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a movie set in the 1950s
Riding the strange '50s nostalgia wave that swept through America during the late 1970s (caused by TV shows like Happy Days and films like American Graffiti), Grease became not only the word in 1978, but also a box-office smash and a cultural phenomenon. Twenty years later, this entertaining film adaptation of the Broadway musical received another successful theatrical release, which included visual remastering and a shiny new Dolby soundtrack. In this 2002 DVD release, Grease lovers can also now see it in the correct 2:35 to 1 Panavision aspect ratio, and see retrospective interviews with cast members and director Randal Kleiser. All these stylistic touches are essential to the film's success. Without the vibrant colors, unforgettably campy and catchy tunes (like "Greased Lightning," "Summer Nights," and "You're the One That I Want"), and fabulously choreographed, widescreen musical numbers, the film would have to rely on a silly, cliché-filled plot that we've seen hundreds of times. As it is, the episodic story about the romantic dilemmas experienced by a group of graduating high school seniors remains fresh, fun, and incredibly imaginative.
The young, animated cast also deserves a lot of credit, bringing chemistry and energy to otherwise bland material. John Travolta, straight from his success in Saturday Night Fever, knows his sexual star power and struts, swaggers, sings, and dances appropriately, while Olivia Newton-John's portrayal of virgin innocence is the only decent acting she's ever done. And then there's Stockard Channing, spouting sexual double-entendres as Rizzo, the bitchy, raunchy leader of the Pink Ladies, who steals the film from both of its stars. Ignore the sequel at all costs. --Dave McCoy
Great Movie, Has the Sing a Long version. Great image quality. Totally recommended/Published 3 days ago by felipeae
Old movie, young grandchild watches it continuously, so bought her a copy.Published 10 days ago by KVarner
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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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