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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!


Studio Paramount
SKU 208186358
UPC 032429037824
UPC 14 00032429037824
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2008
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
High School Friends
High School Students
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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,"Never underestimate the power of catchy tunes, Travolta's hips, and a sweet-yet-smutty script." -- Grade: B 09/22/2006 p.79
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
Randal Kleiser
Olivia Newton-John
John Travolta
Stockard Channing
Cast & Crew
Eve Arden - Star
Eddie Deezen - Star
Jamie Donnelly - Star
Olivia Newton-John - Star
Darrell Zwerling - Star
Kelly Ward - Star
Joan Blondell - Star
Annette Charles - Star
Dinah Manoff - Star
Didi Conn - Star
Ellen Travolta - Star
Frankie Avalon - Star
John Travolta - Star
Dick Patterson - Star
Barry Pearl - Star
Lorenzo Lamas - Star
Fannie Flagg - Star
Sha Na Na - Star
Michael Tucci - Star
Susan Buckner - Star
Alice Ghostley - Star
Jeff Conaway - Star
Sid Caesar - Star
Dody Goodman - Star
Dennis C. Stewart - Star
Stockard Channing - Star
Edd Byrnes - Star
Allan Carr - Producer
Jim Jacobs - Source Writer
Albert Wolsky - Costume Designer
John Farrar - Composer
Patricia Birch - Choreographer
Warren Casey - Source Writer
Bill Butler - Director of Photography
Robert Stigwood - Producer
John F. Burnett - Editor
Philip M. Jeffries - Production Designer
Allan Carr - Adaptation
Bill Oakes - Composer
Louis St. Louis - Composer
Barry Gibb - Composer
Randal Kleiser - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 903782
UPC 00032429037824
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110.483333333333 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1
People's Choice (1979) Grease, Winner, Favorite Musical Motion Picture,Grease, Winner, Favorite Overall Motion Picture
Golden Globe (1979) Grease, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,John Farrar ("You're the One that I Want"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,John Travolta, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy,Olivia Newton-John, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
Oscar (1979) John Farrar ("Hopelessly Devoted to You"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review 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.
Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 7
Caroline Westbrook, Empire ...some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.
Christian Science Monitor Energetic, fun, lively.
Premiere ...a gum-snapping slice of cinema that's impossible to watch without smiling...
TV Guide You just can't hate anything this energetic and happy.
Vincent Canby, The New York Times ...a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own.

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