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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 (437 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: 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 (437 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQMBDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Graffiti (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

U-Control: Video Commentary with Director George Lucas
U-Control: The Music of American Graffiti
The Making of American Graffiti
Screen Tests
Theatrical Trailer
My Scenes
BD-Live
pocket BLU App

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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154 of 167 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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40 of 43 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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45 of 50 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Audio quality Poor
The Audio quality was poor - Speach did not sync to match the video. Also The speach was very low volume while music was very loud so it was difficult to contol volume level for... Read more
Published 32 minutes ago by T. Carnes
5.0 out of 5 stars On my Top 100 list
I was in junior high school when most of the music was popular. The film encases many of things that we thought was important when we were young. A Baby Boomer must.
Published 1 day ago by western auto
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, oldtime movie
Watch this movie in the theater years ago. It is kind of a nonsense, forget your troubles, kind of movie. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Diana J. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating American Graffiti
I forgot how much I loved this film! I needed to watch it for an assignment in Adolescent Psychology, and enjoyed every minute of it!!
Published 13 days ago by Tonia Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film !
1973 saw the release of American Graffiti, and luckily I saw it in the theatre. The cast has many stars, my favorite is Suzanne Somers, memorable as the blonde in the Thunderbird. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
thanks for the fast delivery of this movie. My son in law wanted it for his birthday. sure beats going to look for it.
Published 16 days ago by karen swinford
4.0 out of 5 stars Graduate 1962
Reminds me of high school.
So very much different than now : (
Memories. Memories. Memories.
The jerkwad the black 1955 HotRod driver became: a cop....... : (
Published 17 days ago by P. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars On time and in new condition
Everything was perfect with this transaction. Nice job. I am highly satisfied with this purchase. I always look to Amazon for my purchases.
Published 18 days ago by Charles McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best car movie ever!
I have watched this movie well over 30 times. Had to see it in Blu-ray. I watch every winter, it helps me get through it!
Published 21 days ago by Victor Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
order this movie if you are a true lover on the 50's and cars this is a classic movie everyone should see
Published 26 days ago by frank.h
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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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