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Moonstruck [Blu-ray] (1987)

Cher , Nicolas Cage , Norman Jewison  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: John Patrick Shanley
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Bonnie Palef, Patrick J. Palmer
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GGQN0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moonstruck [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Fall under the delightful spell of Moonstruck, the mesmerizing romantic comedy from director Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) and Oscarr winner* John Patrick Shanley. Academy Awardr winners** Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis excel in this explosively funny tale which also features flawless performances by Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia and Frasier's John Mahoney. Cher is "devastatingly funny, sinuous and beautiful" (Pauline Kael) as Loretta, an unlucky in love Italian widow who finds romance through the intervention of the Manhattan moon. With her wedding to a close friend just weeks away, she meets and falls hopelessly in love with his younger brother (Cage)! Her dilemma and her equally passionate and hilariously eccentric family make for an unforgettable film you'll find "beguiling" (Time), "enchanting" (Newsweek) and "irresistible" ("Today Show").

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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich meal of a DVD! April 17, 2006
By Cubist
Format:DVD
When MGM first released Moonstruck on DVD they inexplicably did so with an inferior pan and scan transfer. They've rectified this situation with a new deluxe edition that restores its proper aspect ratio and with a collection of new extras. Moonstruck was the My Big Fat Geek Wedding of its day only infinitely better and about an Italian family as opposed to a Greek one. Watching Norman Jewison's film again, you realize just how much Nia Vardalos' film is heavily indebted to it. If Moonstruck is La Boheme than Greek Wedding is Tony and Tina's Wedding.

It's time to use your old disc as a coaster as this edition is definitely worth the double dip. MGM has taken TBS' dinner and a movie to the next level by including three recipe cards with fine Italian meals so that you can do your own cooking and eat it while watching the movie.

Carried over from the previous edition is the audio commentary by Cher, director Norman Jewison and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley. Both Jewison and Shanley talk about their fascination with death while Cher talks about the importance of costume and how it helps her get into character. This is a solid commentary with smart observations and excellent anecdotes from everyone.

"Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family" takes us through the genesis of the film mixing interviews done at the time of filming (Cage and Cher) and new ones (Aiello and Dukakis). There is great, behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage as Jewison and Shanley take us through the film telling several entertaining anecdotes.

"Pastas to Pastries: The Art of Fine Italian Food" is a tour of some of the best restaurants in Little Italy, in particular on Mulberry Street.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments on the transfer. June 28, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Despite comments by previous reviewers this video is not pan and scan, it is cropped. There is a difference although I can understand how people could confuse the two. Moonstruck was originally shot with the intention of a 1:85 aspect ratio for theatrical screenings and 1:33 for television. The tops and bottoms of the frame were cropped to give it the widescreen ratio in the theatre. When films are shot for cropping they are essentially composed by the DP for both for 1:85 and 1:33 ratios simultaneously. Full frame video versions simply remove the cropping bars and show you more than you would have seen in a theatrical presentation. Pee Wee's Big Adventure and The Shining are two other films that utilized this (relatively uncommon) process. While one would still prefer that these films be cropped so as to provide a more "theatrical" feel it is incorrect to call this pan-and-scan because there is no panning and the viewer isn't losing any of the original frame information.
Pan-and-scan is when a film is shot in a widescreen format such as cinemascope, panavision or Super 16 and then transferred to video full-frame. In this case you actually are losing the material at either side of the film frame and you get that notorious back-and-forth panning as the transfer people try to focus the viewer on what they consider the "important" part of the frame. This injustice is still perpetrated for a majority of VHS releases but DVD producers for the most part have caught on that people "want widescreen". So yes, most of the time a full-frame release does indicate the pan-and-scan process but not with this film.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Whole Widescreen Issue... July 3, 2006
Format:DVD
First off, this is a brilliant movie. Absolutely wonderful, delightful, funny, romantic, and magical. Divine. Worth a cosmos of the brightest, most glorious stars, but I guess in this case a mere five will do.

