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Dirty Dancing [DVD]

Patrick Swayze , Jennifer Grey , Emile Ardolino    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston
  • Directors: Emile Ardolino
  • Writers: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Producers: Doro Bachrach, Eleanor Bergstein, Linda Gottlieb, Mitchell Cannold, Steven Reuther
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YA8P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,574 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As with Grease (1978) and Footloose (1984) before it, Dirty Dancing was a cultural phenomenon that now plays more like camp. That very campiness, though, is part of its biggest charm. And if the dancing in the movie doesn't seem particularly "dirty" by today's standards--or 1987's--it does take place in an era (the early '60s) when it would have. Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey, daughter of ageless hoofer Joel Grey), vacationing in the Catskills with her family one summer, falls under the sway (as it were) of dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Baby is a pampered pup, but Johnny is a man of the world. Baby's father Jake can't see the basic decency in greaser Johnny that she can. It should come as no surprise to find that Baby, who can be as immature as her name, learns more about love and life--and dancing--from free-spirited Johnny than traditionalist Jake. Dirty Dancing spawned two successful soundtracks, a short-lived TV series and a stage musical. It may be predictable, but Grey and Swayze have chemistry, charisma and all the right moves. It's a sometimes silly movie with occasionally mind-boggling dialogue--"No one puts Baby in a corner!"--that nonetheless carries an underlying message about tolerance and is filled with the kind of exuberant spirit that is hard for even the most cynical to resist. Not that they would ever admit it. --Kathy Fennessy

On the DVD: The information outlined on the package makes the special features appear very appealing: you too could "Learn to Dirty Dance". However, all the DVD actually teaches you is how to move from side to side with a slow "cha cha cha"--not exactly "dirty". Other additional features include the obligatory scene selection and a directors commentary from Eleanor Bergstein, offers interesting snippets of trivia, but overall is dull and stuttering. There's also the original theatrical trailer plus a very poor selection of filmographies for the cast and crew which (none of whom aside from Swayze ever amounted to much) which is difficult to read due to the italic scrawl they insist on using across the whole features section. That being said with a 1.78:1 ratio and Dolby Digital 5.1 this release is the closest you will get to reliving those 1980s school discos and back-seat cinema rows. --Nikki Disney

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DVD Columbia , 5035822100251, 1987 Region 2 PAL Widescreen

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Had The Time of My Life 5 Jan 2008
This is amazing. I have loved this film for long as I can remember and can barely believe that it is 20 years old!! It is still as fresh as it was when it came out 20 years ago and it's one of those films that you can watch time and time again without getting bored with it.
Great storyline, great characters, great actors and great music make this film one of the best films from the last 20 years.
The 20th Anniversary Edition is good. It has bonus features that you won't get anywhere else with interviews from the two main characters/actors as well as original auditions and lots more. Worth buying even if you own the original version before for the extra alone it's worth it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great package 7 Dec 2010
This is an excellent package. It has everything you need, a great Patrick Swayze Tribute, over an hour of brand new fascinating extras. As well as a 28 page commemorative booklet with a touching piece from Writer Eleanor Bergstein.
For the reviewer who gave 1 star with disc problems, the disc with both Patrick and Jennifer on is a Blu-ray, and wont work in a DVD player. the other 2 discs are DVDs and will. I hope this helps!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I bought this for my wife hoping that the BlueRay version would be good, but the picture quality is no better than the original recording in fact it looks much like the BlueRay was burnt from the original VHS tape! The picture is speckly and in fact there are particular places where the picture quality looks worse than the DVD (e.g. the contrast of the white jacket of Tito Suarez looks totally un-natural).

Save yourself a few quid and buy it on DVD.

Jeremy :)
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the girl's night in! 10 May 2004
Myself and several of my classmates skipped school one afternoon and went into the city to see this flick. At the age of 13, this was the perfect film about defying your parents and finding first, forbidden, love.
Patrick Swayze, with his tight jeans and bouffant hair, was just a God. We all wanted to be Baby - in fact, if I remember correctly, I wanted to have his babies!! I had a list of names written out and everything - cringe!!
Myself and those same classmates still watch this movie regularly - with tonnes of popcorn and chocolates, for that perfect chick's night in.
This time around though, there are as many laughs as swoons. The dialogue is sooooo cheezy. 'When are you goin' to tell your Paw that I'm your man?!' and of course the wonderful play/pause/rewind 'Nobody puts Baby in a corner' that always has us in hysterics. I also love the end 'spontaneous' dance sequence, where everyone knows the steps, and Baby is left sashaying on the stage, alone, grinning like a muppet.
Now I look at the movie with an adult's eye, and I realise that really Baby would have tired of Johnny within a week, because apart from being damn sexy, he was also plain dumb. But it's great to revisit that time in your life when all you wanted from a movie was escapism, some good toons, and a big slice of beefcake!
Ah, the memories.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray?. Nah... 22 Aug 2009
I absolutely love this movie. Has been one of my all time favourite chick flicks. But there is no difference from dvd to blu ray with this item.
This is not blu ray quality. It's normal dvd quality, in fact the transfer is so bad at times the image is blurred and fuzzy on the edges. The company who transferred this to blu ray should be sacked!!! Due to the poor Blu Ray quality, I give this one star.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Nov 2007
By sas99
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant film i must have seen it multiple times. patrick swayze is gorgeous as johnny castle and jennifer Grey is just perfect as Baby. The dancing is brilliant and i always get hairs on the back of my neck in the final dance scene. There are lots of extras on this dvd including interviews, deleted scenes, etc. Just wonderful !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good factor. 25 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Not since Gene Kelly have dancing films been so good. As for the feel good factor of a small town girl falling in love with a bad boy dancer, it makes even the most cold hearted of us feel warm and fuzzy. Definately Patrick Swayze's best film, exceeding even Ghost in my eyes. The songs are catchy, the dances are great and oh so enviable, and to top it all, Partick gets his top off and we all get a look at those shoulders. Definately worth the money and you will watch it over and over again, trying to learn the dances- i know i have!! Enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film, Just Not My Cup Of Tea 15 Nov 2011
I'll start by saying that there is very little wrong with this film; it has a great cast, a charming story, strong dialogue and some excellent characters; not to mention a good soundtrack.

I did enjoy this movie and I can understand why so many people hold it in such high regard, it's a fine film; the only thing that lets it down for me is the subject matter, dancing isn't really my thing. So my score of 6/10 is a testimony to how good a film this really is, for a film of this type to entertain me, even just a little surprised me completely. There is simply nothing to hate here, as it tells the story of a girls journey into womanhood, and the dancing is simply the catalyst for the change.
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