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John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade--it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll!
When Grease was first released on DVD in 2002, Paramount threw a massive release party, reuniting the original cast and crew for a night of reminiscing and sing-alongs. It's that footage that makes up the majority of the Rockin' Rydell Edition's special features, and oh what special features they are. Watching Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta duet on "You're The One That I Want"--complete with dance moves and a live band--and bringing in the other T-Birds and Pink Ladies for "Summer Nights" is simply magic, even if most of them struggled to remember the words. The new edition, wrapped in a black leather T-Bird jacket, also includes a Rydell sing-along (go directly to your favorite numbers and karaoke your heart out) and features on everything from the cars of Grease to the choreography (Poor Jeff Conaway: There's multiple references to the fact that he played Danny on Broadway, but got relegated to the role of Kenickie instead, only to see Kenickie's "Greased Lightning" number get handed to Travolta's Danny for the film.). There's also interviews with Newton-John and Travolta on the evening of the movie's premiere in 1978, before she would bust out with "Physical" (and uh, Xanadu) and he would one day be a mega-movie star with his own plane.
The audio commentary, with director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch, is mostly a snoozefest other than two little gems: That actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and director Andy Tennant (Hitch) make appearances as a jock and dancer, respectively; and that the original hand jive had a "much raunchier title," according to Birch. The Rockin' Rydell edition is well worth the investment, at least until Travolta hobbles around in a leather jacket for the 50th anniversary reunion. -- Ellen A. Kim
OMG!! This is the best movie of all time!! I even got my daughter addicted to it!! She is getting with a group of friends for Halloween! A must see!!!Published 2 days ago by Annie
Classic Movie and it is timeless! Either you love it or you hate it, I do think this version sounds a bit different but it may be me. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gavin
Great Movie, Has the Sing a Long version. Great image quality. Totally recommended/Published 6 days ago by felipeae
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|Does Amazon offer the Pink Ladies jacket?||
The Pink Ladies packaging is exclusive to Target stores, FYI.
Sep 25, 2006 by Kyle Hall | See all 6 posts
|Non-anamorphic "cartoon" introduction||
I was pissed to see the titles shrunk!
May 13, 2009 by ginsburger | See all 4 posts
|Does this edition come with the leather jacket cover?||
I was wondering that myself. The actual DVD is the same edition that comes packed inside the leather jacket version. I'm guessing this one doesn't as the leather jacket was most likely some type of limited run packaging. My local Circuit City here in NJ actually had 3 of the leather jacket ones... Read More
Jul 7, 2007 by Richard Allegretti III | See all 5 posts
|More compression on 1 disc?||
Yes, that's right. But also, the international versions are in PAL not NTSC. PAL does take up more disc space, although they could have fitted it all in one disc if they wanted. I guess if you want the best picture quality, buy the Australian DVD. Olivia will thank you for it.
Sep 24, 2006 by William | See all 2 posts
|This and previous Grease versions?||
From what I understand, 2 years ago a commentary track was recorded and just missed being slapped on the Grease DVD release. The previous DVD release is fine but it's clearly the laserdisc version from 1998. This new transfer should look better and hopefully have some good extras like the... Read More
Jun 27, 2006 by Chetman | See all 2 posts
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