, as a matter of fact, and I was 10 when George Lucas' American Graffiti was released. I wasn't really aware of either George Lucas or American Graffiti in 1973, although four years later I would know Lucas from his next -- and most popular -- film, Star Wars. I did not go to the movies much in 1973, but I saw this wonderful film when it was broadcast by ABC some years later. (ABC, capitalizing on its "hot" new sitcom, Three's Company, shamelessly promoted it as "starring Suzanne Somers." In fact, Suzanne is not even billed with the eight "stars.")
If film and television historians have it right, though, American Graffiti was the catalyst for the 1950s Nostalgia fad that begat TV's Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and the blessedly short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi (not to mention Sha Na Na and Broadway`s Grease). And it isn't terribly surprising that Happy Days and its spin-offs owe their inspiration -- if not their very existence -- to Lucas' first major culturally significant film. Happy Days starred Ron Howard, who (as Ronny Howard) had second billing in Graffiti, while Laverne and Shirley costar Cindy Williams was the female lead.
American Graffiti is a bittersweet yet comedic look at what the DVD publicity blurb says was "America's last age of innocence." In the summer of `62, JFK was in the White House, the Beatles were still unknown in this side of the Atlantic, and drive in diners and movie palaces were very popular. There was no Internet or even Studio 54 just yet, so kids went cruising, looking for girls to pick up or rivals to race in their souped-up hot rods.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I think you'll find that the cash you'll fork over for this DVD Collector's Edition of 1973's "American Graffiti" will be money very wisely spent. Because the outstanding, in-depth, 78-minute documentary feature, "The Making Of American Graffiti", is worth the cost all by itself.

Every single one of the film's major cast members takes part in the documentary program. Director George Lucas and Producer Francis Ford Coppola (plus other members of the production staff and crew) also participate in this fascinating behind-the-scenes "Making Of" feature, which is one of the best documentaries I've ever come across on a DVD.

Mr. Lucas talks openly and extensively about the making of "Graffiti" and guides the viewer, step-by-step, through the many aspects of creating this unique film -- from the difficulty in getting a studio interested in the project, to the movie's filming on the streets of two small California towns, and through to the release of the picture in theaters (the movie opened on August 11, 1973).

Many interesting tidbits of information are revealed in the documentary, including Harrison Ford's recollection of his "cowboy hat". It seems that Harrison was opposed to getting one of those awful '60s-style haircuts (as were others in the cast). So Ford talked Director Lucas into letting him wear a cowboy hat instead. And then there's Charlie Martin Smith ("Toad"), who had some problems parking his motor scooter in the film's very first scene. But Charlie's gaffe was left in the final cut of the movie by Director Lucas. (Which is a good thing too; it's a great moment in the picture.)

Some original actor Screen Tests are also included in the Making-Of documentary.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic August 31, 2005
By Scipio
Format:DVD
I originally watched this movie in high school. Despite having been told about most of the best scenes in advance by my friends, it was still a lot of fun. Of course, a lot of other people thought so too, as it spawned a nostalgia craze for the 50s and early 60s resulting in many (too many?) seasons of "Happy Days," among others.

A few years ago, I saw the movie again on TV. I realized that, even though I was much more mature (at least physically), this movie still seemed very very good.

I recently got the DVD and watched it properly and I have to say that, after careful scrutiny, this really is one of the finest films ever made. I won't retell a story that's much better told by the movie, but: it has a lot of laughs, but it's not entirely a comedy (especially the ending); it has plenty of music, but it's not a musical; it has plenty of action, but no blood and gore; it seems incredibly realistic, but there is never a dull moment; there are multiple storylines and an ensemble cast, but it never gets confusing.

Every aspect of this movie is impressive, but I'm particularly struck by the genius of George Lucas and associates when it comes to casting. Every actor in this movie seems perfect for the role they play. If you look hard you'll see quite a few familiar faces getting their start (including Suzanne Somers very briefly as the girl in the Thunderbird). Many, particularly Harrison Ford & Richard Dreyfuss, went on to long, successful careers. Although they were all great in this film, I thought that Candy Clark was a standout.

If you get this collector's edition of the DVD you'll also be able to see an in-depth "extra" on the story behind the making of the film - very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
Published 10 hours ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains Timeless and Relevant
It’s hard to remember a time when a teenager’s Friday night consisted of hanging at the local drive-in and terms like ‘going steady’ or ‘ boss’ were frequently used, especially for... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Blood
5.0 out of 5 stars good price, and fast
Accurate description, good price, and fast shipping
Published 2 days ago by drew tubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN GRAFFITI(BLU-RAY+DVD+DIGITAL COPY)
I LOVE THIS FILM NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE CONTENT, STORY LINE AND MUSIC, BUT ALSO ALL THOSE 1950'S CARS AND ALL HAPPENING IN THE SPAN OF ONE NIGHT GREAT FILM
Published 3 days ago by david s t saucedo David T. Saucedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A true classic
Published 3 days ago by Joseph J. Vetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie thank you
Published 5 days ago by leigh okeeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars except the car were nothing like the old wrecks we drove
My teenage years in a nut shell, except the car were nothing like the old wrecks we drove. Ours were put together with baling wire, tape and retread tires.
Published 6 days ago by William R. High
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great classic!
Published 7 days ago by JEREMY RUSSO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Memories....
Published 11 days ago by Rod F.
5.0 out of 5 stars I have saw this movie several times and loved it. As you can guess I'm...
I have saw this movie several times and loved it. As you can guess I'm an older person and the 60's were my time. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ernest F. Goad
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Would it have killed them to put American Graffiti 2 on the disc as well.
High definition video actually takes up more space than standard def, so fitting both films on one disc isn't easy, and this can sometimes hurt the picture quality of the films. If they could fit both films on one disc they would also probably cut out some or all of the special features, and that... Read More
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