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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane
  • Directors: Amy Heckerling, Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater, Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay, Art Linson, C.O. Erickson, Irving Azoff
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: Dec 23 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DG05S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,025 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Two classic movies - one hot price - the Ultimate Party Collection is here!

Dazed and Confused
Academy Award-winner Sean Penn leads an all-star cast (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Ray Walston) in this hilarious portrayal of a group of southern California high school students and their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Amy Heckerling's (Clueless) directorial debut brings to life first-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous) insider's view of teenage American life in the 1980's.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
This critically acclaimed cult favorite, written and directed by Richard Linklater (The School Of Rock), explores the last day of school - and one wild night - in the lives of high school students in 1976. Complete with bongs and bell bottoms, macramé and mood rings, and featuring classic rock music by Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and KISS, this superb ensemble cast of up-and-comers (Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Milla Jovovich) delivers an enduring film that Rolling Stone called “spectacularly funny!” 1976 was a time they’d never forget…if only they could remember…

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Miller on July 1 2004
Format: DVD
OK, "greatest teen comedy ever made" really isn't setting the bar all that high, but this really is a wonderful film. I almost docked it a star for being at least partially responsible for a lot of copycat garbage that followed, but that would be punishing it unfairly. It deserved the tons of money it made.
Many of the other reviews on this site have rehashed the plot(s) and the fact that it introduced an amazing array of acting talent to the world. What I think is most impressive however, is the honesty and poignancy this film delivers while being hysterically funny. The relationship between Brad and his sister is incredibly touching. The characters are real, three-dimensional people (yes even Spicoli; I knew someone almost exactly like him in school and I'll bet you did too). It is beautifully written, directed, and acted. It is also one of the most quote-worthy films this side of Tarantino ("All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine").
On a final note, I disagree with the Amazon reviewer's assessment that Cameron Crowe is an overrated director. "Say Anything" is probably the best teen movie made since this one, and "Almost Famous" is a stone cold masterpiece, IMHO.
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By Aaron on March 2 2004
Format: DVD
The Academy finally awarded Sean Penn for his incredible acting skills, in Mystic River... and to make up for overlooking his performance in Fast Times. The best part of this DVD is commentary on how Penn stayed in character throughout the process. Penn insisted others call him "Spicoli", and even put "Jeff Spicoli" on his answering machine. The director *never* saw "Sean Penn," only Spicoli. Intense and oddly brilliant, Spicoli became *the* icon of the guys in my high school. (How many times did you talk about ordering a pizza in class?). Almost every line Spicoli said, and many reaction lines, became catchphrases. (And unlike movies today, I'll bet no one on Fast Times *tried* for catchphrases). The soundtrack is awesome too, especially Oingo Boingo, the Go-Go's, and the Cars. (Fast Times has turned "Moving in Stereo" into a national Pavlovian bell, getting everyone in earshot salivating). Overall... the movie isn't as exciting on DVD as it was while buzzing at the midnight movies. Still, when sober the story holds up well, and the acting may be the best of that generation. The only early 80's movie in a class with Fast Times is Valley Girl... (and those guys are f%#@s!) Aloha!
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Format: DVD
I had only seen bits and pieces of FTARH over the years. Now that I am a DVD regular watcher, I have decided to try and locate some of these older films and watched them in entirety. Particularly since DVD allows for a clearer picture and most times widescreen format (what better way to watch it).
I was a teenager in 1982 so it's always nice to see a film capture that era. This movies does that, and features a soundtrack from that time. Overall, a nice snapshot.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed FTARH even if the DVD apparently does not include all scenes. As I said earlier, I had only seen bits and pieces of the movie over the years and hardly remembered them, so any missing scenes would not have made much difference to my viewing of the DVD.
Sean Penn is excellent as the stoned surfie dude. Phoebe Cates performance is also highly notable and she too has some hilarious moments. Jennifer Jason Leigh also delivers a great performance. As many are aware, FTARH launched many careers and contains a huge list of actors who went on to become big stars today. These include: Nicholas Cage (although only minor role for Nicholas), Anthony Edwards, and to a much lesser extent Eric Stolz.
Teenagers in 1982 will love this movie. It definitely reminded me of situations that happened at High School.
DVD Review: While you get the film in widescreen, the transfer is less than satisfying. I realise the film is over 20 years old, but Universal have not spent any time restoring the picture. It's almost blurry in parts. I'd have to rate this DVD as one of the worst transfers I've seen (please note I am basing my review on the Australian DVD transfer). The American DVD may have a better transfer.
Features wise, the DVD is above average.
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Format: VHS Tape
One of the alltime high school comedy classics harks back to 1982, based on a book written by Cameron Crowe, who disguised himself as a high schooler to get the characters and stories for said book. Amy Heckerling's movie version of the guys, gals, their shenanigans, and trials and tribulations of the students at Ridgemont High makes this a snapshot of 80's pop culture, full of memorable characters.
If I could do it over again, I'd probably hang out with the crowd of Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), the blonde, long-haired surfer dude with David Lee Roth attitude who some say was "stoned since the third grade." That's accurate enough, as he and his buds vacate the orange VW van, a puff of smoke emerges from within, just like in Scooby Doo. His calling Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), the overstrict, overdisciplinary, Steve McGarrett (Hawaii Five-Oh) imitating history professor, a profanity is a classic, as is the pizza-in-the-class scene. For Spicoli, surfing's not a sport. It's a way of looking at the waves and saying, "Hey bud, let's party!"
If not, maybe with Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), ace ticket scalper and the king of cool in the school, the cooler guy who takes in the nerd as his friend. I could've used someone like him in high school. According to him, "the attitude dictates that you don't care if [a girl] comes, stays, l-ys, or prays, whatever happens, your toes are still tapping, and when that happens, you have the attitude." He is confidence man and propper-up of the shorter and shier Mark "the Rat" Ratner (Brian Backer), who gets his five point plan for free.
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