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

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

  1. joeconn4

    joeconn4 Forum Resident

    burlington, vt
    I have a feeling the original books will still be valuable even if a new edition is released soon. Perhaps lower condition older copies will go down in value since a reading copy will be easier to find. But for originals in good shape, I suspect the market will still pay a premium.

    I'm lucky enough to have 2 copies of the paperback - the yellow cover movie tie-in with Spicoli and 2 girls on the cover, along with the white cover with the teen girl on it. An old girlfriend got them both for me one year for my birthday. This would have been around 2004 when the prices were a lot lower, around $30-$50. She said she found the white cover first, and when it arrived it was in such great condition (sharp corners, almost zero spine wear) that she knew I wouldn't want to crack it open to actually read it, and she happened to find a yellow cover copy for a good price on eBay, so she picked them both up for me. I was floored!!

    Just caught the movie again last night on AMC. Don't have a copy on disc so will definitely be picking it up this time.
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  2. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    Yep, because of this I'm switching to Sanka. Can't wait!
  3. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Honest question: why do you think it sours the movie?
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  4. crissrudd4554

    crissrudd4554 Well-Known Member

    Galloway, NJ
    I do wish this included the original mono audio.
  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I am really looking forward to the Criterion I only have the original BD...
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  6. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Some more good news from the blu-ray.com forum:

    It looks like Universal found an interpositive of the TV version, which was used to create an HD transfer. That's unexpected and welcome news for sure! I assumed that would be in SD, so this must-see bonus feature will be better than I hoped. Plus the TV version is supposed to have the mono soundtrack (the main version is 5.1 only I think)
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  7. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    If there isn't a 20-minute making-of documentary piece of just the "Phoebe Cates comes out of the swimming pool" scene in there...what's the point. :mad:
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  8. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Stuck in the 21st Century.

    Oh, they're always nice (except for 3-4 releases with teal issues, well one was yellowish, the others teal).
    Their release of All About Eve is supposed to look the same as the older Blu-ray (that I have), as was Dr. Strangelove I believe, but yeah this should be an upgrade.
    I like the cover of it.

    If I'm still alive then I might get it after all. Wish it would come out sooner
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  9. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    I had never seen All About Eve until I took a chance on the Criterion after reading what it was about. I really enjoyed it! Hope you don’t literally have a health issue, as it kinda sounds like in your response. These days you never know and can’t take that for granted.
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  10. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    I haven't seen this movie since the '80s and don't remember it very well aside from a few scenes. I had actually forgotten/never knew that Forest Whitaker was in this! Sounds like it's time to take it for another spin.
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  11. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    I would conservatively estimate that I have seen it around 70 times.
  12. It was once my most-watched movie, until it was overtaken by Repo Man. Which, coincidentally, also has an infamous TV edit including scenes deleted from the theatrical version.
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  13. Hanglow

    Hanglow Forum Resident

    Saratoga New York
    I know right?.........where's the other 40?
  14. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Well, that would just be the various different speed tests in slo-mo...
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  15. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    For me, it was released just before my final year of high school, so it was timely and relevant. Or as much as a Hollywood production could be (in later years I realized Dazed & Confused came much closer to capturing my high school experience). But the ensemble cast and classic jokes make repeated viewings welcome, especially with a group of peers.
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  16. GlobalObserver

    GlobalObserver Observing The Globe Since 1964

    I'm suddenly craving a Clamwich from Captain Hook Fish And Chips!

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    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Or maybe it's being reprinted for inclusion with this wonderful upcoming Criterion release? I'm hoping!!!

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