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Format: DVD
Sku: 208186358
UPC: 032429037824
UPC 14: 00032429037824
Sales Rank: 6457
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Grease is the One You That You Want!
Go back to high school with Pink Lady Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), leader of the bad-boy T-birds, Danny (John Travolta), and a rockin' and rollin' all-star cast. Available for the first as a remastered Special Edition and featuring all-new bonus materials, Grease: Rockin' Rydell Edition is the word!

"...some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.  Caroline Westbrook, Empire
"Energetic, fun, lively.  Christian Science Monitor
"...a gum-snapping slice of cinema that's impossible to watch without smiling...  Premiere
"You just can't hate anything this energetic and happy.  TV Guide
"...a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own.  Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Editor's Note
This film adaptation of GREASE is the zippy smash hit translation from the Broadway musical tribute to the fabulous 1950s. As a new school year begins, wholesome Australian exchange student Sandy (pop star Olivia Newton-John) and duck-tailed, leather-jacketed Danny (John Travolta) parlay their summertime romance into an on-and-off attraction that may or may not cross clique lines. Sandy seriously cramps Danny's style, so he dumps her. In response, Sandy begins dating a wholesome athlete, but, as a hedge, she also joins the gum-chewin', tough-talkin' clique known as the Pink Ladies. One of the most beloved musicals of all time, the popular soundtrack includes "You're the One that I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Sandy," "Summer Nights," and the title tune.

Features

Video Features DVD

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/23/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 110.483333333333 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1978
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 903782
Video UPC UPC: 00032429037824
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eve Arden
Video Cast Info Eddie Deezen
Video Cast Info Jamie Donnelly
Video Cast Info Olivia Newton-John
Video Cast Info Darrell Zwerling
Video Cast Info Kelly Ward
Video Cast Info Joan Blondell
Video Cast Info Annette Charles
Video Cast Info Dinah Manoff
Video Cast Info Didi Conn
Video Cast Info Ellen Travolta
Video Cast Info Frankie Avalon
Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Dick Patterson
Video Cast Info Barry Pearl
Video Cast Info Lorenzo Lamas
Video Cast Info Fannie Flagg
Video Cast Info Sha Na Na
Video Cast Info Michael Tucci
Video Cast Info Susan Buckner
Video Cast Info Alice Ghostley
Video Cast Info Jeff Conaway
Video Cast Info Sid Caesar
Video Cast Info Dody Goodman
Video Cast Info Dennis C. Stewart
Video Cast Info Stockard Channing
Video Cast Info Edd Byrnes
Video Cast Info Allan Carr - Producer
Video Cast Info Jim Jacobs - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Albert Wolsky - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info John Farrar - Composer
Video Cast Info Patricia Birch - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Warren Casey - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Bill Butler - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Robert Stigwood - Producer
Video Cast Info John F. Burnett - Editor
Video Cast Info Philip M. Jeffries - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Allan Carr - Adaptation
Video Cast Info Bill Oakes - Composer
Video Cast Info Louis St. Louis - Composer
Video Cast Info Barry Gibb - Composer
Video Cast Info Randal Kleiser - Director

Awards


People's Choice (1979)
Video Award Name Grease, Winner, Favorite Musical Motion Picture
Video Award Name Grease, Winner, Favorite Overall Motion Picture

Golden Globe (1979)
   Video Award Name Grease, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

Oscar (1979)
   Video Award Name John Farrar ("Hopelessly Devoted to You"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globe (1979)
   Video Award Name John Farrar ("You're the One that I Want"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name John Travolta, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy
   Video Award Name Olivia Newton-John, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy

Professional Reviews

Variety
"...Zesty choreography and very excellent new plus revived music....Newton-John registers very impressively..." 06/07/1978

New York Times
"...A life that is all its own....Loaded with the kind of talent and exuberance you don't often find very far from a musical stage..." 06/16/1978 p.C10

