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American Graffiti [DVD] [1973]

Richard Dreyfuss , Ron Howard , George Lucas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Kurtz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Here's how American critic Roger Ebert described the unique and lasting value of George Lucas' 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 semi-autobiographical 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 DJ 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 realised 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. --Jeff Shannon,

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(2003/UNIVERSAL UK) PAl, Code 2/4, Deutsch/E/ES/F/I, 108 Mins. Bonus "Making Of" (78 Min.)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful

George Lucas' "American Graffiti" is remembered (and quite rightly so) with great affection - a five-star masterpiece that's almost unique in its vision of growing up in 1962 America listening to music on the radio in your car, getting up to no good and generally enjoying the sheer blast of 'boss' Saturday night on the town. It also has one of the most atmospheric and brilliantly woven-in soundtracks 'ever' - an MCA 2LP set released with the movie in August 1973 that the public adored and kept on buying for decades after (it peaked at Number 10). It's also forgotten now, but "American Graffiti" virtually kick-started the massive Rock'n'Roll revival of the early Seventies that saw every major label reissue R'n'B, Doo Wop and R'n'R LPs to beat the band - much to the delight of music fans. And who among us wouldn't have wanted to spend the night in the company of the awesome Wolfman Jack (dialogue above).

I say all of this as a preamble, because I have no beef with the movie or what surrounds it. BUT - I have very real misgivings about the quality of the print on this 2011 BLU RAY reissue (hence the 2-star rating). It's not great at all, and in places, it's truly awful.

The opening Universal Logo looks ancient and scratched to bits, but as the movie credits begin to roll the picture-quality looks more promising if not a little blurry. You also see that we're in the early part of an evening still bathed in fading daylight, but as the movie quickly progresses, every shot becomes a night time scene - and the blocking and terrible grain of the original print just gets worse and worse.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well stocked DVD for Lucas' 1962 memoir 25 Jan 2001
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Released for the first time in widescreen, which greatly enhances the viewing of the film, this DVD also includes the original trailer and a superb 75 minute documentary with director George Lucas, producer Francis Ford Coppola and the main cast. Proving there was a time when Lucas could direct actors and not just manipulate blue screen, American Graffiti is a striking period piece which tells the intertwining tales of a group of teenagers in Smalltown USA. Packed with an incessant soundtrack of 1950's and 1960's hits, American Graffiti takes on a semi-documentary style. This free-flowing narrative is enhanced by the director's particular choices as to which takes made the finished film (but you'll have to watch the documentary to see what I mean). The film is packed with a veritable who's who of character actors and soon-to-be-stars, including director-in-waiting Ron Howard, the ever watchable Richard Dreyfuss and some ex-carpenter called Harrison Ford who nobody's heard of since. The film also features appearances from Kathleen Quinlan (who went on to appear in The Doors, Breakdown and Apollo 13, the latter directed by Ron Howard himself), and Charles Martin Smith, who later appeared in The Buddy Holly Story, John Carpenter's Starman and The Untouchables, as well as directing the pilot episode for Buffy The Vampire Slayer (eat your heart out, George). Full credit to Universal for this DVD release, which is an essential purchase for any fan of the film who has already worn their videotape thin.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days 22 Mar 2003
This film has a little bit of everything in it. The acting is great - Richard Dreyfus is superb. The cars are fantastic and the soundtrack is practically unbeatable.
The story is about how four school friends spend their last night in town before going off (or not as the case may be) to live the rest of the their lives.
Often funny, sometimes sad, but always very watchable. If you love class acting, the film's a must; if you love classic American cars, the film's a must and if you love rock n'roll why are you still reading this - you should be watching the film!
Any Harrison Ford fans out there should keep an eye out for him as the man in the cowboy hat who's out to beat one of the four guys in a road race.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your facts right 18 April 2011
Um American Graffitti came out in 1973 and Happy Days in 1974, so ignore the 'Sit on it' review of 14th April and just watch this film for what it is, a poignant beautifully crafted film which is as much of a joy to watch now as it was when it first came out.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for any generation 5 May 2003
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Im just about 20 now so by no means a contemporary :) I first remember seeing a glimpse of this film on TV when I was about 6. All I remembered was the yellow car and something about a gear knob being given to a girl. Then I saw the very end again on TV the other week! Right! Straight onto teletext to get the name, then straight onto Amazon to order.
This film is brilliant. It would be so good to live the old Americana way and this film encapsulates the whole feeling (well, what I reckon would be the feeling). There is something for everyone, everyone can relate to something. For me, a modified Nova GTE owner I love watching Milner drive around in the '32 Deuce Coupe, having the odd race, the odd smoke and listening to the tunes. The music is just fantastic. I have never bought any non-contemporary music before and probably never will but this is just something else. It all envelops the characters and the film to an incredible level. Brilliant. Interviews with the cast and how they are now is a top feature but also scary as in 30 or 40 years I'm going to be in that position looking back at old pictures of the Nova!
As the guy said above the ending is both liberating and sombre, finding out what happens later to all the people in a film is something youre often left wondering, with this being a true-to-life film true-to-life fates do lay in store :(
Don't consider it, just click the order button right now
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Around The Engine Block
I caught this movie back in the late 70's and saw it just the once. If you're a petrol head and have a passion for Hot Rods and cars with more chrome than you can throw a polishing... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Smoothyman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not the est copy i have seen.
Published 12 days ago by dave armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you "cruised" in the sixties you will love this.
Published 15 days ago by Terry Booty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie. Thoroughly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
1.0 out of 5 stars incorrect information !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very very very unhappy. Information on our website were incorrect. On the stand you had a disc contains subtitles but the disc actually contains no subtitles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dávid Depeš
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 2 months ago by Blood
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
I love this film, not much in the way of a story, just a few sketches tied together but oh the music and the cars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rodney Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
great movie, I thought the packaging of the disc box could be better, with interior art and other things. at the fine is a classic
Published 2 months ago by Igor Peixoto
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan of the fifties!
Loved it - took me back to the fifties - my favourite decade. (When I was debonair, good looking, sexy, a puller of chicks, a brilliant dancer, and, let me see, oh yes, a bit of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. E. D. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film the first time I saw it at ...
Loved this film the first time I saw it at the movies and it was just great to enjoy it all over again.
Published 2 months ago by Keth Burchell
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