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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: #168,970 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on Jan. 15 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow on Dec 1 2003
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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By Tom Benton on Sept. 22 2003
Format: DVD
Along with films like RAGING BULL, HIGHLANDER, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and SCARFACE, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH ranks among the most important cult-hit films of the 80's. Sporting an awesome soundtrack and featuring gnarly performances by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Robert Romanus and Ray Walston, the film tells the tale of a group of high schoolers and their time in and out of school as they enjoy sex, rock n' roll, malls, and just being plain stupid. A long time before her hit CLUELESS, Amy Heckerling directs the film with a sense of humorous reality; Cameron Crowe's script mixes rollicking laughs with true-life drama - Crowe actually went undercover as a high school student to get the information for the book on which the film is based. The cast all gives great performance (many in their debut roles), but, of course, Sean Penn as super-wasted Spicoli is the greatest. He brings such hilarious comedy to the film, that he singlehandedly rules every image of the movie...without even being in them. Who would've though high school could be so much fun?
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Format: DVD
Fast Times At Ridgemont High is an awesome......totally awesome movie! Everything is great! I just watched it and I feel like watching it again. Everything from Sean Penn and his pizza delivery, or Phoebe Cates coming out of the pool, to Judge Reinhold in the bathroom. Everything in this movie is cool. This is one of those movies that you get your friends together and watch. My favorite characters have to be Mike, Rat, and, of course, Sean Penn as the stoned surfer, Jeff Spicoli. Sean Penn had the best lines for this entire movie. I also liked Brad Hamilton. He was a great brother and funny (100% Guaranteed Breakfast). Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda (Phoebe Cates) are two very hot people! You'll get to see. Who can't forget the pool scene? The soundtrack rocks too. There are so many great songs! This movie is gnarly!
Overall, I loved this movie. It was hilarious, funny, and dramatic at the same time. Parents must be warned though. This movie was originally rated X, but they cut down some scenes (in the shed, the baseball dugout).
Rated R for strong nudity, strong sexual content, drug use, and brief strong language.
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