Fast Times at Ridgemont High [Blu-ray]
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One of the missing scenes is a very cool safe sex/birth control scene in the mall, for instance. Fast Times sticks out as one of the very rare films that this odd censorship has been performed on. In fact, out of thousands of releases since DVDs started in 1995, this is almost the only one this has ever happened to!
So again we can only ask why? WHY?
The case for the movie is easy to make: It is written by Cameron Crowe, who wrote Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. It is beautifully filmed and directed. (Director is Amy Heckerling, who apart from being awefully cute has made such wonderful movies as Clueless.) It is funny and real. And it has a magnificent cast of young actors who where unknowns then.
The surfer/stoner is famously played by Sean Penn in one of his first roles, and he is awesome. Jennifer Jason Leigh is perfect as the young innocent fifteen-year-old. (Amazingly she was about 20 when she played it, but you'd never know it.)
And Phoebe Cates... As Amy Heckerling says in a featurette: The boys just loves Phoebe... the rental cassettes always track a lot around the place where she takes off her top, they've been freeze-framed so much..." Which is as good a reason as any to get the DVD version, they slow-mo and freeze-frame a lot better... But seriously, Phoebe is a wonderful actress who has been woefully underused by Hollywood. And she is also just stunningly cute to boot. Even if this film had nothing else going for it, get it for her. (She is also excellent in the later film Princess Caraboo, and she is buck nude in the light "Paradise", which I hope they will put on DVD soon.)
The other negative is that this Blu-Ray version is of the Java-based type and it is configured in a way that not only causes slower loading times (as expected) than non-Java Blu-Ray discs but it makes the player stream the latest previews on-line every time the disc is loaded. So the waiting time can be excruciating. Thankfully, you can skip the streaming previews.
The Blu-Ray is definitely much better than the DVD in terms of picture and sound quality. Picture detail is much crisper, contrast is much stronger, blacks and shadow details are much deeper and darker, and colors are more vivid and less muted than the DVD version. The sound is remixed in surround for the first time. But the movie runs slightly faster than on the DVD version (no big deal).
If you can get the Blu-Ray for under $12, then go for it.
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A classic! Totally tubular. Rad times and quality entertainment fer sure dude.Published 1 month ago by Deborah
Loved this movie when it came out. There is so much footage not used in the movie wish they would make an extended edition.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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