REVIEW: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
OVERVIEW: The film that both captured and defined a generation celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new Director’s Cut of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD for the first time ever on May 2, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. With John Travolta’s electrifying Oscar®-nominated performance, the Bee Gees’ explosive soundtrack and, of course, the unforgettable dancing, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER captured the angst and brio of the time and had an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film about a Brooklyn kid with no prospects who lives for Saturday night continues to be revered and celebrated.
Director John Badham worked with Paramount in 2016 to restore the film in 4K using the original negative and update the surround sound mix to further enhance viewers’ enjoyment of the incredible soundtrack. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.
The SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Blu-ray includes both the Director’s Cut and theatrical version of the film, commentary by director John Badham, a five-part look at the film entitled “Catching the Fever,” behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’s unforgettable soundtrack was composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees and features mega-hits including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman” and “If I Can’t Have You.” The album has sold more than 40 million copies and was ranked number 132 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2012.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English
Spanish and French subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital (theatrical version
only), Spanish Mono Dolby Digital (theatrical version only),
Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital (theatrical version only) and
Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and
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Director’s Cut in high definition
Theatrical Version in high definition
Commentary by director John Badham (theatrical version only)
Catching the Fever
Back to Bay Ridge
Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese