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The Legend Of Billie Jean (1985)

Helen Slater , Keith Gordon , Matthew Robbins  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Peter Coyote, Dean Stockwell, Martha Gehman
  • Directors: Matthew Robbins
  • Producers: Rob Cohen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment/Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OK0YVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Legend Of Billie Jean" on IMDb

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THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN is set in rural Texas, and is about teenagers Billie Jean (Helen Slater) and her brother Binx (Christian Slater) who are on an outing at the local swimming hole, when Binx's prize motor scooter is stolen by a gang of thugs. When she tries to get the scooter repaired, she is nearly raped and Binx accidentally shoots the owner of the store. The frightened teenagers then take it on the lam.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billie Jean DVD FAQ: What you probably want to know. January 20, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ill try to keep this brief, if your reading this then it is safe to say your probably not the casual movie watcher. I read through the reviews and failed to see any that answered all my questions, so here we go.

1. Physical appearance - I was expecting a burnt store bought DVD-R with the lack of description on this thing. No, it is a nice cover, and a factory labeled disc. Pretty much on par with the obscure movies that end up in thew Walmart 5 dollar spot. Think of "Howard the Duck", no insert, but a nice case, cover, and the DVD is properly labeled, and unless you know the difference between a DVD and a DVD-R, you probably wouldn't even know it's a DVD-R.

2. Actual Disc - Their is no real menu. Just a generic representation of one. It gives you the option of watching with commentary, or without.

3. Actual film - Ok, so it isn't crystal clear HD amazing quality. But it is BY FAR the best i have ever seen. this is even better than the version that played on HDTV a while back. This movie had sadly ONE VHS release, and it hasn't aged well, if you own a copy you know what i am referring to. All VHS is not created equal, and BJ was an early VHS tape. I am flat blown away by how good it looks. The masters to this movie were lost years ago, which is why it never got an official release, the only reason. I would hypothesize that this was a way for Sony to make money, while answering probably a few thousand requests. The Movie quality compared to a properly Digitally remastered film is about 8 out of 10 (Proper remaster being 10).

4. Good Buy? Are you kidding me?! It's done, if you have wanted a decent copy of this and have been waiting for years your done. Buy it, done deal. I've had bootlegs, VHS, all the above. I am an avid movie fan. I was absolutely relieved to find this. I wanted to get my wife a good copy of this and had just about given up. By one while they have them, because i don't think this one will stay in print too long.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Maya
Format:VHS Tape
I saw The Legend of Billie Jean for the first time when I was 16 and, 200 viewings later, it is hands down my favorite movie of all time. Sure the plot may seem a bit formula -- fugitive teens on the quest for justice -- but it's the earnestness and outright sincerity of the characters, particularly Helen Slater as Billie Jean, that gets you. Here are four podunk Texas trailer kids with hearts of gold that get f***ed with by a bunch of podunk rich kids and end up having to fight for dignity and respect. It doesn't get any better than this. Watch it, love it. The Pat Benatar soundtrack rocks.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the DVD????????? November 29, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie and have periodically checked back to see if it's been released on DVD yet. I have an old VHS copy and would love to see the studio release this in DVD format. It's on my all-time favorite list. PLEASE, PLEASE RELEASE THE DVD - FAIR IS FAIR!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Print From Sony Screen Classics December 4, 2011
By Kasey G
Format:DVD
Sony Screen Classics delivers the goods with this underrated '80s favorite of mine. "The Legend of Billie Jean" finally makes its way to DVD and although its a Made-to-Order DVR the print looks flawless (NOTE: See the screen grabs I posted in the Images section of this product) and this is the first MOD disc I own that contains bonus features (however, there are NO Subtitles). There's a commentary by Helen Slater and Yeardley Smith, and while it's not exactly captivating stuff, it is fun to hear them waxing nostalgic about the experience of filming this.

Other '80s films such as "Pretty in Pink", "The Breakfast Club" or "Ferris Bueller" have been overexposed and rerun to death on cable, and TLOBJ has been hiding away for years and never really achieved the cult status it deserved, so if you've forgotten this film, I recommend it as a fun time capsule. The script is well-paced, the characters are well-defined and the performances are excellent all-around.

