This is a movie directed by George Lucas that is actually available on DVD! That's pretty darn cool if you ask me!
The Making of American Graffiti:
This is an excellent documentary that deals with all aspects of making the movie. Much of the commentary comes directly from George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Also includes interviews with other cast and crew members, as well as screen test footage featuring it's then little-known stars. The entire 65 minute documentary can be played from beginning to end, or specific segments can be accessed according to topic through a separate chapter break screen.
The Usual Stuff
Menu Screen Presentation:
Not much to say here. The Main Menu screen features an illustration of Mel's Drive-In and one of it's friendly car-hops. (Similar to the cover of the American Graffiti soundtrack album.) Buttons for Chapter List, Bonus Materials, Language Selection, and Play are included. Sub-menus feature stills from the movie. No menu screens have sound of any kind.
Sound and Image Quality:
Pretty good picture quality, considering the age of this film and the fact that it takes place primarily in low light. The sound quality, however, is fantastic! THX 5.1 Dolby Digital is how this movie was always meant to be heard!
The original theatrical trailer is included.
Cast & Filmmakers:
Good biographies of the primary cast, including acting highlights. Also includes biography and filmography information for director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola.
This is a good text overview of information covered in the 'making of' documentary.
English captions are provided for the hearing impaired, and Spanish subtitles are also provided.
Language tracks are provided in English and French.
The Not-So-Cool Stuff A.K.A. The Complaints Department:
For a movie that celebrates wall-to-wall music, this is a very quiet DVD!!! None of the menu screens feature music of any kind.
You may notice there is no commentary track on this DVD, and you may also notice that I'm not complaining about that! The 'making of' documentary included with this package is very good, and any director's commentary track would most likely duplicate information found there. Overall, this is a good, basic DVD presentation.
Now George, about those other movies you've made...
A.J.'s DVD Rating: 3.5 Stars - Rock & Roll is here to stay!
(And so are DVD's, G.L.!)
April 2, 2001
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