- Actors: Various
- Directors: Various
- Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Paramount Catalog
- DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00AMSLDUG
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There's a nice chunk of special features for Fever and most are from the 30th Anniversary release from 2007. These include: 1] Commentary track by Director John Badham(from the 25th Anniversary release). Badham is very informative and manages to squeeze in lots of behind-the-scenes info 2] '70's Discopedia'. Sort of a pop-up video with various factoids and this plays for the whole movie. 3] 'Catching the Fever'(52:32). Nice featurette with appearances from many of the cast members.
4] Back to Bay Ridge(9:00). Hosted by Joseph Cali as he visits various old haunts such as the pizza shop and the hardware store in Bay Ridge. 5]'Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese'(9:50). A quick tutorial by dancing instructor John Cassese. 6]'Fever Challenge'(4:00). Follow the on-screen lighted squares. 7]Deleted Scenes(3:36). There are three scenes in total. And lastly there are subtitles in English/French/Portugese/Spanish.
GREASE [1978/110 mins]: A musical love story that takes place in the late 1950's and adapted from a broadway musical. This is the movie that helped elevate Olivia Newton-John to super-star status. The story features innocent Sandy Olsen(Olivia) falling in love with Danny Zuko(Travolta), the leader of the Greaser gang at Rydell High. The movie features some entertaining and memorable musical numbers with Travolta and Newton-John as well as with the rest of the crew.
There is a ton of special features for Grease. These include: 1]Commentary track with Director Randal Kleiser & Choreographer Patricia Birch. 2]Intro by Randal Kleiser(:24) 3]Rydell Sing-Along 4]'The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease'(22:27) 5]Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes(10:16). All the scenes are in b&w. 6]Grease on DVD Launch Party(15:13). From 2002. Features a stage performance from Travolta and Newton-John. 7]'Grease Memories from John & Olivia(3:25) 8]'The Moves Behind the Music(8:14) 9]'Thunder Roadsters'(5:23). A quick look at some classic cars. 10]'John Travolta and Allan Carr "Grease Day" Interview'(1:47) 11]'Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood "Grease Day" Interview'(2:07) 12]Photo Galleries: 'Rydell High Year Book', 'Production', 'Premiere', 'Grease Day'. 13]Theatrical Trailer(2:11).
All together this is a great package as it not only features the two movies but also a whole load of special features. Many of these newer Blu-rays that include two or more movies are bare-bone sets with just the movies minus any special features. For me I like having the special features as it increases the overall value of the Blu-ray with all the extra content(and they are fun to watch). Good, clear picture quality for both movies and the audio is nice and vibrant.
The film was based on a New York Magazine article from 1977 titled "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" written by Nik Cohn (who admitted fabricating the whole story after twenty years later) and was written by Norman Wexler and directed by John Badham ("War Games", "Short Circuit", "Blue Thunder").
Featuring classic disco music by the Bee Gees (the soundtrack is recognized as the top selling movie soundtrack of all time) and popular disco tracks of that time, the film helped popularize the disco movement.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" looks incredible on Blu-ray. The film is presented in 1080p High Definition and I compared the video quality of the original DVD and perhaps it was the upconverting but the DVD looks terrible compared to the Blu-ray.
In the famous opening sequence as the film pans around New York and then we see John Travolta as Tony Manero walking with swagger with a can of paint while looking at the women, on the DVD the picture quality was slightly dark but watching the Blu-ray, it's brighter, sharper, more colorful. I was comparing the picture quality and it was like night and day. "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER", for a film that is over 30-years-old, just looks incredible in high definition.
And the music, which is presented in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (also, featured in French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish Mono) is just crystal clear. I was very impressed with the audio quality as the disco music just comes out alive on your home theater setup. Dialogue is well-heard but when the music comes on (which is frequent), the music and hearing it on high definition was quite awesome. The film is primarily a dialogue and music driven film, so you will get more through the front channel and low frequencies on your subwoofer.
The film also comes with English subtitles inc. English SDH, Spanish and Portuguese.
In the 25th Anniversary of "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER", there was the commentary, VH1 special featurette and the deleted scenes. For the 30th Anniversary, we get all new special features to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. It's important to note that John Travolota is the main cast member who did not take part in the 30th Anniversary interviews. Included are:
* Commentary by John Badham - This is the same commentary used on the 25th Anniversary disc. John Badham commenting on the filming of "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" and the difficulties they faced due to the fans of John Travolta who were everywhere the camera crews were at. Very good insight on the whole film.
