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Valley Girl
     

Valley Girl

Director: Martha Coolidge, Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily

Cast: Martha Coolidge, Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily

 

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Martha Coolidge's teen film Valley Girl gets the deluxe treatment from MGM/UA on this release. The film is presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a

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Martha Coolidge's teen film Valley Girl gets the deluxe treatment from MGM/UA on this release. The film is presented in a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Coolidge. She communicates the joy of making the film, her affection for the cast, and the hard work that went into making a film with so small a budget. There is also a "pop-up" track full of '80s trivia. Coolidge and star Nicolas Cage interview each other in one featurette, while a standard looking-back-on-the-film featurette contains interviews with most of the cast. Music videos from Modern English and the Plimsouls are included. The original theatrical trailer, and storyboard-to-screen comparisons round out this excellent package from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
With an eye on '80s youth culture and a tongue planted, like, firmly in cheek, Valley Girl transforms Romeo and Juliet's star-crossed lovers into Los Angeles high school students -- minus all the abject misery. Julie (Deborah Foreman) is a nice girl from the San Fernando Valley who likes shopping and Val boys, until she meets a rough-hewn punk from Hollywood named Randy (Nicolas Cage, dropping his Coppola surname for the first time). But disapproving friends and exes on both sides could be the end of the romance, in spite of Julie's feelings for Randy and the important lesson he's taught her: to just be herself. Aside from some witty references, the connections to Shakespeare end there, distinguishing the movie from later, more straightforward Bard transmutations like 10 Things I Hate About You and O. Instead, Valley Girl is more in line with predecessors Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Rock 'n' Roll High School, balancing healthy levels of angst and humorous, punky chaos that borders on the absurd. Watched in retrospect, the movie is totally '80s, a campy genre ride filled with clothes and slang that are best forgotten, as well as appearances by "Where Are They Now?" bands like Josie Cotton and the Plimsouls.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A textbook example of an early-'80s teenage romantic comedy, Valley Girl is watchable as a time capsule to 1983 and as perhaps the best representation of the pop culture phenomenon of valley girls. However appealing this particular California attitude is for kitsch value, the language of most of the characters could tend toward annoyance. Fortunately, the titular lead character Julie (Deborah Foreman) is struggling, however superficially, with her valley identity. Unlike her unbearably snobby friends, Julie has an open mind and a good-natured smile, which leads her into the arms of the Hollywood mainstream "punk" Randy (Nicolas Cage). The two share plenty of onscreen chemistry to make the romance work, including a courtship montage that lasts the entire duration of "I Melt With You" by Modern English. Indeed, the music is an integral element, with Men at Work, Psychedelic Furs, and Bananarama appearing on the two volumes of soundtracks that were released almost ten years after the movie's theatrical release. Josie Cotton and the Plimsouls also make appearances on-stage during some key scenes. Not as richly characterized as Pretty in Pink or other John Hughes genre films, Valley Girl doesn't strive far beyond the high school romance conventions, complete with a finale at the prom. Especially humorous are Julie's campy '60s parents, played by Frederic Forrest and Colleen Camp. For teen flick aficionados and early-'80s new wave and bubblegum pop lovers, Valley Girl is a classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
UPC:
0027616888488
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Two featurettes including new interviews with cast and crew; "In Conversation: Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge" featurette; Audio commentary with director Martha Coolidge; Original music videos from Modern English & the Plimsouls; Video commentary track; Storyboard-to-film comparisons; '80s trivia track; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Randy
Deborah Foreman Julie
Elizabeth Daily Loryn
Michael Bowen Tommy
Cameron Dye Fred
Colleen Camp Sarah Richman
Heidi Holicker Stacey
Michelle Meyrink Suzie
Tina Theberge Samantha
Lee Purcell Beth Brent
Frederic Forrest Steve Richman
Richard Sanders Driving Education Teacher
David Ensor Skip
Joanne Baron Prom Teacher
Tony Plana Low Rider
Tony Markes Brad
Chris Murphy Ralphie
Andrew Winner Customer at Counter
Laura Jacoby Peggy
Karl Johnson Club Bouncer
Joyce Hyser Joyce
Michael Wyle Arthur
Wayne Crawford Lyle

Technical Credits
Martha Coolidge Director
Carl Aldana Set Decoration/Design
David Brownlow Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Coleman Executive Producer
Wayne Crawford Producer,Screenwriter
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Eva Gardos Editor
Michael Hacker Asst. Director
Nancy Israel Asst. Director
Marya Delia Javier Production Designer
Andrew Lane Producer,Screenwriter
Marc Levinthal Score Composer
Michael Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Scott Wilk Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title
2. Awesome, Bitchin' Guys
3. Like, Way Broken Up
4. Hunkelicious Beach Candy
5. Parents and Party
6. He Likes Me...Not
7. Skip Freaks Them Out!
8. Gag Me With the Non-Vals
9. Hopelessly Bedazzled
10. Back for a Score
11. Let's, Like, Leave
12. An Adventure fer Sure
13. Slum Away From Home
14. French Kissin' in the Car
15. Parenting by Aquarius
16. Trippindicular Confessions
17. Beth's Tip for Skip
18. Embarrassed to the Max
19. A Rad New Love
20. Tubular Diet Tips
21. Grody Hollyweird Dudes
22. Mother or Daughter?
23. Like, Father Knows Best
24. Peer Pressure Cooker
25. "It's Your Friends!"
26. The Consolation Prize
27. Sick About the Val
28. Lover in Disguise
29. Perfect Pink Prom Date
30. Party Crasher With a Plan
31. A Royal Riot
32. End Credits
Side #2 -- P&S
1. Main Title
2. Awesome, Bitchin' Guys
3. Like, Way Broken Up
4. Hunkelicious Beach Candy
5. Parents and Party
6. He Likes Me...Not
7. Skip Freaks Them Out!
8. Gag Me With the Non-Vals
9. Hopelessly Bedazzled
10. Back for a Score
11. Let's, Like, Leave
12. An Adventure fer Sure
13. Slum Away From Home
14. French Kissin' in the Car
15. Parenting by Aquarius
16. Trippindicular Confessions
17. Beth's Tip for Skip
18. Embarrassed to the Max
19. A Rad New Love
20. Tubular Diet Tips
21. Grody Hollyweird Dudes
22. Mother or Daughter?
23. Like, Father Knows Best
24. Peer Pressure Cooker
25. "It's Your Friends!"
26. The Consolation Prize
27. Sick About the Val
28. Lover in Disguise
29. Perfect Pink Prom Date
30. Party Crasher With a Plan
31. A Royal Riot
32. End Credits

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