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Saturday Night Fever is one of those movies that comes along and seems to change the cultural temperature in a flash. After the movie's release in 1977, disco ruled the dance floors, and a blow-dried member of a TV-sitcom ensemble became the hottest star in the U.S. For all that, the story is conventional: a 19-year-old Italian American from Brooklyn, Tony Manero (John Travolta), works in a humble paint store and lives with his family. After dark, he becomes the polyester-clad stallion of the local nightclub; Tony's brother, a priest, observes that when Tony hits the dance floor, the crowd parts like the Red Sea before Moses. Director John Badham captures the electric connection between music and dance, and also the desperation that lies beneath Tony's ambitions to break out of his limited world. The soundtrack, which spawned a massively successful album, is dominated by the disco classics of the Bee Gees, including "Staying Alive" (Travolta's theme during the strutting opening) and "Night Fever." The Oscar®-nominated Travolta, plucked from the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, for his first starring role, is incandescent and unbelievably confident, and his dancing is terrific. Oh, and the white suit rules!
This movie features the Bee Gees music, and one of my very favorite actors John Travolta. I think he is great in this movie that depicts the old days when times were on the safe side to go out to disco's. I give it 5 stars because it is truly a foot tapping, sad in some ways, one of a kind great movie. Look where JT is now in his career, he has never made a bad movie in my eyes. He even looks great without all that black hair in his new movies.
This movie is centered around the disco era. It is wonderful. The soundtrack was one the top selling of all time for so many years. So, needless to say, it has wonderful music. John Travolta cuts his acting teeth in this role. He hits the big screen in a big way. This movie, though centered around dancing, is about so much more. It is about a group of young friends who are coming into their own. Not all are so successful. This movie is full of heart and soul. Great friendships, relationships, family matters, and life direction issues are explored.
As the title suggests, some of this edition is good, some is bad. Or I should say very good, and very bad.
The good: Great image, great extras.
The bad: Only the new 5.1 mix available. Why is that bad, you ask? They destroyed the opening credits by completely overpowering "Stayin' Alive" with the very overbearingly loud Travolta's walking! If they want to change the mix, in this case, for the worst, at least provide also the original mix. I am not against 5.1 remixes as long as the spirit of the original is preserved. The walking now heard is as if you are playing a vinil with a horrible scratch!
The other bad: as usual, Travolta is missing from all the extras.
The packaging is awful, except it is nice to have the DVD picture as the ball.
So overall, Average. Too bad. I would love to know who was the "creative genius" that decided to cranck the steps. Does he hate the song or The Bee Gees?
Any movie that has John Travolta in it is gonna be good. I love this movie simply because it is when Travolta was just getting famous. He is such an incredible dancer and was in the shape of his life when he made this. This movie really captures the era of the 70's and disco. Travolta gives an incredibkle performance and you have to love the disco moves/music. Great movie to have in your collection.