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"Fast Times At Ridgemont High" Criterion Release, May 2021

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JAuz, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    "whatever happens, your toes are still tappin'"

    Glad to see this getting the Criterion treatment. The best of the new bonus features looks like the TV version. Will that be in HD though? Or cropped to 4:3?

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Amy Heckerling, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe
    • Television version of the film from the eighties, featuring deleted and alternate scenes
    • New conversation with Heckerling and Crowe, moderated by filmmaker Olivia Wilde
    • Reliving Our “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a 1999 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
    • Audio discussion from 1982 with Heckerling at the American Film Institute
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Dana Stevens and, for the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Crowe

      New cover by F. Ron Miller
  2. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    I will upgrade my old DVD for sure.
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  3. Bowie Fett

    Bowie Fett Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Sounds fantastic.
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  4. NaturalD

    NaturalD Forum Resident

    Boston, Mass., USA
    Can’t wait for this, you fuzzy nerds
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  5. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Horrible cover art.........
    sorry to be so 'judging-a-book-by-it's-cover'-y.
  6. SoundAdvice

    SoundAdvice Forum Resident

    I think the TV version has 15-18 minutes extra stuff and it's all stuck in full screen standard definition.

    Is this the commentary track that goes 7 minutes past credits on the DVD, but was chopped off on the previous blu.

    Amy Heckerling did an criterion closet video a couple years ago, so they must have sat on this for awhile. Zoom based special features on blu-rays work better for some companies/labels/genres/individuals than others.
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  7. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Now this is one film that deserves the full Criterion treatment.
  8. geetar_await

    geetar_await You bet yer sweet bippy I like music.

    This is one film i've always been on the fence about, in regards to upgrading from DVD. I enjoy it, but don't think I'll go Blu-Ray or pursue any SE release. Outtakes, interviews, etc. I'll view once, and that's it.
  9. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Interesting, I'm a big fan of this one.

    Really don't need the whole television version. I'd never watch it. Just the alternate and extra scenes would be great.

    *New conversation with Heckerling and Crowe, moderated by filmmaker Olivia Wilde
    I hope this is pure appreciation of the movie, and not a semi-scolding rundown on what some now consider "problematic" as is often the case with new releases of 80's pictures. That gets tiresome.
  10. See if you can read my mind.
    I am thinking of a scene in this movie , a very specific scene.
    Which one?
  11. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'd guess that there's a 4K release in the not too distant future too, based on their "4k digital transfer" statement. Criterion doesn't do UHD discs at this point though, so It'd be up to Universal for physical disc or send it out to the streaming services.

    How many episodes of the TV series were there? I wonder if that would be possible to do as a bonus.
  12. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    The scene that I would love to see Olivia Wilde recreate as that Character in a Remake of this Movie?
  13. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Does it have this on the soundtrack?

  14. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Oh, you mean the director of a movie whose plot was slightly negated by real life events?
  15. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

    Golden, CO USA
    They should advertise that numerous outtakes of that scene will be made available in high def!
  16. Vahan

    Vahan Forum Resident

    Glendale, CA, USA
    I'm hoping for more releases like this with the deleted scenes from the TV versions (i.e. Naked Gun Trilogy and Problem Child 1 & 2).
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  17. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    Oh, just say it already.
    Vincent Schiavelli pulling the heart out of the dead guy.
  18. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

    Wish they would include the short lived tv series as a bonus..
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  19. Heavy Music

    Heavy Music Forum Resident

    Your prayers have been answered, from Criterions website:

    "Television version of the film from the eighties"

    Unless this is not the version you are looking for of course.
  20. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There was also a TV spinoff show in 1986 (7 episodes) with different actors except for Mr Hand and Vargas. That is different from the TV version of the movie, which is notable for having some different scenes from the theatrical version.

    Fast Times - Wikipedia
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2021
  21. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Are they going to have all the original songs? I recall seeing a later edition where some of the tunes had been replaced. Makes me hold on to my prized VHS copy.
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  22. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't the 2011 blu-ray (and all the multiple re-issued of this transfer) have the original songs? I didn't see anything in the review I read of it about songs being replaced.
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  23. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    No idea. If so, that's great. It was a looonnnnggg time ago, but I recall watching it and both the Jackson Brown and Tom Petty songs had been removed. I mean, how can you watch Brad drive his Buick into the lot on the first day of school without American Girl playing?
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  24. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

  25. Shoes1916

    Shoes1916 Forum Resident

    United States
    What fascinated me on re-watching recently is what a brilliant, grim film it is; much deeper & far less funny than I remembered...
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