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American Graffiti (Widescreen) [Import]

Richard Dreyfuss , Ron Howard , George Lucas    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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Here's how critic Roger Ebert described the unique and lasting value of George Lucas's 1973 box-office hit, American Graffiti: "[It's] not only a great movie but a brilliant work of historical fiction; no sociological treatise could duplicate the movie's success in remembering exactly how it was to be alive at that cultural instant." The time to which Ebert and the film refers is the summer of 1962, and American Graffiti captures the look, feel, and sound of that era by chronicling one memorable night in the lives of several young Californians on the cusp of adulthood. (In essence, Lucas was making a semiautobiographical tribute to his own days as a hot-rod cruiser, and the film's phenomenal success paved the way for Star Wars.) The action is propelled by the music of Wolfman Jack's rock & roll radio show--a soundtrack of pop hits that would become as popular as the film itself. As Lucas develops several character subplots, American Graffiti becomes a flawless time capsule of meticulously re-created memory, as authentic as a documentary and vividly realized through innovative use of cinematography and sound. The once-in-a-lifetime ensemble cast members inhabit their roles so fully that they don't seem like actors at all, comprising a who's who of performers--some of whom went on to stellar careers--including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, and Paul Le Mat. A true American classic, the film ranks No. 77 on the American Film Institute's list of all-time greatest American movies. Befitting that reputation, the collector's edition DVD includes a full-length commentary by Lucas, a behind-the-scenes featurette about the film's production, a photo gallery, and extensive production notes. --Jeff Shannon

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Includes the documentary The Making of American Graffiti featuring interviews with director George Lucas, executive producer Francis Coppola, and other cast and crew members.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More real than reality it's self July 23 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
There are several overlaying plans and plots with many independent scenes from the era (1962). Is it wiser to go off to school or stay local? What are the consequences of your intent and then final action on friends and loved ones.

Yep everyone sees themselves in this movie. I have to admit I do also. That is see all the others as of courses I am above that sort of thing. This is one of the closest depictions of life with out me having to pull out the 8mm and filming. I spent some time in L.A. around the era and moved to Texas to find that distance changes something's but not that way of life. While in Vietnam I was even able to exchange the same urban legends with people from different part of the US.

I am more surprised that George Locus could capture this so well. I am also amazed at the crew they were able to assemble for this film. Most of them went off to do bigger and better parts and it is fun to watch this film in hind sight. Everyone look so young. I really never noticed Harrison Ford until Star Wars.

Getting away from memory lane, the film is so smooth that you forgot that you are watching a movie and the actors do not overwhelm the characters that they play.

Starting out you notice a song or two and think where was I. Then a few more songs and you soon are more rapped up in the music than the story. Having Wolfman Jack there added a touch of reality. I can not put my finger on it but there was something more than formula in this particular movie.

I am not that sensitive but the ending hits you hard as you realize it will never be the same. This is true of any group in any era. I can almost forget that.

By the way the original T-bird styling is back. All in all this is one film that will not collect dust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has it really been 30 years? Sept. 15 2003
I saw this film and Diner (1982) when each was first released and have since followed with interest the subsequent careers of their youthful lead actors, notably Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith and Cindy Williams in American Graffiti and Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser in Diner. Separated by nine years, the two films offer informative as well as entertaining perspectives on their respective youth cultures. George Lucas directed this film which focuses on Modesto (California) during the late-summer of 1962. The screenplay and cinematography are seamlessly integrated with 4l popular tunes which comprise the soundtrack. Most of the central characters can be viewed as "tweeners," in awkward transition from one phase of life to another. For example, Curt Henderson (Dreyfuss) will soon depart for college but seems ambivalent about that. The others' plans are even less certain. Meanwhile, together or separately, they spend their evenings cruising around town. (All of the scenes are at night.) I enjoyed the humor, some of it poignant, and could identify with many of the situations which closely resemble those of my own teenage years in Chicago. Keep an eye open for Harrison Ford in a brief appearance as Bob Falfa. Who knew then what awaited him next: a minor part in The Conversations (1974) and then starring roles in Lucas' Star Wars (1977) and Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Of course, I have no idea how appealing American Graffiti will be to those born since (let's say) 1985 but it is still great fun for many of us born before then and will perhaps be of greatest interest to cultural anthropologists who study the teenage culture in the U.S. in the 1960s. Read more ›
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-> BLU-RAY review

Film: 8/10
Picture quality: 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (orig.)
Run time 24fps: 1 52'29"
Audio: GB (dts HD MA);J;F;D;I;E;POR;
Chpt.: 50
- Making of, 78' (in SD, same as on DVD)
- Screen tests, 23' HD (16mm, 1972, DP Haskell Wexler)
- "U control":
-PIP video commentaries by George Lucas
-"The music of A.G." titles/performers-info on playing music
- Trailer
Studio: Universal

Despite some discouraging reviews here, I must say this BD is worth the upgrade from DVD! Image may not be perfect but it is fairly good. I have checked the BD against the DVD and it really is a BIG step up picturewise!
This BD release shouldn't be blamed for the very few limitations that the source material had. It's interesting to hear what George Lucas had to say in his video commentaries (= GLvc) on this.
I'm sure American Graffiti has never looked better in home theatres. Enjoy!

When it comes to picture quality one has to keep in mind that
- the film was shot in "Techniscope" (i.e. 2 perforation holes instead of 4, as in "Cinemascope" ) hence cutting stock costs in half - unfortunately same goes for picture resolution. Therefore a slightly lesser picture quality than in usual Cinemascope Blu-ray transfers is the result. (GLvc TC 00:14:40)
- shot mostly with 'available light' camera operators had difficulties to stay in focus (-> 'depth of field') e.g. TC 00:02:05; 00:03:24-31; 00:12:15 (GLvc 00:11:28, 00:39:48)
- fortunately they kept the DNR mallet in the box and the transfer shows some decent healthy grain in very good images e.g. 00:10:52; 00:12:33; 00:14:47.
- unfortunately some edge enhancement is visible here and there (e.g.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jack Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains Timeless and Relevant
It’s hard to remember a time when a teenager’s Friday night consisted of hanging at the local drive-in and terms like ‘going steady’ or ‘ boss’ were frequently used, especially for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blood
5.0 out of 5 stars you gotta watch this
just a great good ol fun movie
Published 1 month ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars American Graffiti DVD
found quality of color and clarity poor, I was not impressed, I hope future purchases will be better in the future
Published 7 months ago by Allan R. Minler
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
had to have this blast from the past in our collection as a reminder of how much we enjoyed it when we were teenagers! great cars! and a very young harrison ford!
Published 11 months ago by brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
watched the movie on tv previously,,, much enjoyed the persona of all the now famous actors, nice to relive the good old days of our youth,,,, I am sure most people would have... Read more
Published 11 months ago by donalda elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic
One of my favorite movies of all time. Anyone who grew up in the fifties and sixties can identify with this picture. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Walgor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Awesome sound on the music and the picture is fabulous on the blu-ray disc!!! An all-time favorite movie of ours too!
Published 18 months ago by janccd
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best movies ever
the only known star in this movie at the time of its release was Ron Howard who had pretty much vanished from the public eye after Andy Giffith. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars american graffiti
american graffiti is the best movie ever made I can watch it over and over and never get tired of seeing it. the movie takes you back to being 18 I love it
Published on Aug. 26 2012 by ford1947 coupe
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