Premiere
"...It's a gum-snapping slice of cinema that's impossible to watch without smiling..." 04/01/1998 p.29

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Pleasant and upbeat....Travolta is an important and enduring movie star..." 03/27/1998 p.34

Entertainment Weekly
"...The enduring appeal of the teenybopping musical spawned a knock-off sequel, a Broadway revival, and countless high school productions..." 10/11/2002 p.61

Total Film
"An era-blending, hip-twitching piece of pop culture, GREASE is still the word 25 years since its release..." 02/02/2004 p.120

Entertainment Weekly
"Never underestimate the power of catchy tunes, Travolta's hips, and a sweet-yet-smutty script." -- Grade: B 09/22/2006 p.79

ReelViews 8 of 10
Grease is a perfect way to become immersed in the recent past. Not only was it one of the top box office draws in 1978, but it capped off a decade of '50s frenzy (that began, ironically, with the off-Broadway opening of the play Grease in 1972). The stars were '70s icons, with John Travolta having come off his phenomenally successful outing in Saturday Night Fever and Olivia Newton-John having made her American acting debut after repeated stays atop world-wide pop charts. The songs are '50s style hits that have shown their enduring popularity. The soundtrack for Grease sold well in 1978 and is still going strong two decades later...Grease boasts what all successful motion picture musicals have: likable stars, a simple but not trivial plot, and a lot of enjoyable music. Familiarity with the soundtrack is undoubtedly one of the reasons for the film's popularity -- several of the songs have achieved pop hit status. Who can't recognize "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One that I Want," "Greased Lightning," and "Summer Nights"? These may not represent great music, but they're a lot of fun to listen to, as their abiding appeal proves...Grease works as a musical, a comedy, a light romance, and a gentle satire of teenage life during the '50s. In part because of its persistent high spirits, it's a delight to watch, even 20 years after it first appeared on the screen. There's no doubt that Grease has a devoted legion of fans, so it will be interesting to see how well the movie performs at the box office. After all, it is readily available on video tape, and, unlike last year's big re-release, there are no restored outtakes and enhanced special effects. The only things Grease has to rely upon are its reputation and its music. For me, at least, that's enough for a trip to the theater. - James Berardinelli

The Onion A.V. Club 7 of 10
Why did people in the '70s love the '50s so much? Was it part of the wave of hippie-provoked nostalgia that unaccountably revived the Gay '90s and the Dustbowl '30s?...Grease arrived both toward the beginning and toward the end of the '50s revival. The stage musical opened on Broadway in 1972, and in spite of middling reviews, it connected with audiences who responded to the catchy songs, tongue-in-cheek sexual frankness, and love-and-loss-in-high-school plot. The 1978 movie version follows more or less the same model, but adds songs with more of a late-'70s pop-disco feel, and adds iconic performances by Olivia Newton-John (as the squeaky-clean girl who learns to be a little rough) and John Travolta (as the agile punk who learns not to care so much about his image). Director Randall Kleiser, in collaboration with Grease's original choreographer Patricia Birch, combines the best of "new Hollywood" and old, creating still frames that look like snapshots in a high-school yearbook, yet filled with crazy background action, like a cross between a Robert Altman comedy and a Mad magazine margin-doodle...Grease's gender politics are pretty screwy, and its understanding of the '50s amounts to a few cultural signifiers: hot cars, leather jackets, soda shops, and dance contests. But there's a reason the movie remains a slumber-party staple, and it isn't the muddled "don't worry about what other people think" message. It's more the film's dreamy look, and the way we learn more about Travolta and Newton-John through the lies they sing in "Summer Nights" than through any line of dialogue. Grease is a pure pop construct, fueled by movie-star poses, hit songs, and persistent audience fantasies of being an acceptable kind of "bad." Barry Gibb-penned disco theme aside, Grease doesn't really belong to any one era. It's like it's always existed. - Noel Murray

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