A great story about justice and retribution in small-town Texas, though some of the plot points are a little far-fetched. Plus it's got a great theme song from Pat Benatar that also deserves to be better-remembered than it is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fair is Fair" January 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I just love this movie! I saw this movie when I was younger, like 6, but watching it as a young 19 year old I love the movie. I was so feeling how Helen Slater took a simple sweet girl and turned her into one of the greatest teen rebels of all-time. To think it was just over a motor scooter was one, but to get the respect is something way bigger. If you watch this movie now as a teen you would feel what Billie Jean and her gang was going through in this movie. The movie soundtrack was great as well!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying -- Fair Is Fair!!!!!!!! June 14, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
A creepy guy vandalizes her kid brother's dirt bike, so Billie Jean (Helen Slater, who was never better) tries to get repair money from creepy guy's dad, who tries to tries to assault her and is accidentally shot. Billie Jean, her brother, and friends go on the lam. While they're trying to turn themselves in to an understanding cop (Peter Coyote, very good), they turn into outlaw folk heroes to all the kids in South Texas.
Not cliched, even with the "Joan of Arc" subtext. Holds up pretty well even after close to 20 years. Watch especially as Putter (Yeardley Smith, better know as the voice of Lisa Simpson) steals every scene she's in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Fair February 20, 2011
By D. Hunt
Format:DVD-R
Okay I am writing this review not so much for the movie "The Legend of Billie Jean" most of us already know its an 80's classic. I am writing about all the negitive feedback and reviews about fake copies and bootlegs and all the complaints about homemade dvd-r's. Thats not really the truth, sellers are not sitting at home making vhs transfers and selling them on Amazon. There are "Legal Licensed Company's" online that have permission to make DVD-R's transfers from VHS Movies that were never made or officially released on region 1 U.S and Canada. These company's do disclose that all the movies they sell were never released officially in the USA and that they are DVD-R's. They also disclose all their legal rights and necessary information ect. They are done as professional as possible but of course a copie from a vhs is still going to be like vhs quality and not dvd store bought movie quality. Most come with dvd cover art and dvd case and most of these dvd-r's come with menu's including chapters and trailers. (Most Are Region 0) play worldwide. And they do come sealed.

I do not work or indorse any of these companys and I am not going to reveal the name of any of these companys, I can confirm they do exist. I am just a huge movie fan and collector with 30 years of experience buying/selling and collecting. These company's are not the only ones that release titles like this Amazon them selves manufacture and sell DVD-R's for example look up "Trojan Wars" or "Feds" movies and you will see.

I know most people will not except or want anything to do with there DVD-R's but if you want some of these movies that have never been officially released in the U.S. or Canada this is the closet thing your gonna get. Some of these movies may never be released on dvd officailly... so you decide if they are worth it or not.

Hope this clears up alot of confusion and informs the mis-informed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A classic 80's movie!
Published 4 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife's movie, but she loves it!
Published 5 days ago by Alfred Arment
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite 80's movies!
I'm a fan of both Helen Slater and Christian Slater. The plot could have used a bit of help, however it still stands on it's own as a decent movie. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Shannon Martell
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it just for Helen Slater
Saw this movie years ago (early '80s) in a theatre and was amazed at just how beautiful Helen Slater was. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Janste
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I just LOVE this movie and it's rebel youth theme! A modern times Joan of Arc with a Texas twang...LOL and I am old enough to have seen it when it first came out... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Alfiegirl63
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair is Fair!
There is no summer until this happens. The Legend of Billy Jean IS summer. $8.99 is a gift. Do it now and thank yourself later.
Published 23 days ago by Yvelstlaurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Mars Experience
As a great movie fan, It was a great movie experience at this time. Thank you at this time and place
Published 26 days ago by Dulcia Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 80s movie! !!
Best 80s movie ever!!! Classic. Brings back a lot of memories. To bad the mall in Corpus Christi where they filmed it is not being used. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GILBERT GONZALES
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough!
I know a lot of people knock this movie, but honestly I still love it even now as an adult. It has it's corny moments, funny ones, and heartfelt ones. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Provinzano
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
I grew up watching this movie with my cousins. It is a classic! Right is right! It is a must see :)
Published 1 month ago by Stephanylyn
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