||Dolby TrueHD 5.1
More than thirty years after its initial theatrical debut, "GREASE" will
still win over new fans with its blu-ray debut! This reviewer hated the film,
believing it traded in all of the magic of the original stage production for a
toned-down, semi-disney"esque" family-friendly version.
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in the lead roles, as Danny and Sandy,
two high-schoolers who've had a brief, romantic, certainly "non-sexual"
relationship over a summer, with the two believing they'd never see eachother
again. Of course, they're suprised, finding themselves attending the same school
as September begins. The clean-as-a-whistle Sandy appears to be hurting
tough-guy Danny's Greaser image, so as much as he likes her, he treats her with
disinterest when around his buddies. The relationship pushes and pulls apart, as
Danny and Sandra both contemplate what image and "love" mean to each of them,
until a major change of character and appearance occurs at the end, for a
rousing musical finish.
Some of the songs are terrific, as is the case with "Summer lovin'" but others,
"GREASED LIGHTNING" have been so watered down due to their original lyrics, that
it's insulting to see what the "successful" producers of the show did to their
originally "Better" material.
Still, fans of the film comprise many age groups, and all will be pleased with
the blu-ray presentation.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
blu-ray release. While the image is notably better than it's ever looked before
on dvd or on high-def cable airings(always cropped!), it's still hindered by
waivering levels of detail, from one scene to the next. There are moments
wherein the colors are incredibly rich and vibrant, pushed to limits without any
hint of oversaturation. Detail can be so terrific, it's easy to finally see that
Newton-Johns pants aren't actually just "painted" on to her skin during their
final dance number! But, there are just as many moments where detail falls
completely flat, frustrating the great moments that were just viewed!
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Unfortunately, while it sounds
better than the standard dolby digital 5.1 mix found on dvd and laserdisc, it's
no more immersive than before, with surrounds rarely utilized, missing out the
chance to enhance the musical sequences. While some separation occurs, most of
the film is center-channel focused, less than ideal for a musical.
There are loads of extras to please fans of the film. Along with a commentary
from the film's director and choreographer, we get a sing-along, with options
for fans to jump to whichever song they want to sing to, old and new interviews,
a "GREASE ON DVD LAUNCH PARTY" wherein Travolta and Newton-John join together in
singing some of the songs, along with cast members for the "Summer nights"
finale, deleted and alternate scenes, and even more!