But I'm sure you've heard what a great film this is by now, if you haven't seen it already and found out for yourself. What I want to address is the controversy regarding the new widescreen transfer on the deluxe DVD. It is indeed true that you see more in the original MGM pan & scan release--but this is still a legitimate widescreen presentation, and the way this beautiful movie was originally intended to be seen. There are many different ways to shoot film in widescreen, and one of these involves shooting onto 1.37 ratio film (pan & scan ratio) while composing it for theatrical widescreen with the aid of two lines representing the "bars" you see on a TV on the monitor. This how "Moonstruck" was filmed, and it is done so that the director can have control over how the film will look both when seen in a theater and when cropped for viewing on a conventional television. Thus, the film is shot with more image on top and bottom than you actually end up seeing in the theater, but although you are technically seeing more in pan & scan, the widescreen is still really the "definitive" version.

Anyway, I hope this review helps those who may be debating between which version of this wonderful movie they ought to buy. Both are legitimate--I've seen the pan & scan and it's lovely (it clearly was carefully composed for both aspect ratios) but I'm going to buy the widescreen version. Thanks, and hope I could help!
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83 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To widescreen, or not to widescreen? September 2, 2001
By George
Format:DVD
(formerly a THREE-STAR review)
GOOD NEWS AND ALTERED COMMENTS!! BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT!!! "Moonstruck" is a fabulous modern comedy/romance, a classic!! I LOVE this film, and you will, too!
I had complained in my previous comment about the lack of widescreen theatrical release format in the previous release of this film, but I have just received word straight from the horse's mouth (MGM, via e-mail at their website) that the re-release of 'Moonstruck' on DVD (Nov.) will be available in either full-frame or (finally!) widescreen. AND they told me, in answer to my direct question, that 'Moonstruck' was shot in a full-frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio; theatrical presentation was 1.85:1. (Huh?)
I found out that most 1.85:1 aspect ratio movies are actually shot in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, with the intention that the top and bottom of the frames will be trimmed (matted) for 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical presentation. The cinematograper and director frame the shots with this in mind. The result of this is that the movie can be transferred easily to video without doing a pan-and-scan treatment of the photography for full-framed TV presentation. In other words, you're not missing anything in the full-screen framing. This is much preferred by the director, but still not ideal.
In fact, you get MORE than the director and cinematographer intended you to see, so the framing of the shots is a bit tall, less subject-focused than intended for cinematic presentation. This is by far a better compromise than a pan-and-scan transfer: rather than losing portions of the picture and ruining the framing, you just get some extra film that the director considers superfluous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's Amore
John Patrick Shanley' stunningly beautiful adaptation of his play for the screen is one of my most favorite films. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Beth Woehrle
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the Moon Movie
This movie is a perennial favorite for many, especially if you grew up in an Italian American home. Cher is perfect as the long suffering, repressed , dutiful daughter. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joan M. Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic must have
Wonderfully acted, just a classic I had to own. (I had one and somehow lost it, so now I have it back).
Published 1 day ago by cinderella
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
If you have never seen this movie it is definitely worth your time. It is full of laughs and some great acting.
Published 3 days ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
Love this movie. Never gets old. That speech at the end where he tells her to "Get in my bed" is classic. Funny and touching.
Published 7 days ago by Peter J. Nagle
5.0 out of 5 stars an all time favorite
I have loved MOONSTRUCK since first seeing it in a theatre ..how many years ago? Anyhow, I bought it on video and now have it on DVD; Absolutely love it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by B. J. Jackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
The acting is great and this movie still holds up. Prety schmaltzy but a goos love story. The Cage fake hand is a bit much!
Published 10 days ago by M. D. Wider
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonstruck
Love this film because it celebrates being Italian. I got it for one penny and the s & h and I figured why. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Siobhan
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like
Although most people I know loved this movie I found it corny. Didn't enjoy it at all. Only good thing I can say for it is thatCher was beautiful..
Published 13 days ago by Pmartyn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time romance movies.
One of my all time romance movies. Loved the grandfathers "Someone tell a joke" line. Loved the music, the NY life style, and of course the story line.
KFB
Published 14 days ago by Cruisin Classics
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Blu ray Version of "Moonstruck" a Pan & Scan?
Does your copy say "pan & scan" on the case. Everyplace I see it advertised (Amazon, Best Buy, etc,), its listed as pan & scan. I'm hesitant to buy the blu ray and find out tha its not wide screen
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