American Graffiti (Blu-ray) PG

Where were you in '62?
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 31, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Picture in picture video commentary with director George Lucas
    • The music of American Graffiti - Instantly indentify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even them from iTunes
    • BD-Live
    • Pocket BLU app
    • The making of American Graffiti - An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
    • Screen Tests - Never before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh96%

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 64,492
Rating: 5/5 -- Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch. Full Review
Radio Times
Jul 7, 2014
...This hugely influential docu-drama launched the careers of director George Lucas and its cast...
Total Film
Mar 1, 2001
...[A] classic of cruising....An all-time word-of-mouth hit...
USA Today
Sep 18, 1998
... the music-filled picture still holds up nearly a half-century later. Full Review
Solzy at the Movies
Aug 24, 2018
A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 27, 2007
Rating: 5/5 -- [A] hugely influential docu-drama. Full Review
Total Film
Jul 7, 2014
[I]t felt new and fresh...
Premiere
Dec 1, 2003

Product Description:

Set in 1962; Produced and released in 1973.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI presents a powerful collage of youth on the brink of maturity just before the assassination of J.F.K.. Based on George Lucas's own teenage hot-rodding days in Modesto, California, this brilliant, bittersweet comedy inspired numerous other productions, including the long-running TV series HAPPY DAYS. Lucas's second feature film (following THX 1138), AMERICAN GRAFFITI contains an early screen appearance by Harrison Ford, who would figure heavily in the director's next movie, the sci-fi epic STAR WARS. The film follows one night in the lives of several recently graduated high school students. The genial Steve (Ron Howard) prepares to leave for college the next day, and Laurie (Cindy Williams), his girlfriend, is upset by his impending departure. Laurie's brother, Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), the class intellectual, is also slated for college, but he has serious doubts about his future. Also included here are the hopeless nerd (Charles Martin Smith) and the eternally cool drag racer, John (Paul LeMat), who feels pressure to live up to his reputation. A nostalgic feeling is evoked in seeing the teenagers cruising in their hot rods, eating at Mel's Diner, and listening to Wolfman Jack spin the latest hits, with the camera jumping from character to character as they each enjoy--or fret over--their last moments of summer freedom.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: August 12, 1973.
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI was selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
  • The film was the second feature by George Lucas, the same director who would later go on to make the phenomenally successful STAR WARS trilogy. It was produced by Lucas's friend, Francis Ford Coppola, also an aspiring filmmaker at the time. Although the cast is studded with actors who are considered stars today, at the time they were all relatively unknown.
  • The license plate number on John Milner's car is THX-138, closely resembling the title of Lucas' 1970 film, THX 1138.
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI was one of the first films that firmly established the importance of a new breed of American (mostly film school educated) directors sometimes known as the "Movie Brats." Also included in this school were Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jim McBride.
  • Ron Howard, who acted with Kathleen Quinlan in AMERICAN GRAFFITI, directed her in APOLLO 13 more than twenty years later.

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  • UPC: 025192073700
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