Saturday Night Fever 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Directed By: John Badham Starring: John Travolta

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From John Travolta's electrifying Oscar-nominated performance to the Bee Gees' top 10 soundtrack to the unforgettable dancing, Saturday Night Fever is a movie sensation that captured the world's attention like never before. Now catch the fever all over again with this 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition that goes behind-the-scenes with special features on the history, culture and fashion of disco, the smash-hit soundtrack, and exclusive look at Hollywood legend John Travolta, and so much more. Now more than ever before, Saturday Night Fever is the one film that'll make you feel like dancing.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204882562
UPC 097361208046
UPC 14 00097361208046
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Dance
Essential Cinema
Nightlife
Personal Triumph
Racy
Recommended
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director John Badham's hit film propelled John Travolta to stardom, made white polyester suits an instant fashion craze, and garnered praise for its portrayal of blue-collar life. Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero (Travolta) lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a paint store. However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to the big city just over the bridge soon change Tony's life forever. This portrait of young Brooklyn natives struggling to escape their sheltered lives for freedom and adventure in the big city of Manhattan defined a generation of disco dancers and 1970s youths rebelling against the more traditional expectations of their parents. Set to the popular dance music of the Bee Gees, this instant cinematic sensation revealed the fashions and aspirations of an underground culture to the world.
Plot Summary
Summary The film that made John Travolta a household name is set in Brooklyn to the popular dance music of the Bee Gees. Tony Manero (Travolta) is a paint-store clerk who becomes the king of the discotheque when he puts on his polyester and gets down, with a little help from a social-climbing Manhattan secretary (Karen Lynn Gorney). This definitive portrait of a generation of disco dancers in the 1970s skyrocketed its young star to fame and further propelled the disco inferno infatutation.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Would ya watch the hair! Ya know, I spend a long time on my hair and he hit it--he hit my hair."--Tony Manero (John Travolta) to his family
Quote "Maybe if you ain't so good, I ain't so bad."--Tony Manero to Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney)
Reviews
New York Times "...Travolta is deft and vibrant and he never condescends to the character....The music moves with a real spring it is step, and the movie does too." 12/16/1977 p.C10
USA Today "...Among the definitive time-capsule pics of any era....It looks and sounds snappy..." 10/11/2002 p.7E
Entertainment Weekly "...Travolta melds brute machismo and hidden yearning; it's little surprise FEVER made him a superstar and earned him an Oscar nomination..." 10/18/2002 p.95
Premiere "[G]iven a subtle sweetness and vulnerability by Travolta's layered performance." 04/01/2004 p.58
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] still plays like an impossibly bleak slice of kitchen-sink realism..." 11/01/2007 p.152
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Travolta] pure, chest-out charisma. The camera loves him -- and he loves it right back." 11/01/2007 p.202
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mesmerizing portrait from Travolta ensures it stays evergreen." 12/01/2007 p.95
Directors
John Badham
Actors
John Travolta
Cast & Crew
Barry Gibb, et. al. - Original Music By
Barry Miller - Actor
Charles Bailey - Production Designer
David Rawlins - Editor
John Badham - Director
John Travolta - Actor
Joseph Cali - Actor
Karen Lynn Gorney - Actor
Kevin McCormick - Executive Producer
Nik Cohn - Based On Magazine Article By
Norman Wexler - Screenplay
Ralf D. Bode - Cinematographer
Robert Stigwood - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 12080
UPC 00097361208046
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (1978) British Academy Awards, Barry Gibb, et. al., Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,British Academy Awards, Michael Colgan, Best Sound,Golden Globe, Saturday Night Fever, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, John Travolta, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Barry Gibb, et. al., Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Barry Gibb, et. al., Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Oscar, John Travolta, Best Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy Awards (1979) Barry Gibb, et. al., Nominee, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,Michael Colgan, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound
Golden Globe (1978) Barry Gibb, et. al., Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Barry Gibb, et. al. ("How Deep Is Your Love?"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,John Travolta, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy,Saturday Night Fever, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
Oscar (1978) John Travolta, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Time and the selectiveness of memory has recorded Saturday Night Fever as a fun romp about disco and little more. Check out the reviews online -- they talk about how great the Bee Gees music is, John Travolta's dance moves, his hairdo, and his Brooklyn swagger...When Tony's dancing, Saturday Night Fever is a true dance classic that puts its contemporaries to shame. But when the melodrama thickens -- notably during the last 40 or so minutes of the film -- SNF approaches unwatchability, as what ought to be a precious little film starts to take itself way too seriously...While Fran Drescher has a tiny role, you won't recognize any of the names of Tony's co-stars -- namely because they just weren't that great as actors. Travolta, of course, is fantastic (maybe for the only time in his career). His ad-libbing about his hair alone is enough to merit remembering SNF as a classic.
