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Ultimate Party Collection

The Ultimate Party Collection

Cast: Amy Heckerling, Richard Linklater, Jason London, Sean Penn


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
While the styles and slang terms made Fast Times at Ridgemont High a pop culture touchstone of the early 1980s, the film's restless adolescence remains dead-on: Anyone who has been a teen will likely see a part of themselves somewhere at Ridgemont High. Director Amy Heckerling's exuberant film -- based on a script from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), who had gone undercover in a Southern California high school to take the pulse of America's teens in the early '80s -- shot for "awesome," and scored several direct hits. Foremost among these are the hilarious moments when stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) is on the screen. Charming, too, in early career-making roles are Judge Reinhold and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the dorky fast-food worker Brad Hamilton and his sister Stacy, respectively. The poolside fantasy Heckerling creates for Brad, with Phoebe Cates as the overripe object of his teenage male hormonal rampage, is at once sizzling, smart, and silly. In this teen universe, life is about crappy jobs, uninspiring classes, borrowed cars (from their parents), and sexual anxiety. That Heckerling turns it into something giddy rather than depressing is a major feat.
Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
School's out for summer and the kids are looking to party in Dazed and Confused, the brilliant ensemble comedy/drama from writer/director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life). Set in Austin, Texas, on the last day of the school year in 1976, the film follows a large ensemble cast over a single 24-hour period as they celebrate the arrival of summer with car trunks full of Bud and a seemingly endless supply of pot. While everyone will ultimately converge on one big beer bash, the first half of the film centers on initiation rituals in which the senior girls and guys haze the incoming freshmen. It's a fascinating portrait of a tradition that combines institutionalized violence and tribal rites of passage. Yet here, as in the rest of the film, Linklater eschews the kind of detached satire practiced by contemporaries like Todd Solondz. Dazed and Confused may expose the vapidity of this mid-'70s suburban world, yet Linklater embraces his characters and milieu with the same big-hearted compassion that George Lucas displayed in American Graffiti. Indeed, Dazed and Confused can be seen as a virtual homage to the Lucas masterpiece, with the same loving attention to an era's clothes, hairstyles, and, of course, music. As in Graffiti, period pop songs provide the soundtrack for the characters' lives as they cruise around town, with 8-track tapes blasting the likes of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, War, Peter Frampton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The ensemble cast includes Wiley Wiggins (star of Linklater's Waking Life), Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and a host of others whose naturalistic acting evokes a remarkable feeling of authenticity. And the easy way in which Linklater weaves introspective and even metaphysical themes into a slice-of-life comedy is completely engaging. The result is both a brilliant, microcosmic portrait of an era and an offbeat mediation on the rituals of teen life.

Product Details

Release Date:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Fast Times at Ridgemont High:; New 5.1 surround sound audio; Commentary by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe; Hilarious documentary: Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Totally cool hangouts of Ridgemont High: a video map; Awesome '80's highlights featuring The Cars, Oingo Boingo, Jackson Browne and much more!; Dazed and Confused: ; Digitally remastered picture with all-new 5.1 surround sound; Nine never-before-seen deleted scenes; The Blunt Truth - side-splitting institutional filmstrip on the dangers of partying; Retro public service announcements

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason London Randy "Pink" Floyd
Sean Penn Jeff Spicoli
Jennifer Jason Leigh Stacy Hamilton
Wiley Wiggins Mitch Kramer
Judge Reinhold Brad Hamilton
Rory Cochrane Slater
Milla Jovovich Michelle
Robert Romanus Mike Damone
Brian Backer Mark Ratner
Joey Lauren Adams Simone
Marissa Ribisi Cynthia
Phoebe Cates Linda Barrett
Adam Goldberg Mike
Ray Walston Mr. Hand

Technical Credits
Amy Heckerling Director,Director - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Richard Linklater Director,Director, Producer, Screenwriter - Dazed and Confused
Cameron Crowe Screenwriter, original story - Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1. Main Titles
2. The Dudes
3. Ridgemont High
4. Going Out
5. Truancy
6. Attitude
7. Cruising
8. School Spirit
9. Rate Your Mate
10. Captain Hook
11. Big Brother
12. Revenge
13. Field Triip
14. Finals
15. Last Dance
16. Romance
17. A Hero
18. End Titles
Side #2 -- Dazed and Confused
1. School Daze (Main Titles) [10:54]
2. Football Coaches [6:32]
3. Hazing [10:02]
4. Busted [6:21]
5. Facing the Paddle [4:34]
6. Cruising [2:52]
7. The Emporium [6:03]
8. Rercreational Activities [5:17]
9. Working Man [1:59]
10. Irresponsible Behavior [2:54]
11. O'Bannion Paid Back [3:44]
12. Beer Bust [6:28]
13. A Fight Breaks Out [14:14]
14. Joint Sub-Committee Meeting [3:04]
15. The Festivites Are Over [5:52]
16. The Morning After (End Titles) [3:49]

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