Movie Review: GREASE 40th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

40 years later, it’s still the word… GREASE is based on the musical of the same name. The movie was directed by Randal Kleiser from a screenplay by Allan Carr and Bronte Woodard and stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Barry Pearl and Lorenzo Lamas, with Eve Arden, Dody Goodman, Alice Ghostley, Frankie Avalon and Sid Caesar.

Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

Grease is a high school love story that follows Danny and Sandy, two complete opposites who meet during their summer vacation and strike up a romance that temporarily stalls when the school year starts back. Sandy is the new girl in school and Danny is a cool cat member of the T-Birds and when the two see each other, Danny plays it cool a little too much and it turns Sandy off. Danny has to make a few light changes but so does Sandy who ends up revealing a much cooler side of herself and the two end up getting back together.

The special thing about this 1978 popular culture phenom is that it’s a mixture of different genres all rolled into one extremely entertaining watch. It’s a high school dramedy that features a classic love story that’s set to an incredible soundtrack that includes the popular songs “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, “Grease.” There’s also a fantasy element in the movie that fits in just right with what all’s going on with these wonderful characters.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc has a black finish and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc has a light blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Paramount worked with director Randal Kleiser to restore Grease to its original vibrancy with the highest quality sound, picture resolution and color.  The original negative was scanned and received extensive clean up and color correction using previously unavailable digital restoration tools such as high dynamic range technology.  In addition, the audio was enhanced from a six-track mix created for an original 70mm release, giving the music more clarity.  The resulting picture and sound create an exceptional home viewing experience. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality.

Bottom line is, even though I’m not a fan of musicals, Grease is the one that I’ve watched countless times over the years because it’s such a fun watch and it never gets old because there’s so much more to it than just being a musical. It’s also a love story about the two likable characters, Danny and Sandy, as well as their friends who deal with the growing pains and drama of high school through song and dance. John Travolta is the coolest as Danny and Olivia Newton-John is the prettiest as Sandy. I still have a crush on her to this very day! This movie has also cemented itself as an important part of pop culture that so many generations have fallen in love with and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. This incredible cast is also complimented by one of the greatest soundtracks of all-time. Who hasn’t sang along with some of these awesome tunes? I’m guilty but thankfully nobody saw me or heard me.  Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before in UHD that features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast. Grease is celebrating is 40th anniversary and is now available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) and is a must have if you don’t already own this fun classic.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: PG

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160P Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / EDA / French, German, Italian, Japanese 2.0, Brazillian, Portuguese, Castillian and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital Mono

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / EDA / French, German, Italian, Japanese 2.0, Brazillian, Portuguese, Castillian and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Mandarin Simplified, Mandarin Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The fantastic extras include more than an hour of previously released bonus material, including a sing-along, vintage interviews with the cast, deleted scenes and more.

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Commentary by director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch
  • Introduction by Randal Kleiser
  • Rydell Sing-Along
  • The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease (22:26)
  • Grease: A Chicago Story—NEW! (24:30)
  • Alternate Animated Main Titles—NEW! (03:44)
  • Alternate Ending—NEW! (00:45)
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with Introduction by Randal Kleiser (10:17)
  • Grease Reunion 2002 – DVD Launch Party (15:13)
  • Grease Memories from John & Olivia (03:23)
  • The Moves Behind the Music (08:14)
  • Thunder Roadsters (05:22)
  • John Travolta and Allan Carr “Grease Day” interview (01:48)
  • Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood “Grease Day” interview (02:06)
  • Photo Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:09)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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