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Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Saturday Night Fever" is an especially hard-edged case and a very good movie. It's about a bunch of Brooklyn kids who aren't exactly delinquents but are fearsomely tough and cynical and raise a lot of hell on Saturday nights...The Brooklyn we see in "Saturday Night Fever" reminds us a lot of New York's Little Italy as Martin Scorsese saw it in "Who's That Knocking at My Door?" and "Mean Streets." The characters are similar: They have few aims or ambitions and little hope of breaking out to the larger world of success -- a world symbolized for them by Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge reaching out powerfully toward it...But "Saturday Night Fever" isn't as serious as the Scorsese films. It does, after all, have almost wall-to-wall music in it...And there are the funny scenes (like the one where Travolta shouts at his father: "You hit my hair!") to balance the tragic and self-destructive ones...There's also a hint of "Rocky," whose poster Travolta's character has on his bedroom wall. Travolta meets a Brooklyn girl (Karen Gorney) who's made it in Manhattan, sort of, as a secretary. She comes back to Brooklyn to dance, and they team up to enter a $500 disco contest. They win it, too, but not before winning has become meaningless to Travolta. Their relationship is interesting because Travolta sees Miss Gorney not so much as a girl (although he thinks she's beautiful) but as an example of how he might escape Brooklyn...The movie's musical and dancing sequences are dazzling. Travolta and Miss Gorney are great together, and Travolta does one solo (in an unbroken shot) that the audiences cheered for. The movie was directed by John Badham ("The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars"), and his camera occupies the dance floor so well that we really do understand the lure of the disco world, for all of the emptiness and cruelty the characters find there.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Apollo Movie Guide
Review Lost amidst all the hoopla and now-legendary disco stuff is the fact that John Badham's Saturday Night Fever is actually an effectively gritty and somewhat touching New Yawk drama. Sure, it's no Mean Streets, but there's clearly a lot more here than just a lot of colourful dance floors, swivelling hips and Bee-Gees...John Travolta is (of course) Tony Manero, fitful Italian upstart and reigning king of the Brooklyn disco scene. Tony's talents on the dance floor are superseded solely by his dreams of escape. Living in his family's house (and always under the shadow of his adored priest of a big brother) and seemingly well aware of the fleeting nature of local fame, Tony (despite his urbane manner and 'deese dose' speech patterns) simply wants to evolve into 'something'...For the time being, that something will have to be disco dancing, and make no mistake: Tony (and his real-life counterpart Travolta) knows how to dance. Lording over the late-night discos like an unassuming monarch, Tony takes great pride in his boogieing prowess...Other than the famously influential dancing material (and the omnipresent soundtrack songs), there's not a whole lot that's stunningly unique about Saturday Night Fever. The 'angry young man' material's been covered numerous times before, but in earlier cases, the protagonist often ends up in jail, on drugs, or laden with bullet holes. The message here may be a little simple, but it's delivered with a strong performance by Travolta, a screenplay that only occasionally wanders into outright melodrama, and the hip-swinging-est, bell-bottom-est dance moves ever captured just prior to disco's welcome demise...Some movies don't stand the test of time because they simply become outdated. Saturday Night Fever is the very epitome of 'outdated', but oddly enough that's what makes it such a (mini) classic.
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Reviewer Scott Weinberg
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Box Office Magazine ...the disco film of the decade...
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader A small, solid film, made with craft...
Entertainment Weekly Travolta molds what could have been an equally obvious character into a substantial, tragic figure.
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune One minute into Saturday Night Fever you know this picture is onto something, that it knows what it's talking about.
Nick Hilditch, BBC Film Review A powerful sense of place pervades.
Clint Morris, MovieHole One of the best films of all time.
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com ...captures the disco subculture of the 1970s like no other...[and] features a star-making performance from John Travolta who dominates every frame.
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