It was the snake-hipped dance routines which made John Travolta an immediate sex symbol. But seen today, his performance as Tony is compelling: rough-hewn, certainly, but complex and true, anticipating the fine screen actor he would be recognised as 20 years later. Scenes of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, representing Tony's route to a bigger world, now have an added poignancy, adding to Saturday Night Fever's evocative power. It's a bittersweet classic.
On the DVD: Saturday Night Fever is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack, both of which help to recapture the unique atmosphere of the late 1970s. The main extra is a director's commentary from John Badham, with detailed descriptions of casting and the improvisation behind many of the scenes, plus the unsavoury reality behind Travolta's iconic white disco suit. --Piers Ford
More than a celebration of all things disco, Saturday Night Fever is also a gripping story about a young mans struggle to transcend the confines of his humdrum existence.
Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award® for his sensitive portrayal of Tony Manero, a Brooklyn store clerk who finds escape from a dead-end life on the disco floor. Set to the classic Bee Gees soundtrack, Saturday Night Fever is a legendary icon of American culture and cinema.
30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
Disc One: Commentary by Director, John Badham / 70s Discopedia
Disc Two: Catching The Fever / Back To Bay Ridge / Dance Like Travolta With John Cassese / Fever Challenge!
This movie was made during a risky time when Anti Disco campaign was sweeping the US and the disco movement went undergroud in Chicago and New York, this movie changed peoples perception on Disco and on John Travolta.
John Trovolta plays Tony Manero and troubled teen from Brooklyn, whos strong italian family influence troubles him when they don't know and understand his worth. He escapes his average everyday life at the local discotheque, where his is king of the dancefloor, grooving to the funky tunes.
It is a sad story with great music and a superb dance scene by Travolta, who looks and plays the part of Tony Manero to a T. A very true image of teenage life and the hardships one goes through to find ones true self. A great movie with a insight on a different time when platform shoes and polyester rule, one of the best lines in the movie is when the DJ announces "I love that polyester look" over the mike in the club. It tacky and sleazy and ideal to watch the dance scenes before a night out, it will really get you in the mood!
A movie that will travel through the ages and make you want to learn how to hussle!!
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