Can you believe it’s been forty years of “Summer Nights”? Grease was definitely the word upon its release in 1978. Now it is a staple of girls’ sleepovers (along with Dirty Dancing, Mean Girls, High School Musical The Notebook and other Nicholas Sparks movies).
On April 24th, Paramount will give the celebrated musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John a spectacular 40th anniversary bow with a brand-new 4K Blu-ray edition. From the official press release:
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.
Beyond a combo release that will include both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray, we will have new featurettes exploring how a Broadway play would become a worldwide phenomenon in the form of a hit movie, a sequel, and later a live special.
“Grease: A Chicago Story” features new interviews with writer Jim Jacobs and original cast members of the Chicago show. In addition, the discs include the original song the title sequence was animated to and an alternate ending salvaged from the original black & white 16mm work print discovered by director Randal Kleiser.
Both the 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Packs also feature more than an hour of previously released bonus material, including a sing-along, vintage interviews with the cast, deleted scenes and more. Plus, the Blu-ray Combo comes in collectible packaging with 16 pages of images laid out like a Rydell high school yearbook. Those looking to have the back-to-school, then definitely go for the Grease Collection as a Steelbook Locker. It’ll have the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of Grease, plus Grease 2 and Grease: Live!.
BRAND NEW RESTORATION of the film
NEW Grease: A Chicago Story
NEW Alternate Animated Main Titles
NEW Alternate Ending
Audio Commentary by director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch
Introduction by Randal Kleiser
The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease
Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with Introduction by Randal Kleiser
Grease Reunion 2002 – DVD Launch Party
Grease Memories from John & Olivia
The Moves Behind the Music
John Travolta and Allan Carr “Grease Day” interview
Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood “Grease Day” interview
Tags: Grease, Grease 2, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing