Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

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Director: John Badham

Cast: John Badham, John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Barry Miller

     
 

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Paramount's long-awaited DVD of Saturday Night Fever has proven itself worth the wait because of the high level of excellence it offers in both technical quality and supplements. The video transfer is truly stunning and benefits from a topnotch remastering job that captures all the vibrancy of Ralf Bode's hazy, glossy cinematography.See more details below

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Paramount's long-awaited DVD of Saturday Night Fever has proven itself worth the wait because of the high level of excellence it offers in both technical quality and supplements. The video transfer is truly stunning and benefits from a topnotch remastering job that captures all the vibrancy of Ralf Bode's hazy, glossy cinematography. The audio is similarly impressive, boasting a new surround stereo mix that gives the dialogue and sound effects the kind of sonic presence one expects from a modern soundtrack and also adds new life to the film's percolating disco score. More importantly, this disc bolsters its technical excellence with a nice set of extras that offer plenty of internal and external perspective on the Saturday Night Fever phenomenon. First up is an informative, low-key commentary track from director John Badham that offers plenty of detail about the challenges of shooting the film on location and with a tight budget. Throughout this commentary, Badham shows a wry, self-deprecating sense of humor that makes it a charming and thoroughly engaging listen. There is also a condensed version of a VH1's Behind the Music episode about the film that utilizes several new interviews and some intriguing period footage to explore Saturday Night Fever's production and the phenomenal success it enjoyed. The package is rounded out by a trio of outtakes from the film; none of the scenes are revelatory but they are all worth a look for fans. Strangely, this DVD lacks a photo gallery or trailer, but its easy to overlook these flaws given the quality of its commentary track and documentary. All in all, Paramount's disc of Saturday Night Fever is both a stellar-quality edition of the film and an informative primer on the phenomenon it inspired.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
The film that launched a young John Travolta into mega-stardom has become such an emblem of the 1970s disco era that it's sometimes easy to forget why the movie became a hit in the first place. In fact, if you can get beyond the polyester suits and high-pitched keening of the Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever holds up remarkably well as a gritty urban tale of lower-class striving. This is due in large part to Travolta's great, affecting performance as Tony Manero, a young Italian American from the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn who feels stifled by both his blue-collar roots and his dead-end job. He seeks his release by dancing at the neighborhood disco, and the local fame he achieves fuels his dreams of getting out of Brooklyn and making something of himself. This is still director John Badham's finest work, as he captures the camaraderie between Tony and his thuggish friends and the texture of their Brooklyn hangouts with an authenticity reminiscent of such '70s classics as Mean Streets. And even if you think disco sucks, there is no denying the excitement and energy the famous soundtrack lends to the film, particularly the pulsating dance scenes. Fever isn't a real musical, yet not since the heyday of such "backstage" song-and-dance extravaganzas as 42nd Street has a movie conveyed so powerfully the romance and promise of Manhattan. For Tony, the City shimmers like a distant and magical Oz. In that sense, Saturday Night Fever is true in spirit to the best American musicals.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
From the moment John Travolta strutted down a Brooklyn street to "Stayin' Alive" at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever (1977), music movies and pop culture were irrevocably changed. Unlike subsequent music blockbusters like Grease (1978) and Footloose (1984), Fever's depiction of one youth's escape at the local disco and tentative dreams for a better life in Manhattan astutely balanced galvanizing dance numbers with a gritty sense of contemporary economic malaise. Dance numbers, the Bee Gees soundtrack, and Travolta's white-suited presence, however, were the marketing hooks. With the release of Bee Gees singles timed to sell the movie and the movie becoming an ad for the soundtrack, Fever set the standard for marketing synergy several years before MTV, as the soundtrack became one of the best-selling albums of all-time and the film grossed over 100 million dollars. The once-underground disco movement turned into a late-'70s mainstream pop phenomenon; and TV idol Travolta, bolstered by an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, became a movie superstar and cultural emblem of the 1970s. While Travolta's career, like disco, suffered in the 1980s, his status was restored in the 1990s -- aided, no doubt, by '90s nostalgia for the '70s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
UPC:
0097360111347
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Commentary by director John Badham; Three deleted scenes; Highlights from VH1's Behind the Music

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Tony Manero
Karen Gorney Stephanie
Barry Miller Bobby C.
Joseph Cali Joey
Paul Pape Double J.
Bruce Ornstein Gus
Donna Pescow Annette
Val Bisoglio Frank, Sr.
Julie Bovasso Flo
Nina Hansen Grandmother
Lisa Peluso Linda
Sam Coppola Fusco
Denny Dillon Doreen
Bert Michaels Pete
Donald Gantry Jay Langhart
William Andrews Detective
Stanley de Santis Actor
Monte Rock Deejay
Martin Shakar Frank, Jr.
Robert Costanzo Paint Store Customer
Robert Weil Becker
Shelly Batt Girl in Disco
Fran Drescher Connie
Murray Moston Haberdashery Salesman
Ann Travolta Pizza Girl
Helen Travolta Woman in Paint Store
Ellen March Bartender

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Charles Bailey Production Designer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Costumes/Costume Designer
James Gambina Consultant/advisor
Bee Gees Score Composer
Robin Gibb Score Composer
Barry Gibb Score Composer
Maurice Gibb Score Composer
Robert W. Glass Sound/Sound Designer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Max Herriquez Makeup
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin McCormick Executive Producer
Jennifer Nichols Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rawlins Editor
John Reitz Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Robin Score Composer
David Shire Score Composer
Jo-Jo Smith Consultant/advisor
Robert Stigwood Producer
Norman Wexler Screenwriter
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
Lester Wilson Choreography

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Tony's Walk
2. Watch the Hair
3. The Faces
4. 2001 Odyssey
5. Another Married Sister
6. Al Pacino
7. Rehearsal Studio
8. Black Sheep
9. Stephanie
10. Change Partners
11. Don't Call Me Father
12. King Of The Floor
13. Can You Dig It?
14. Moving Out
15. Across The River
16. Barracuda Club
17. Dance Contest
18. The Back Seat
19. The Bridge
20. All Night Train
21. Like Friends

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