Rockin' Rydell Edition
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It's a wildly popular, widely appealing, energetically upbeat musical about high school romance.
When Grease was first released on DVD in 2002, Paramount threw a massive release party, reuniting the original cast and crew for a night of reminiscing and sing-alongs. It's that footage that makes up the majority of the Rockin' Rydell Edition's special features, and oh what special features they are. Watching Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta duet on "You're The One That I Want"--complete with dance moves and a live band--and bringing in the other T-Birds and Pink Ladies for "Summer Nights" is simply magic, even if most of them struggled to remember the words. The new edition, wrapped in a black leather T-Bird jacket, also includes a Rydell sing-along (go directly to your favorite numbers and karaoke your heart out) and features on everything from the cars of Grease to the choreography (Poor Jeff Conaway: There's multiple references to the fact that he played Danny on Broadway, but got relegated to the role of Kenickie instead, only to see Kenickie's "Greased Lightning" number get handed to Travolta's Danny for the film.). There's also interviews with Newton-John and Travolta on the evening of the movie's premiere in 1978, before she would bust out with "Physical" (and uh, Xanadu) and he would one day be a mega-movie star with his own plane.
The audio commentary, with director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch, is mostly a snoozefest other than two little gems: That actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and director Andy Tennant (Hitch) make appearances as a jock and dancer, respectively; and that the original hand jive had a "much raunchier title," according to Birch. The Rockin' Rydell edition is well worth the investment, at least until Travolta hobbles around in a leather jacket for the 50th anniversary reunion. -- Ellen A. Kim
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The special features for this edition are decent and the picture looks fairly good for DVD. One day, I will compare with Blu-ray. Until then, I will enjoy Olivia, John and the rest of the gang in this musical smash from 1978, GREASE!
Special Features Included for this Edition ~
Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Surround
French Dolby Surround
English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles
Original Theatrical Trailer
Retrospective Interviews from several of the cast in the movie
The overall picture is very good: colors are sharp, not overly saturated, good detail. No complaints -- the video transfer is pleasing.
The AUDIO, on the other hand, is awful. The soundtrack musical numbers are clear and actually improved upon in 5.1 surround. But the dialog track is astonishingly muddy. There is a noticeable difference between the audio quality of the dialog and that of the musical numbers. I thought it was just my imagination until, after viewing, my wife made a comment about how hard it was to hear the dialog. This was a major disappointment, and for that reason, I would not recommend the Blu-ray edition.
Haven't watched all of the extras yet, but they are as expected, fun but nothing you probably didn't already know if you are a fan of the film.
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