Saturday Night Fever
- The Disc:4.5
John Badham (War Games, Short Circuit) was a young filmmaker attempting to make the...
John Badham (War Games, Short Circuit) was a young filmmaker attempting to make the TV-to-feature film leap when opportunity knocked with this ostensibly small film about the relatively new fad of disco, and the dance culture that sprang from it. Thanks in no small part to a zeitgeist-seizing soundtrack by The Bee Gees, Badham created a worldwide phenomenon that etched itself into modern popular culture. The film tells the story of Tony (John Travolta), a directionless nineteen-year-old who wishes for a different life. He has no education and no options, but he can dance. Every Friday night at Odyssey 2001 nightclub, Tony is king of the dance floor. When he meets Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), a trained dancer, Tony's lack of ambition soon boils to the surface. It's only in his desire to partner with Stephanie in order to win a dance competition that he begins to examine his life and truly think about where he's heading. Seeing this film in HD for the first time is a revelation. It's a true film of the seventies: all diffuse filters and vibrant colours, shot with a crystal clarity that holds up astonishingly well for a film that is now 31 years old. The pumping 5.1 surround soundtrack is phenomenal, and Saturday Night Fever has never looked or sounded any better, making this extras-packed Blu-ray release the definitive one.