20th Anniversary Edition
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The summer of 1963 innocent 17-year-old Baby (Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskill's resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.
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The "feelies" in the Collector's Edition are nice; I like the map/brochure of the resort, and the mock shooting script was a fascinating read. I loved seeing the "emotive"/motivational tips in the story, and now I finally know how old Johnny was supposed to be in relation to Baby! The script includes most of the deleted scenes, and some other information that didn't make it verbatem into the final cut. The "I carried a watermelon" wristlet seems fairly sturdy, but with some fraying on the cut/unfinished edges inside. As cute as it is, I probably won't use it, instead keeping it with the rest of the box. The same for the Kellerman's keychain and the compact. The "vintage" postcards are nice, and all the printed feelies are very high quality.
As for the movie itself, I've only watched the Blue Ray disc, not the DVD or the digital copy. The print is MUCH cleaner than the 10-year anniversary DVD I have, which looked like it was transferred from an old VHS. There's still a slight grainy quality to the picture, but the colors have been sharpened (some of the clothing and graphics which looked pink on my DVD are now a much more vibrant red) and the audio is crisp and clear.
I have some issues with the closed captions; there are some passages that I know are wrong, some lines that are shortened or condensed (which leave out some of the context of the original lines), and I don't like that they don't at least acknowledge the music cues, as the soundtrack is almost a character in itself. Even a simple "(Big Girls Don't Cry playing in background)" would enhance the captions. I did just use the English subtitle track; maybe the other one is better.
I love all the extended/deleted/alternate scenes included, and the "Happy Birthday, Dirty Dancing" featurette is wonderful, covering the original movie, the stage show, and the upcoming television movie. We saw a truncated version of this feature when we went to the Fathom Events screening, and there's a bit in there that just made me sob happy tears.
Overall, this is an amazing anniversary collection. The restoration of the film is beautiful, the shooting script adds so much more nuance to the story, and the feelies add just a beautiful look into the past.
Stellar performances and great story make this movie great and if it doesn't move you, you don't have a heart. The movie takes place in the 1960s, before JFK was shot and the world still seemed old-fashioned.
It's said that Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze didn't like each other, but that gives their performances a nice spark and works whether the story is true or not. Also great are performances by Kelly Bishop (Gilmore Girls) and Jerry Orbach (Law & Order) as Baby's parents, Jerry Orbach, especially brings it as a doctor who needs to practice what he preaches, not just provide platitudes when push comes to shove.
Dancing, music, and the dance practice scene in the woods are all great. Don's miss this if you haven't seen it.
The film has an excellent cast and they just made this film entertaining and fun to watch. There were many of the best stars of film and TV that were in this film.
Dirty dancing is one of the films that we grew up with and it is a great love story as well as a classic film filled with a great music sound track and dance scenes. One of my favorites.