* Catching the Fever - This is where you can find a good bulk of featurettes such as:
- A 30-Year Legacy - (15:23) An interview with Director John Badham, Producers and cast of "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" sans John Travolta. The group talking about working on the film, how iconic the film became as it inspired disco, fashion and much more.
- Making Soundtrack History - (12:37) An interview with the Bee Gees and more in regards to how the film used the music as a form of promotional by having the soundtrack released first and eventually creating hype around the film. Also, interesting information of how the Bee Gees felt their careers were over because they were a 60's band and how the film gave them a new life.
- Platforms & Polyester - (10:35) Polyester was very big then and quite inexpensive. But those who wore polyester were in and also how the film made a certain brand of shoes quite a fad back in the late 70's.
- Deejays & Discos - (10:17) Interviews with DJ's and people of the time talking about how things were back during the day at disco clubs and how celebrities were often DJ'ing and more.
- Spotlight on Travolta - (3:35) Interviews with cast and big names from the 70's in regards to working with John Travolta. The theme was the same with each talent, Travolta was courteous, friendly and never put himself higher than anyone on the set. Everyone loved working with him.
* Back to Bay Ridge - (9:00) Actor Joseph Cali who plays the character of Joey visits the various locations from the film in New York and shows how things have or haven't changed since 1977.
* Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese - (9:48) John "The Dance Doctor" Cassese teaches the viewer how Tony and Stephanie dance their popular competition dance.
* Fever Challenge! - (4:00) Learning some of the complicated dance moves from "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"
* Deleted Scenes - (3:36) It's important to note that there were two films available for the public. A rated "R" version and a "PG" version which would attract a young audience (note: There was no PG-13 at the time). The deleted scenes were used in the PG version of the film and the more sexual and profane scenes were toned down. Included is a deleted scene which shows Tony's father getting his job back, Tony going to Stephanie's home to apologize and more.
It was great to have 30th Anniversary features for this Blu-ray but for those who own the 25th Anniversary DVD edition, you may not want to give away the DVD just yet. The original DVD contained a VH1 special feature that shows more of the emotional and somewhat darker side behind-the-scenes of the film in which Travolta's real life girlfriend was dying of breast cancer and how it took a toll on him during the filming of "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" and also other things discussed on that 30-minute featurette.
I would imagine that the featurette was not included on the Blu-ray because of rights or the fact that everyone on the VH1 special no longer look the same as they do on the 30th Anniversary featurettes and wanting to keep things consistent.
My parents were hardcore into disco when I was a child. I was taken to watch "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" at the theaters twice, my parents put the vinyl of the soundtrack and the Bee Gees playing quite often during those years and remember all these people coming over for disco parties.
Suffice to say that "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" was an iconic film of that time period. Sure, there are music videos and shows that I could think of that popularized disco but this film did more than that. It is now ingrained into pop culture for the music, the dancing, the polyester, the platform shoes and the hair.
I think there is a misconception among people that "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" is like "GREASE" (a film made in 1978, a year after SNF). This is not a musical, the film is about teenagers living in New York and one knowing he has potential to do something bigger. His family life sucks, his friends constantly get into trouble and don't share the same passion in dancing as he does and he's tired of living his life of being a dancer at a club and wants to get serious with his life.
The film shows major repercussions to the characters at the end and the things you see on this film, especially its racial tone probably would not be acceptable today. This film is about youth and a people wanting more in their lives (unfortunately, its sequel "Staying Alive" directed by Sylvester Stallone was not as great despite it being a financial success).
John Travolta does an absolutely great job as Tony Manero. It's one thing to learning the various choreography for the film but there are certain mannerisms that you can't help but laugh. In one scene, his father hits him in the back in the head after he mouths off to his mother. Tony makes a comment of how he has been working so long on his hair and his father hits it. Another scene, where Stephanie and Tony go out and eat and Tony with no manners talks with food in his mouth. But to find out that a lot of these scenes were improvised by Travolta was shocking.
As James Dean made "Rebel Without a Cause" a youth film for its time and both he and the film became iconic for that time, John Travolta and the cast knew that this was his vehicle to shine and Travolta succeeded.
And the other talents made this film feel real, such as his gang of friends to even Donna Pescow as Annette, having to gain weight and regain her New York accent for this role. Karen Lynn Gorney having to learn all the dance moves along with Travolta was convincingly real as a woman not wanting to be bad but wanting to be better.
John Badham did a great job in capturing the urban life and the youth during the late 1970's and although his name would be branded with "War Games", "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" was a film that many people would forever remember as one, if not his best directorial work ever.
