Movie Review: VALLEY GIRL (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

VALLEY GIRL was directed by Martha Coolidge from a screenplay by Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford and stars Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink, Cameron Dye, Michael Bowen, Frederic Forrest and Colleen Camp.

She’s cool. He’s hot. She’s from the Valley. He’s not. Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in the totally awesome comedy Valley Girl! When Julie Foreman dumps her preppy boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find love with the rockin’ Randy (Nicolas Cage). The future’s open wide for Julie… but when her disapproving friends (E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink) find Randy to be grody to the max, she is caught up in a culture clash between her Valley lifestyle and her Hollywood punk.

This 1983 punk rock romantic comedy follows Julie Richman, a cute teen from the San Fernando Valley who ends up meeting Randy, a rebellious punk rocker city boy from Hollywood. A romance slowly blossoms between the two but standing in Randy’s way is Julie’s preppy ex-boyfriend Tommy who she can’t decide if she wants to completely break it off with him or not. Her friends want her to stay with Tommy but the more Julie is around Randy the more she likes him and the more fun she has. Julie finds herself in a totally awkward situation that she ultimately has to deal with.

It’s a clash of cultures (and growing pains) between Julie and Randy but the sparks are flying anyway and they can’t help but fall for each other even though obstacles are thrown at them all the time. Julie has some gnarly drama she has to juggle because she has to deal with the ongoing peer pressure from her girlfriends about her broken relationship with her egotistical ex but she also has to be patient with her new boyfriend’s oddball ways. Ultimately, the cute teen has to make up her own mind of which guy to keep and in the end she finally takes a chance with Randy plus he gets a little sweet revenge on his sleazy competition who’s given him hell the entire time.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features some fantastic all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. This Shout Select release has been given an all-new 4K HD scan of the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it had been a long time since I’d watched Valley Girl and it’s a movie that sort of led the charge in the early 80s. Even though John Hughes was the king of the 80s when it came to cheesy teen rom-coms, there were plenty of others that maybe didn’t get as big of a push when it came to the audiences but they were just as good when it came to the content. The story about these two unlikely teens falling for each other uses the typical formula just like so many others but what comes with it is what makes this movie such a cool watch. Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage lead the cast and they do a great job as these two teens who slowly fall for each other even though they’re not supposed to according to their friends. Martha Coolidge delivered a classic gem and captured so much magic with this trendsetting rom-com. The movie not only includes some of the popular valley slang from that time but it also features a fantastic soundtrack that helps tell the story. Valley Girl is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will be available for the first time ever in high-def when it arrives on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 30th.This 1983 romantic comedy is the latest classic to join Shout! Factory’s impressive Shout Select lineup and is worth adding to your collection.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include lots of extensive interviews with some of the cast and crew, photo galleries, storyboard comparisons, a music featurette, character featurettes, two music videos and the original trailer.

  • NEW “In Conversation – Director Martha Coolidge with Actors E.G. Daily and Heidi Holicker” (50:11)
  • NEW “Greetings from the San Fernando Valley” (A short history of the iconic San Fernando Valley) Hosted by Tommy Gelinas of The Valley Relics Museum (19:14)
  • NEW Extended Interviews from 2003 with Nicolas Cage, Cameron Dye, Frederic Forrest, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp, Lee Purcell, Producers Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford, Peter Case of The Plimsouls, Josie Cotton, DJ Richard Blade, and more
  • “Show and Tell” Photo Gallery (04:47)
  • Storyboard to Film Comparisons (11:30)
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary with Director Martha Coolidge
  • “Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later” (24:15)
  • “In Conversation: Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge” (20:00)
  • “The Music of Valley Girl” (15:57)
  • The Girls (47:51)
  • The Boys (54:09)
  • The Parents (42:59)
  • The Bands (54:11)
  • The Producers – Writers (14:17)
  • Music Videos (08:13)
  • Trailer (02:27)

 

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