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American Graffiti (Widescreen)

Richard Dreyfuss , Ron Howard , George Lucas    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 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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Format:Blu-ray
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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;
ST: GB;J;F;D;I;NL;DK;N;S;FIN;ISL
Chpt.: 50
Extras:
- 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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1.0 out of 5 stars American Graffiti DVD Jan. 29 2014
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found quality of color and clarity poor, I was not impressed, I hope future purchases will be better in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic Oct. 26 2013
By brenda
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie Oct. 15 2013
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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 enjoyed this movie,,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic May 3 2013
By Walgor
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One of my favorite movies of all time. Anyone who grew up in the fifties and sixties can identify with this picture. The North American obssession with cars that transcends their function as transportation and makes them into little shrines
to freedom and individuality is still alive today. The anecdotes of actors, director and producer adds insight into the way that this movie still reminds me of my youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! March 11 2013
By janccd TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Awesome sound on the music and the picture is fabulous on the blu-ray disc!!! An all-time favorite movie of ours too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best movies ever March 2 2013
By Chuck
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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. They all became household names, Suzanne Summers, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford and of course writer/director George Lucas. When we saw this movie at the theatre during its original release the entire audience was laughing before the opening credits had finished rolling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars american graffiti Aug. 26 2012
Format:DVD
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
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