And the music especially for those who did grow up around disco knows the impact of the soundtrack of the film. The soundtrack for "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" was the first music soundtrack to utilize a double album and also released before the film to create hype and eventually becoming the largest selling soundtrack ever is a great accomplishment.
And last, the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray is just fantastic. Again, comparing the DVD picture quality and the Blu-ray quality is like night and day. The Blu-ray blows away the 25th Anniversary out of the water. I'm just impressed with both picture and audio quality and how well the transfer is in High Definition.
Again, for those who own the 25th Anniversary, may want to keep it for the VH1 Special Feature which has a deeper behind-the-scenes of what happened on set during the filming but overall, the new featurettes created for the 30th Anniversary in combination with HD video and audio makes this 1977 classic a disc worth owning for film buffs and those who are nostalgic of that time period.
"SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" is highly recommended!
"GREASE" is the most successful movie musical ever created. The 1978 film was based on a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and eventually caught the attention in the early 70's of producer Allan Carr who purchase the rights to adapt the play into a film.
With the popularity of "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" in 1977 which help boost the career of John Travolta, producer Robert Stigwood joined Allan Carr to create a film based on this play. Tapping director Randal Kleiser who worked with Travolta in the popular 1976 TV film "The Boy and his Bubble", recruiting "GREASE" musical choreographer Patricia Birch and hiring Director of Photography Bill Butler ("Jaws", "Stripes" and "Rocky II & III", etc.), this team would create a film that would become a musical ingrained into American pop culture.
Despite no respect in supporting the film by the major film studios, "GREASE" would become the second highest grossing film in 1978 behind "Superman" bringing in $96 million in the box office, the "GREASE" soundtrack would achieve #1 status around the world during its release and the film received many award nominations.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"GREASE" is featured in 1080p High Definition and I will tell you I was blown away by the picture quality.
I've watched this film dozens of times, owned the VHS and both DVD versions and when I started watching the High Definition Blu-ray transfer, I was speechless. The many colors featured in the film were quite vibrant. This film is over 30-years-old and Paramount really did a great service in the transfer and remaster of this film. Closeups, outdoor scenes, you name it, the film looks spectacular!
I compared my 25th Anniversary DVD to this Blu-ray and just the opening sequence alone with the two at the beach, the colors are just absolutely stunning on Blu-ray. I was literally in awe of how beautiful this film looked in High Definition. The DVD video quality just doesn't compare to the Blu-ray disc and I was quite impressed!
As for audio, audio is presented in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and also in French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish mono. Since music is a big part of the film, it was important for me to test this Blu-ray out on my system. Where the 1977 film "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" was just spectacular for its High Definition audio transfer, I was hoping to have an awesome lossless soundtrack for "GREASE".
Somehow, in the beginning of the film, it seemed as if the audio coming from the center channel was a bit lower than my front speakers. So, dialogue seemed as if it was being overpowered by the music. I've run a variety of tests and I did have to increase my center channel dB a little bit to compensate for the music coming louder but this may be due to my audio setup for my receiver. But everything sounded well throughout the film after the adjustment.
The dialogue was quite clear but the music really came alive and I did notice certain sounds utilizing my subwoofer during the car and music scenes. But overall, the music does sound great and clear via Dolby TrueHD 5.1.
"GREASE" comes with a good number of special features. Included on this Blu-ray disc are:
* Commentary: Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch - This commentary is quite interesting as Kleiser talked more about the film side of "GREASE" while Patricia Birch talked about the choreography part of the film. Both give really good insight of bringing the musical to film, talking about the things they had to accomplish and how Kleiser, Birch and DoP Butler really had to work closely with each other and the talent to make this film successful. You learn about the challenge of filming the National Bandstand segment, the finale during 102 degree weather and how Olivia Newton-John had to have her tight clothing sewn on and more.
* Introduction by Randal Kleiser - A brief :24 second introduction to the special features. Kleiser does several introductions throughout various features.
* Rydell Sing-Along - This segment is for those who want to watch the musical parts from the film and on the bottom of the screen is a karaoke single along.
* Featurette: The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease - (22:27) This is the main featurette featuring interviews with the Director, producers, the cast sharing their memories of working on the film, working with John Travolta and more. How Allan Carr and Robert Sigwood made this musical a film and put money into it despite no studio wanting to back it, having to work with a good number of talents, John Travolta talking about why he wanted Olivia Newton-John to play the role, how Jeff Conaway actually played Danny in Broadway and was understudy for several other roles with the exception of Kinickie. And many more interesting tidbits on the making of the film.
