John Travolta ascended to superstar status in "Saturday Night Fever" when he took the role as Tony Manero, a young man with a passion to escape a mediocre existence as a Brooklyn paint store clerk. When he dares to wear polyester and dreams about being king on the disco dance floor, he meets another passionate dancer (Gorney) who is just as eager for a more glamorous life. Without a doubt, much of the success of the movie can be attributed to the Bee Gees
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that has a soft, dated appearance, but should also be quite pleasing for its age. Some scenes exhibit satisfying sharpness. Colors are nicely balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for optimal visual information in the dark club scenes. Film grain and dirt are revealed from the source element. Edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, and there is some bothersome pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is a new remastering effort, and one that is remarkable. As opposed to Grease, which had a somewhat reserved repurposing of the music, this soundtrack has a rather impressive remixing of the music, distributing the audio generously throughout the soundstage with prominent surround activity. Another notable aspect of the repurposed music is the low-end, which sounds slightly boomy at times but nonetheless provides for a nice bass foundation. The .1 LFE channel is active throughout, albeit subtly so. Spatial coherence in general is rather notable with the music, as well as the atmospheric effects, the latter of which also sound somewhat surprisingly spacious and enveloping. Other parts of the audio, such as the dialogue, are quite pristine with the expected hints of a dated recording. (Perry Sun)
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