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Jennifer Beals stars in the 1983 hit dance drama Flashdance. Presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen transfer with an anamorphic enhancement, the image on this disc looks good, if not great. The colors and black levels are all consistent and solid with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement in the image. Otherwise, this is a passable looking transfer that should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. While it's nice to have this soundtrack ...
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Jennifer Beals stars in the 1983 hit dance drama Flashdance. Presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen transfer with an anamorphic enhancement, the image on this disc looks good, if not great. The colors and black levels are all consistent and solid with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement in the image. Otherwise, this is a passable looking transfer that should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. While it's nice to have this soundtrack remastered in 5.1 (the pop songs are a wonder to hear through all of the speakers), overall there is often a jagged feeling in the effects with some being too loud and others appearing too soft. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround track in English, a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track in French, and Spanish and English subtitles. A lack of extra features won't get fans dancing in the streets -- Flashdance is a completely bare bones DVD.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
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The sleeper hit Flashdance had surprising crossover appeal for a movie that featured strippers and X-rated footsie under the dinner table. In part because of its soundtrack, which became a pop sensation on the strength of Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" and Michael Sembello's "Maniac," the R-rated Flashdance was seen by an untold number of viewers under 17. The glimpses of nudity may have been partly to blame, but more than that, the transformation of Alex Owens from blue-collar welder to legitimate ballet hopeful was the stuff of dreams for teenage girls. Factor in the subplot about a friend trying to make it in ice skating, and this film seems tailor made to be teen wish fulfillment, except for all the time it spends in the nudie bars. Flashdance turned Jennifer Beals into an overnight sensation, her tough cookie with sex appeal image quickly assuming iconic status. Its nearly 95-million-dollar domestic take, steadily buoyed by word-of-mouth during a months-long theatrical engagement, was almost unheard of for an R-rated movie, ranking it the third highest grosser of 1983. The project also became the first hit in the notorious careers of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The kind of film that's so aggressively formulaic that it bowls over any objections, Flashdance has become fodder for numerous parodies and spawned countless imitators. For whatever reason, it struck a chord, and indeed produced quite a feeling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • UPC: 097360145441
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Beals Alex Owens
Michael Nouri Nick Hurley
Lilia Skala Hanna Long
Sunny Johnson Jeanie Szabo
Kyle Heffner Richie
Belinda Bauer Katie Hurley
Lee Ving Johnny C.
Ron Karabatsos Jake Mawby
Malcom Danare Cecil
Philip Bruns Frank Szabo
Micole Mercurio Rosemary Szabo
Bettina Birnbaum Stripper
Don Brockett Pete
Deirdre L. Cowden Stripper #2
Tony de Santis Waiter
Lucy Lee Flippin Secretary
Wayne Frost
Debra Gordon Dancer at Repertory
Colin Hamilton Maitre D'
Marine Jahan Dancer for Jennifer Beals
Matt Landers Mawby's Regular
Marc Lemberger Mr. Freeze
Durga McBroom Heels
Jim McCardle Ice Rink Official
Larry John Meyers Welder #1
Frank Pesce Mawby's Regular
Stacey Pickren Margo
Steve Price Mawby's Regular
Cynthia Rhodes Tina Tech
Liz Sagal Sunny
Norman Scott Normski
Ernie Tate Ice-Rink Official
Robert Wuhl Mawby's Regular
Silvester Levay Conductor
Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Tom Hedley Original Story, Screenwriter
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Tom Jacobson Associate Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Silvester Levay Musical Arrangement
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Matkosky Songwriter
Giorgio Moroder Score Composer
Walt Mulconery Editor
Lynda Obst Associate Producer
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Phil Ramone Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Michael Sembello Score Composer
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Don Simpson Producer
Bud Smith Editor
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles
2. Making a Living
3. You Must Audition
4. Working Out
5. Break Dancing
6. I'm Just the Cook
7. Manhunt
8. Ice Dancing
9. See the Music
10. I Can't See the Audience
11. Imagination
12. Who's the Blonde?
13. How's the Lobster?
14. I Need a Favor
15. Dancing at the Zanzibar
16. Hanna's Death
17. The Audition
18. Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: French
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Spanish
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    what a feeling!

    wow Flashdance one of the best movies of the 80's the movie is a drama but its a real good movie of how a girl can dance and acheive her dreams in life

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it... any dance-movie fan must see it

    I'm from Pittsburgh so this one hit home plus it has lots of fabulous improv-dance. Fun story line... poor girl gets her dream and a good guy to boot!

    Great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    My Review of a great favorite of mine!!!

    Hi! My name is Russell!!I have developed the taste for great movies and look very hard for excellent movies!!I like the ability to dream and the ability to achieve to the best of your ability!It takes all you've got!!! Thanks and God Bless You!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2000

    ''SOMETHING HAPPENS WHEN SHE HEARS THE MUSIC... IT CLICKS INSIDE OF HER AND SHE'S DANCING TO THE MUSIC. SHE WON'T STOP UNTIL IT ENDS...''

    FLASHDANCE is one of my personal favorite movies. The music is outstanding and the choreography is excellent (even though Jennifer Beals was not responsable for any dancing in it - Marine Jahan was.) An excellent film that was like the film TITANIC of the 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    GREAT MUSIC MOVIE

    This is a really well done film in both the storyline and the way it is presented.Although Jennifer Beals did not do the dance portions of the film (Marine Jahan's uncredited dancing was very good),she puts in a great acting performance and helps to make the film as good as it is.The struggle to get to a goal that you wish to reach is very well put out in this film and is aided by strong hits like ''Maniac'' and the title track ''Flashdance--What A Feeling''.This was a great film when it came out and still holds up years later.GREAT FOR ANY MUSIC AND FILM COLLECTIONS

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