* Additional Scenes: Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with introduction by Randal Kleiser (intro :13 scenes 11:55 - TRT 12:08) - Randal Kleiser explains how footage was recently found in the Paramount vaults. The additional scenes found are in black and white.
* Additional Scenes: 1. T-Birds Harass Eugene - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 2. Classroom Announcements - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 3. Pink Ladies and Sandy at Lunch - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 4. She's too Pure to be Pink - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 5. Intro to Summer Nights - DEL
* Additional Scenes: 6. Rydell Pep Rally - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 7. Kenickie and Danny Outside Frosty's - DEL
* Additional Scenes: 8. The Stroll - EXT
* Additional Scenes: 9. National Bandstand - ALT
* Additional Scenes: 10. At the Dance - ALT/EXT
* Additional Scenes: 11. Thunder Road - DEL
* Grease on DVD Launch Party - (15:13) The cast and crew reunited for this DVD Launch Party back in 2002. Both Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta performed live on stage singing a few of their classic songs that sung with each other.
* Grease Memories from John & Olivia - (3:23) Both talent at the DVD launch party and discussing how it was like working together and their memories of being on the film and their favorite scenes.
* The Moves Behind the Music - (8:14) Interviews with Patricia Birch and the talent as they discuss how they learned the dance moves and how it important it was for Patricia to work with Director of Photography Bill Butler in capturing the choreography for film.
* Thunder Roadsters - (5:21) Interviews with George Barris (King of the Kistomers) and Michael Astamendi (Car Builder/Fabricator) and others in regards to making the cars for "GREASE". How they focused on customizing because parts for the old Chevy's are hard to come by.
* John Travolta and Allan Carr "Grease Day" Interview - (1:47) A quick interview with producer Allan Carr and John Travolta on "Grease Day" and Travolta talking about working with the producers and the talent for the film.
* Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood "Grease Day" Interview - (2:07) An interview about how Olivia Newton-John gotten involved and the popularity of the film and working with John Travolta and more.
* Photo Galleries: The photo gallery consists of the following still photos broken down into several categories such as:
* Rydell High Year Book
* Grease Day
* Theatrical Trailer HD - (2:09) The original theatrical trailer in its original untouched and aged format, grain and scratches included.
"GREASE" is just one of those timeless classics that never gets old with repetitive viewings. But I have to be truthful and say how much I was in awe to see the brilliant camerawork but to see how the choreography and just literally everything look quite smooth on film.
And surprisingly watching this again 30-years-later and as the Director and even producers have said in the featurette, they were able to pull things off today that probably wouldn't happen now. Quite a bit of sexual lingo but overall, the lyrics of the songs to the mannerisms of the characters is what made things look genuine.
It's interesting to read some of the critical reviews from people who did not grow up with the film but are more familiar with today's musicals and drawing comparisons to "High School Musical" and making the comment of how HSM utilized real teenagers for high school life and that "GREASE" utilized 20 to 30-something year olds to play teenagers. I don't think any of us who watched it back then ever thought about the age being an issue for the film. What we saw were popular talent at that time in a movie musical and the film became a success. Even today, I have no reservations of the talents playing their roles. They did a fantastic job!
For me, John Travolta was the hottest star coming off with "Welcome Back, Kotter" and then doing "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" in 1977 and Olivia Newton-John was just one of the most beautiful female solo singers at the time. Both had unique chemistry and the film was well-cast that I felt everything just went smoothly on the final cut.
You really have to give a big applause to Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood for taking the chance of bringing a musical to film but making sure its adapted well for the screen. Sure we see musicals now but during that time, there was no studio support. And because the film was enjoyed by audiences, the film is definitely ingrained into America's pop culture.
Also, I was just amazed through the featurettes and learning how the choreography was done. Because there were so many people utilized in the dancing segments, Patricia Birchwood wanted to make things come alive but to alter a talent's own personal dance to make it look right on film. And of course, Bill Butler, to capture what Birchwood wanted on film, the amount of cutting from scene to scene showing opposing points of view on a song like "Summer Nights" to the ending theme, it was indeed "electrifying"!
Overall, this Blu-ray release of "GREASE" is just the definitive version to own. To watch this classic film in High Definition and to see the magnificent picture quality really brings out the vibrant colors of the film, the energy and beauty of the beach sunset to showcasing the life of youth of the late 50's. The DolbyTrueHD 5.1 audio makes the music come alive and last, there are many special features included that will help people remember and celebrate such a wonderful movie musical.
Again, this is the true definitive version of "GREASE" to own! I was just stunned by how magnificent this film looked and how much clearer and alive the music sounded in High Definition. I highly recommend this release!